Lord Shades are a band from France that plays a very atmospheric form of black, doom, and death metal and this is a review of their 2012 album "The Rise Of Meldral -Nok" which was released by Blue Wave Productions.
Drums range from slow, mid paced to fast drumming with some blast beats being thrown into the music at times, while the synths bring a very dark and atmospheric sound to the music that have a progressive rock feeling to them at times along with some violins and flutes that bring a classical/folk music edge to the music, as for the bass playing it has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars and at times they have a very powerful sound to them.
Rhythm guitars range from slow, mid paced to fast riffs that combine influences from doom, black and death metal along with some dark sounding melodies to create a sound of their own along with some technical riffing with the songs being very long and epic in length while the lead guitars are very melodic sounding guitar solos and leads, as for the acoustic guitars they are only used on the last song and they add another dimension of darkness to the music and they use full chords and finger picking.
Vocals range from raspy blackened death metal screams to deep death metal growls as well as a brief use of spoken word parts along with some clean singing gregorian chanting being used on one song in addition there are some female operatic parts, while the lyrics cover dark and esoteric themes, as for the production it has a very strong, powerful, heavy and professional sound to it where you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording.
In my opinion Lord Shades are a very great sounding atmospheric blackened doom/death metal band and if you are a fan of this style, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Ancient Fear" "The Dark Fleet" and "Fool For Wisdom". RECOMMENDED BUY.