Gurthang (CD) - Shattered Echoes
Taken from label Cimmerian Shade Recordings: "Gurthang was founded by A.Z.V. on the 8th of January 2010 as one-man death/doom project. Its style later evolved into blackened doom metal with some death metal touches. In 2011 bassist Stormalv and keyboardist Sam joined the band. With this lineup the band released their first EP and debut album 'Desolated in Darkness'. At that time, Gurthang’s music turned into darker, more desolate regions of doom. The year 2012 brought another lineup change: keyboardist Demon ov Darkness joined the band to release their second long-play entitled 'Infinite Void' and another EP 'Forgotten Deity'. The third album, released in 2013 marked leaving funeral style and going deeper into blacker spaces. However not for long, because the band’s fourth release entitled 'I Will Not Serve' brought music more powerful, full of anger, yet still in the blackened doom vein. A B-side from the album has been released on 7” vinyl split with Moloch in 2016. Gurthang returns in early 2017 with their newest album entitled 'Shattered Echoes'.
'Shattered Echoes' is a big step forward from Gurthang’s previous material, yet still has the feeling of previous releases making it a natural progression in the band’s evolution. Haunting keyboard passages, powerful guitars and drums with Luciferian vocals create a unique atmosphere of Hell and devastation; ‘Shattered Echoes’ moves into a more melodic blackened death vein. The album introduces both Polish and English lyrics, more usage of lead guitars and for the first time: clean vocals. It also has the most powerful and polished production in the band’s history. "