Shadow
Shadow


3.0
good

Review

by CaptainDooRight USER (93 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 18 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

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

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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YoYoMancuso
September 26th 2012


11441 Comments


the hell is up with that cover

anyway good review, pos'd

MO
September 26th 2012


19546 Comments


you should dedicate to this to the late shadow

rating seems fitting

YankeeDudel
September 26th 2012


9335 Comments


food sux

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YankeeDudel
September 26th 2012


9335 Comments


cinnamon toast crunch?

FictionalFlames
September 26th 2012


1528 Comments


do you drink coffee?

YankeeDudel
September 26th 2012


9335 Comments


coffee and the crunch. nothing more you need

YankeeDudel
September 26th 2012


9335 Comments


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

FictionalFlames
September 26th 2012


1528 Comments


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

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.

FictionalFlames
September 26th 2012


1528 Comments


checked out Eden, thought it was pretty cool.

FictionalFlames
September 26th 2012


1528 Comments


can't listening to Morbid Saint for the first time lol

Panzerchrist
September 26th 2012


149 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've had this album for years. It was actually one of the albums that got me into melodeath. It's nothing special, but it's all done very well, and is definitely one of the better examples of the genre. Shame that the followup was fairly bad.

AsoTamaki
September 26th 2012


2525 Comments


Hm. Checked out the tracks in the first post. Very listenable, but nothing special. I'm sure this sounded a lot better in 2001, lol.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 27th 2012


20548 Comments


I hadn't read this yet. Another good review captain.

I'll definitely check this out as I love In Flames

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ThrashTillDeath94
September 27th 2012


683 Comments


Really quality review man, pos'd

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Gigglesdemon
September 27th 2012


187 Comments


I'll have to check these guys out. I have been craving some new melodeath. And no one but the old stalwarts who still make melodeath have really put out anything that I find pretty good.

Gigglesdemon
September 27th 2012


187 Comments


No, that was released this year right? I have been kinda behind on picking up new material because of college, but I mean to get my hands on it.

Gigglesdemon
September 27th 2012


187 Comments


Wait, never mind, I'm thinking of Of Breath and Bone. I haven't heard that either, but I do intend on picking it up.



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