Shadow Of Intent
Elegy


4.0
excellent

Review

by Zach USER (117 Reviews)
January 16th, 2022 | 34 replies


Release Date: 01/14/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A building process.

Shadow of Intent are a primal titan of bone crushing, skin rending, breakdown-laden deathcore. Scoff as you may at the proposed notion that SOI are amongst the most aurally heavy things out there (setting aside the sounds of star fusions, galaxy collapsing black holes, and the collision of joeysworldtour jumping down a flight of stairs), but with gutturals that sound like the snarls of the three-headed cerberus, breakdowns that could level the Burj Khalifa and meaty blasts that operate faster than a swarm of middle aged no-lifes storming Wal-Mart on a Black Friday sale, there is no denying that this band is pretty gosh darn heavy.

However that was never really the question, and with that in mind perhaps the hyperbole is unnecessary. From their not-so-modest beginning of Primordial they have always exemplified the bulldozing traits of good deathcore, with their own symphonic tendencies serving as a method of boosted catharsis. This core sound traces its way through their discography, and for this reason the familiarity is always there. What the band has done in this time is improve from a compositional perspective-utilizing greater melodies to give an ultimately cataclysmic record a slight amount of breathing room. Let's take the juxtaposition of "Intensified Genocide" leading into "Life of Exile". The former caps off with a choppy, unfathomably hefty breakdown, whilst the intro of the latter creeps in with serene, almost loving symphonies. It would almost feel like a warm hug from a tender forest druid, if not for the mournful gutturals that pierce sharply from above.

This is something that both Elegy and the former Melancholy share with each other. There is a subtle introduction of moods introduced that are something a little beyond the caveman ideology of "brutal", even if neither record ditches the excess meaty breakdowns that define the genre. "Where Millions Have Come to Die", with a well-deserved Phil Bozeman feature, ends with a trawling sludgy "DJUN" (deeply grin-inducing to many core-brethren and the bane of many others listening habits), while "From Ruin...We Rise" starts with sweeping seraphical piano work. Once again these evolved traits rear their head, and once again the core thread traces its way back through. In this way the band never changes, but rather compounds gradually upon itself into something ever-so-slightly greater.

What is an elegy? It is a swansong, a writ to be read as one exhales their last breath. It is something both grim and beautiful, as it encapsulates one's grievances and tribulations in the face of accepting their fate. It is with sweeping grandeur that Shadow of Intent have crafted a work that embodies this word, even if it proves simultaneously that they are not yet writing theirs. The creative fires still burn brightly, and there remains nothing in sight to snuff them out. Until then may they riff, may the blast, may they screm. Godspeed to them



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Dedes
January 16th 2022


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Slowly starting to appreciate the sweet bass work on Devise. God damn these dudes are stupid talented.

Durrzo
January 16th 2022


2553 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

I'm definitely in the other camp when it comes to their sound shift. This album is pure disappointment for me. Try as I might to find something to really hook on to, this just feels so "okay" across the board. Missing all the moments of madness that made me a huge fan in the first place. This band used to be pure fucking fun. This is not fun. The skill is obviously still there but the writing is losing me.

Good review though.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2022


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

This is a step back.

Dedes
January 16th 2022


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah it rips

Get the gnocchi out of ur ears pal

Tundra
January 16th 2022


6821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Trash album

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
January 16th 2022


16137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.7

*turns hearing aid up



get the lock-key out of my pear sal?

MacMillanCoD4
January 16th 2022


9 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Not my favorite by them, that is still Reclaimer. This is great, and Shadow definitely has a very distinct sound that I can pick out of a crowd.

JayEnder
January 16th 2022


12290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wish these guys brought more riffs and brutality over the orchestral stuff, but a really solid album regardless. Not as good as Melancholy and definitely not as good as Reclaimer.

Digging: HRVRD - The Inevitable And I

Get Low
January 16th 2022


11743 Comments


These guys are getting old

Toondude10
January 17th 2022


14757 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is fucking great, not sure if it's better than their last one tho

Tundra
January 17th 2022


6821 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yup getting old, on the other hand FFAA new album is so damn fresh and sounds nothing like any of their previous work, like a totally different band, AOTY

JayEnder
January 17th 2022


12290 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Weren't you just talking shit about that album like yesterday? Man you truly are something else

Get Low
January 17th 2022


11743 Comments


The fact that you missed his sarcasm

Dedes
January 17th 2022


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New FFAA is honestly probably even better than this

This a deathcore week and a half rn lol

Dedes
January 17th 2022


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A Higher Level of Hate is tha fucking bees knees man

MyColdShoulder
January 17th 2022


154 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They get worse and worse, yet I would still consider them one of the best deathcore bands out there. Still really fun, regardless of the regression and filler songs

ExhaleTheLight
January 17th 2022


1194 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better than Melancholy but Reclaimer still reigns supreme. Elegy might be one of their best songs ever however.

bloc
January 17th 2022


67538 Comments


Kinda boring album, and way too long

Digging: Matthew Good - Avalanche

Dedes
January 17th 2022


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think you're too long binch

Take that whatever way you please

Dedes
January 17th 2022


8230 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nah I can understand the disdain. I'm just a sucker for anything with over the top symphonies and blast beats.



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