Shadow of the Colossus
END GAME


4.5
superb

Review

by Wayne H. USER (14 Reviews)
September 19th, 2013 | 106 replies


Release Date: 08/31/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A rare but sterling example of the elusive critically defensible deathcore record.

Metal as a general style of music has, in recent times, found itself in a curiously divided state. Purists doggedly abide to the progenitors and classics as the end-all be-all of the metal hammer, while modernists revel in the recent influx of hardcore and outside influences. Nowhere is this divide more apparent than in deathcore, perhaps metal's most problematic subgenre. First, let us address the elephant in the proverbial room of deathcore: the genre is divisive, abrasive, and perpetually mired in polarizing rhetoric. Demagogues complain that it's supersaturated with hacks that are an embarrassment to metal as a whole, while proponents find unfathomable satisfaction the genre's unique if ubiquitous elements.

Make no mistake, End Game is deathcore through and through. Shadow of the Colossus run the gamut of frenetic blast-beat to admittedly cheesy breakdown with reckless abandon; to hell with the consequences. Yet, where lesser acts would slather on the hardcore in an attempt to appeal to deathcore's lowest common denominator, Shadow of the Colossus pay homage to the various subgenres of metal tastefully and in an apparently genuine and impossibly successful fashion. No melody is allowed to fully overshadow the bleak, crushing onslaught of polyrhythmic brutality, and no chugging riff trundles on beyond its lifespan without morphing into some grimmer, heavier chugging riff. Every note of End Game is fantastically equipped to offend any conservative.

Through sheer virtuosity and murderous execution, End Game exhibits a band threatening to overthrow genre juggernauts like All Shall Perish and The Contortionist's standing as flagship models of deathcore in its ultimate form. However, where their respective peers specialize in utilizing oppressively undeniable mastery or visionary progression, Shadow of the Colossus simply employ the same familiar elements with lethal precision and relentless creative mettle. From bluesy guitar interludes to anthemic aural devastation encapsulated in static form, End Game is a damn near perfect representation of brutal, technical death metal wed expertly to bro-fisting, scream-a-longing hardcore. Rarely does such a niche style feel so completely encompassed into a single album. Perhaps most notable is Shadow of the Colossus' use of every imaginable range of scream, piercing to guttural, wholly dedicated to its purpose of putting uninspired deathcore vocals to absolute shame.

At times impossibly technical, and others tranquil to the point of treading outside the arena of deathcore entirely, End Game is awe-inspiring in its ambition, and heralds a colossal leap forward in the band's discography. Every track is a tyrant in its own right, and offers a chance for fans to bask in Shadow of the Colossus' primal, chaotic glory; an opportunity to grapple with deathcore's new final boss.



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Winsomniac
September 19th 2013


7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Beholder of Eyes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFoP7Wg-M2w

Insurgence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXYq_V2EHds

SotC's Bandcamp (Also has a stream of the entire album): http://shadowofthecolossus.bandcamp.com/


Bring on the hate train.

MeatSalad
September 19th 2013


14627 Comments


Similar Bands: Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Job for a Cowboy

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climactic
September 19th 2013


19365 Comments


gotta hear

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Winsomniac
September 19th 2013


7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely give it a listen if you haven't already. I fell in love with this at 4 AM last night.

adr
September 19th 2013


2864 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

good review, the album is fucking solid.

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EaglesBecomeVultures
September 19th 2013


5253 Comments


what a ripoff

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EaglesBecomeVultures
September 19th 2013


5253 Comments


best game tho

CK
September 19th 2013


4928 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet, melodic deathcore!

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FrozenVain
September 19th 2013


2444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

This is seriously awesome. Great review, pos'd.

TheGreatQ
September 19th 2013


1463 Comments


I need to check these guys out

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NastyCrab
September 19th 2013


328 Comments


pretty creative band name

Winsomniac
September 19th 2013


7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Frozen, adr!

wacknizzle
September 19th 2013


13464 Comments


Thy Art Is Murder and now this... I never thought I'd listen to deathcore ever again

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Shuyin
September 19th 2013


11827 Comments


gotta check cuz band name

great review btw

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Winsomniac
September 19th 2013


7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad it interests you, Shuyin! I honestly find it almost criminal how quietly this was released, considering how much I enjoyed it.

Shuyin
September 19th 2013


11827 Comments


well, i did enjoy some of the songs of their first album

Mister Twister
September 19th 2013


1670 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I checked it out because "good deathcore" seemed like an oxymoron to me.

Colour me surprised, this is pretty good. Definitely felt it shouldn't have started with Beholder of Eyes though, that's easily the best song here.

BigPleb
September 19th 2013


36979 Comments


gotta check cuz band name [2]

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Winsomniac
September 19th 2013


7983 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@raisehell: The title track and Insurgence are pretty huge as well.

Asmodeuss1990
September 20th 2013


193 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great review... incredible fucking band. Christ. I thought this was just a gimmick band because of its name. Nope. They really are that good dude. I didn't expect a somewhat obscure band like this to just annihilate all other deathcore releases I've heard. This band and this album alone puts The Discovery by Born of Osiris to shame.

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