Review from Metal Temple

December 15, 2020
From: Metal Temple
Published: December 5, 2020

From their Bandcamp page, “On their debut full-length, “Through the False Narrows,” LIMINAL SHROUD takes inspiration from the surging ocean and mist-strewn coast to explore themes of futility, passage, and individual and metaphysical transformation. As the skies turn grey and dense fogs hang above the shoreline, LIMINAL SHROUD will expel a swirl of melancholia and torment over its moss-strewn forests and perilous waves.” The album contains seven tracks.

“A Hollow Visage” leads off the album. It opens with a depressing riff and some muted production, lumbering forward slowly. It picks up into a heavy rhythm, with lead guitar carrying some of the melody. The vocals are raspy screams, and there is an underlying tone of despondence present here. It takes an ambient pause towards the end, with clean guitars and more depressing tones. “Tainted Toil” begins with some guitar dissonance and what sounds like Black Metal BLACK SABBATH. The chord progressions are a bit odd here…but when they finally hit their mark, they are harrowing. The riff changes in the second half of the song to a new sound.

“To Forget…” is an eight-minute beast. It opens with some steady bass and drum work, while the guitars venture out a bit over top. Then come the raspy vocals. Again, the riff changes around the half-way mark, and seems to get lost a bit before coming back on track for the remainder of the song. The ambient ending is beautiful. “The Grotto” begins with fuzzy guitar chords and a bit more of a linear sound. It has a swinging groove to it as well. The chaos is dialed back a notch at first, but it gains steam pretty quickly. They always seem to find a secondary riff around the half-way mark, and this time it’s in the form of an extra guitar layer, doubling down on that sense of depression and utter hopelessness.

“Erupting Light” is a four-minute track, opening with clean guitars and bass notes, along with some cymbal crashes. Suddenly, it transforms with the shift of the riff, to a more monumental sound. “Sentinel” begins with the steady movement of bass and drums with some depressing riffing thrown in. Then, the riff drops back to a more traditional sound before returning to a more earnest energy. There is a plethora of riff changes here, keeping the listener on their toes. “The gateway opens before me, a path to liberation as the sun sets, I lay cold on the ground.” The lyrics aptly sum up the music here.

“Lucidity” closes the album; an eleven-minute opus. Beginning with drums, bass and more fuzzy guitars, it settles for a while with a steady sound, and angry vocals. The ending lyrics are quite poignant..”no longer to be cast aside, I wake from this deep, dark slumber. Break from old, trodden path towards the land of being. No longer will I wallow in this pit of despair. Every second, every hour I will spend in pursuit of meaning.” One doesn’t often look to the Black Metal genre for meaningful lyrics, but they are so reflective of the sound here that it’s hard not to notice.

A darkened depression along with tormenting thoughts pervades the album, but in the end, man triumphs over his issues with just one element: the will to live, and to rise above and conquer his problems by tackling them head on. LIMINAL SHROUD has taken Black Metal to new heights here, proving that it can be both intelligent and thought-provoking. It’s so well crafted, and these musicians have left no stone unturned. You aren’t often left with a sense of hope after hearing an album in this genre, but that is what they have left you with here.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell

 

Review from Metal Wave

December 15, 2020
From: Metal Wave
Published: December 3, 2020

Il debutto del trio canadese dei Liminal Shroud, band black metal formatasi solamente nel 2017, prende il nome di “Throungh The False Narrows”, all’interno del quale sette tracce danno vita ad un’ora scarda di ascolto riuscendo a miscelare moltissimo melodici su una base che incentra il proprio potenziale su andature moderate e mai troppo accelerate. Acerba non poco l’attitudine dello scream, gelido e malvagio il cui sapore ass...

