PANCHRYSIA - IN OBSCURE DEPTHS - LSP
Panchrysia is a new name out of the Flemish lowlands playing death and black metal. The album opener quickly establishes Panchrysia as a pure band in the vein of Immortal. The band earns the comparison via elements like Immortal vocals, dynamic arrangements, varying tempos and a good sound. Song number five, The Winter Chill, is probably the best song here. Here the guitars truly come into their own. The sound is raging and the riffing intense beyond belief. Then there is a track like unnamed closer which is an instruMENTAL piece reminiscent of the wacky moments of Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon. Hmm!! Should you be wondering, what has been the bane of many bands recently, trendy elements like like keyboards, are absent from In Obscure Depths thank the Devil. The quartet has gone out of its way to project a modern image here having, in the process, abandoned their original logo. Sadly the lay-out has snipped some of the lyrics from the final product and consequently dampened some of the effect. It will be difficult to find much on In Obscure Depths that can be termed original. Simultaneously there is nothing here that is done not well-done and attractive to fans of the extreme end of the metal genre.