Shadow of the Colossus
Shadow of the Colossus


3.5
great

Review

by Magnus Altkula STAFF
July 16th, 2010 | 83 replies | 19,596 views


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: With its minor progressive influences and added semi-melodic guitar leads, this is one deathcore album worth listening to

It is very hard to actually stand out in the deathcore scene without breaking any boundaries of the genre. Luckily, that’s more or less what Shadow Of The Colossus are trying to do. On their self-titled debut album, the band showcase a different breed of deathcore than what we’ve come to know; a collective-based style which focuses on solid musicianship and better songwriting. The added semi-melodic guitarlines and minor progressive influences help to add an extra layer to the music, making the replay value of Shadow Of The Colossus greater then that of most deathcore bands. This makes Shadow Of The Colossus’ debut a deathcore album worth hearing.

When you’re named after a crowd-wowing video game that is almost unanimously considered a masterpiece then expectations are sure to be high. Though at first glance deathcore and Shadow Of The Colossus (the game) cannot be any more different (one being an epic, beautiful and dark video game, whereas the other is a breakdown-centered run of the mill form of extreme music) and there is a well-reasoned sense of fear of this shaming the name of the game, the truth is that Shadow Of The Colossus’ debut album is one of the better deathcore albums to come out this year. The guitar department is still dominated by heavily distorted, palm muted riffing and harsh open string chugging, but Shadow Of The Colossus do add prominent melodic guitarlines which play over the harsh backing, giving the music a whole new dimension. The technicality is also there, with some parts even reminding us more technical death metal than deathcore.

In fact, the only things here that can be picked on are the vocals and the eternal curse that deathcore will always have – repetitiveness. The vox never change during the course of this album - Drew Winter either screams his lungs out or uses his muddy growl – and as far as repetitiveness goes, then the band must be commended for their effort to vary this up, but in the end, when you’ve given the album a few listens, it all starts to blend together a bit. Said repetitiveness problem isn’t as big here as it’s in traditional deathcore, mainly thanks to the prominent guitar leads and tighter songwriting, but it's still something the band has to improve upon on their next endeavors.

While it might seem that a deathcore band wielding the same name as a monumental video game could be an embarrassment, Shadow Of The Colossus do a good-enough job of holding their own. What’s even more important is that the band show a lot of promise and their self-titled debut album is a nice basis on which they can start building upon. If they add some more progressive influences, craft the melodies even better and minimize the amount of plain open chord chugging, great things may very well await them. In the meantime, the band’s debut is an album well-worth hearing, especially for those who like deathcore, but also for anyone into the heavier side of music in general.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

rather quick write-up, but I thought this deserved a one

Motiv3
July 16th 2010



8923 Comments


good review magnus.

Digging: Punch - They Don?t Have To Believe

LG
July 16th 2010



3049 Comments


"Though at first glance deathcore and Shadow Of The Colossus (the game) cannot be any different"

Hmm...

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Thanks Hollier, also, what are you hmming about LG?

LG
July 16th 2010



3049 Comments


You sure you didn't mean.

Though at a first glance deathcore and Shadow Of The Colossus (the motherfuckin game) cannot be any more different

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

ohhhhhh, my bad

East Hastings
July 16th 2010



4391 Comments


Review isn't bad, just seems really rushed. But like you said, it was a quick write up. Have a pos.

HumanGenome
July 16th 2010



195 Comments


score is still too high, but it's better than a 4.5

Bitchfork
July 16th 2010



7584 Comments


Not your best review there, Magnus.

LG
July 16th 2010



3049 Comments


Why because a being from the human race can read and understand it?

FadedSun
July 16th 2010



1260 Comments


I thought someone reviewed the soundtrack for the game and I thought "Awesome!", but that's not the case. The music in SoTC is awesome.

Yeahtoast
July 16th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really digging this at the minute, good review Magnus, pos.

LG
July 16th 2010



3049 Comments


Wow that's a lot of unwarranted negs.

Yeahtoast
July 16th 2010



2041 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah, this was a good review. Assholes.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



16315 Comments


What in the gay why does this review have four negs

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Actually it's okay guys. I'd agree with Bitchfork that this definitely isn't my best. Is it worth 4 negs? I don't think so (1 or 2 would've already carried on the message as I know it's probably the same guy and I also know that it isn't my best) but I don't really care about the negs. It would be cool if the neggers would have told me why the negged so I could've improved further but it's okay, I don't mind.

Still, the album is cool and I hope that at least some of you check this out

SCREAM!
July 16th 2010



10038 Comments


I cant even remember the last time i saw a neg that was explained anymore. Kinda sucks

Digging: Old Witch - Come Mourning Come

Metalstyles
Staff Reviewer
July 16th 2010



8328 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Yeah it would be cool. I mean, I don't even mind if I am like 5 for 50, as long as people tell me what they disliked about the review

Gmork89
July 16th 2010



5510 Comments


Pos'd, good job boy.

poweroftheweez
July 16th 2010



1290 Comments


i got bored of this after the first few songs. dont see what the big deal is



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