Soon to be released on vinyl by Nero One Records which has put out the excellent Ruin album, Shambles are another fine revelation. Thailand isn’t the kind of place where you would expect such filthy death metal to foster. And yet, here we have a stunning album that’s well written and produced, with excellent imagery and intent. A veteran band, Shambles will have been around since exactly two decades in 2017, and ‘Realm of Darkness Shrine’ is their first ever full length album. The songs are reminiscent of ‘Mortal Throne of Nazarene’ era Incantation and other newer ‘dark death metal’ acts such as Blood Incantation, Necros Christos, Grave Miasma, Cruciamentum, etc. The sludgy music is interspersed with blasting moments a la Disembowelment, and the whole affair is murky, unsettling and dark as a starless night. Asian bands are rising to prominence, from newer countries that too, and Shambles are one among them.