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Review from Rocking.gr

December 15, 2020
From: Rocking.gr
Published: December 3, 2020

Οι Liminal Shroud παίζουν ένα οργανικό και αυθόρμητο ατμοσφαιρικό black metal που θα σε κάνει να αναλογιστείς τη δηθενιά που χαρακτηρίζει ένα σωρό μπάντες του ιδιώματος. Πρόκειται για ένα λιτό metal τρίο που πλάθει λειτουργικά αργά riff και πειστικά γρήγορ...

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Review from Metal.de

November 28, 2020
From: Metal.de
Published: November 27, 2020

Unter dem Titel „Through The False Narrows“ erscheint dieser Tage das Debütalbum des kanadischen Trios LIMINAL SHROUD. In Form der damals selbstbetitelten Demo, haben die drei Musiker bereits 2018 erstmals von sich hören lassen und die Aufmerksamkeit des keineswegs mehr unbekannten Labels Hypnotic Dirge Records auf sich gezogen, das sich nun der Veröffentlichung der neuen schwarzmetallischen Langrille angenommen hat.

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Review from Echoes and Dust

November 19, 2020
From: Echoes and Dust
Published: November 19, 2020 

Liminal Shroud are a relatively new band, based in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The trio have produced a raw black metal sound since their inception in 2017. The following year came a much vaunted demo, three of the four tracks of which are reworked here. Through the False Narrows is their debut album and is released by Hypnotic Dirge. The band are the first local band the record label has released since their relocation to...

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Review from Musipedia of Metal

November 19, 2020
From: Musipedia of Metal
Published: November 19, 2020 

This is Liminal Shroud’s first album, the band released their self titled demo two years ago. The band, who are based in Victoria in British Columbia, have been together since 2018, and feature Rich Taylor on Bass and Vocals, Drew Davidson on Drums and Aiden Crossley on Guitar and Vocals. The bands sound is a mix of Orthodox Black Metal, Depressive Black Metal and Atmospheric Black Metal, all of which is tempered with a large...

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Review from Metal Pit

November 15, 2020
From: Metal Pit
Published: November 15, 2020

Questa fine di novembre ci porta una piccola gioia, perfetta da gustare in un periodo tetro come questo: il 20 novembre, infatti, uscirà il primo full-length dei Liminal Shroud sotto Hypnotic Dirge Records.

I tre componenti del gruppo, Rich Taylor, Drew Davidson e Aidan Crossley sono essenzialmente al loro debutto più importante. I tre provengono dal Canada, più precisamente da Victoria, una cittadina sulla costa pacifica.

In “Through...

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Review from Angry Metal Guy

November 12, 2020
From: Angry Metal Guy
Published: November 12, 2020 

Earlier this year, I wrote a two–part feature looking at three relatively small, independent metal labels that consistently seem to put out great metal. One of those labels was Hypnotic Dirge, whose boss Nicolas Fernandes-Skog gave up a huge amount of his time to answer my dumb questions, just as he was relocating Hypnotic Dirge (and, I guess, his life) across Canada from Saskatoon to Victoria, BC. Now, Hypnotic Dirge is about t...

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Review from Permafrost

November 12, 2020
From: Permafrost
Published: November 10, 2020

Liminal Shroud comes from a really beautiful part of Canada, but they still manage to make a raw black metal. Wavy seas and foggy days create dark moods. The band draws inspiration from the landscape where they live and creates an atmospheric, dark music that reflects the despair and rage they have. The three Canadian musicians offers a very good black metal in my opinion!

Reviewed by: Om Ulf Backstrøm


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Review from Grizzly Butts

November 12, 2020
From: Grizzly Butts
Published: November 9, 2020

This debut record from Victoria, British Colombia-based atmospheric black metal trio Liminal Shroud certainly delivers and deserves quite a few more adjectives than mere “atmospheric” status; In fact ‘Through the False Narrows’ achieves a crawling, tightly performed and intense bonding of post-metal, depressive black metal, and atmospheric black metal ideals without losing the plot to tunnel vision or indistinct movements. Wit...

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 Released: November 20, 2020
Genre: Black Metal

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