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It's funny how distinct doom and death metal are, yet, under the right treatment, they fit together beautifully. Rotting Kingdom have figured out that treatment, and they've applied it to their debut release A Deeper Shade of Sorrow -- it's a monolith of death-doom both churning with pissed-off energy and undulating slowly with a devilishly methodical burn. It feels neither entirely human nor machine, some kind of cyborgian blend of hard-hitting mechanical groove with flesh-and-bone riffage. Get a taste for yourself with the below stream of A Deeper Shade of Sorrow's final song.

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"A Deeper Shade of Sorrow" acts as a microcosm for all the things which make the preceding five songs wonderful, showcasing Rotting Kingdom's thoughtful attention to detail and the fact that they don't lose sight of the big picture. Bumping basslines and drumming keep the body involved; a guttural vocal performance and persistent guitars keep the mind saturated. There's nuance in every corner, but you don't need that nuance to know that A Deeper Shade of Sorrow is a ripper -- Rotting Kingdom don't ask for much, and this album works equally well through headphones by yourself or charging down the highway with friends. "All things" metal albums are the best, because they're so easy to recommend: there's something for everyone when it comes to this release.

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A Deeper Shade of Sorrow releases March 13th via Boris Records.

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