Shadow
Shadow


3.0
good

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 36 replies | 1,147 views


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Melodic death metal inspired from early works of In Flames and Dark Tranquility.

8 of 9 thought this review was well written

Melodic death metal, as most may know, is a genre that has rehashed its characteristics time and time again. With this being said it’s important to note that this first release by Shadow adds nothing new to the genre, and yet, it’s still a very enjoyable album due to the fact that their compositions take on a different light of drumming interpretations, and harmonic feels. Shadows first eponymous album, released in 2001, shows them taking a musical path they are without a doubt passionate about. They effortlessly mix melodic vibes akin to In Flames The Jester Race and Whoracle; yet sometimes more playful and groovy.

The intro track “The Arrival at the Last Quarter” is perfect example of what to expect from these Japanese melodic enthusiasts. The track starts with riffs comparable to In Flames “Episode 666” and matching solo harmony that sounds like no one else. Fortunately the musicianship of guitarists Shinichiro Okada and Yuichi Sumimoto is just as good as Bjorn and Jesper’s of In Flames; so lack of technical ability is never there but lack of creativity is sometimes noticeable as Whoracle and The Jester Race were released years before Shadow’s first outing. Obviously the purpose of the opening of the first track was to show ability and technique more than anything else, besides the track being rather enjoyable.

Not every track here is as playful as the opener. For instance “Eden” contains melancholic undertones coupled with extended lead harmonies and even a clean section before a crescendo-like solo. “Beyond the Drizzly Nights”, although cheesy by name, begins with a high-tempo tremolo riff and compatible blast beats that builds into a well fitted tempo change and solo. Although the solos are well fitted they aren’t always necessary and more innovative passage-transitions would do the job more effectively. The drum work of Mitsuhiro Enomoto is quite enjoyable as he uses his black metal techniques from his other band Cataplexy. His use of blast beats and aggressive natures drive the melodic guitar riffs forward, adding a greater punch over early In Flames works.

Shadow is in no way an essential album for melodic death metal but it is a handy addition to the catalogue of albums that work closest to some of the more influential/early melo dm acts. Everything here has been done before but there is more than one way to skin a cat and there is just enough variance here to keep this album from being totally average. To the occasional listener this album may be a real treat but when compared to the genre as a whole it is only slightly above average if anything.



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CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I tried to update the album artwork but the system wouldn't accept.

Here's a link to the album artwork:

http://www.spirit-of-metal.com/album-groupe-Shadow_(JAP)-nom_album-Shadow-l-en.html

www.youtube.com/watch?v=l2axg_aqdRw

^Eden

www.youtube.com/watch?v=23gkhdJqULg

^opening track The Arrival at the Last Quarter

www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDUwT0KTFFw

^Weep for the Sin

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKXd5eZ2ggI

^The Reunion in the Sould Asylum

www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGG2pQynvdE

^Observes from the Satellite

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

YoYoMancuso
September 26th 2012



10999 Comments


the hell is up with that cover

anyway good review, pos'd

MO
September 26th 2012



18451 Comments


you should dedicate to this to the late shadow

rating seems fitting

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

@ Yoyo - haha yeah the cover is random and doesn't really decribe the album at all which is one of my pet peeve's, but thanks for the pos bro

@ MO - the late shadow? A user? Yeah bro if this was the first melo-dm album I would 4 it but because its been done before a 3 is best.

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sup bro



CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

thx bro, mmm luv food

YankeeDudel
September 26th 2012



9311 Comments


food sux

Digging: Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i mean, I love cereal

YankeeDudel
September 26th 2012



9311 Comments


cinnamon toast crunch?

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

had some this mornin' fer break-fast, no lie

FictionalFlames
September 26th 2012



1516 Comments


do you drink coffee?

YankeeDudel
September 26th 2012



9311 Comments


coffee and the crunch. nothing more you need

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

naw bro i used to drink coffee then one day i stopped for like 2 days and had the worse migrain, from there i haven't had any since

I was up to like a liter n' 1/2 per day, addictive personality hard

YankeeDudel
September 26th 2012



9311 Comments


yea im not a big coffee fan either. I crash so fuckin hard

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

weed is all i need, well, ... want

FictionalFlames
September 26th 2012



1516 Comments


"I was up to like a liter n' 1/2 per day"

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

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AsoTamaki
September 26th 2012



2525 Comments


Cool. I'll check this out since it's similar to the recommended albums and you say there's at least some variance. Can't be bad.

CaptainDooRight
September 26th 2012



28756 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I hope you dig it bro

FictionalFlames
September 26th 2012



1516 Comments


checked out Eden, thought it was pretty cool.



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