Shade Empire   Omega Arcane
4.0
excellent
Ranking: #41 for 2013

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5.0 classicpthurgood | May 31st 13

Stellar album! it gets better with every listen. I was a fan of their previous work, but this just blows that all out of the water.

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5.0 classicMitchell D. W. CONTRIBUTOR | March 16th 16

It's hard to combine symphonics with metal without coming off as cheesy or excessive. Somehow, Shade Empire struck the magic balance between strong black metal riffs and powerful orchestral elements. Omega Arcane is an incredible journey that twists and turns through crushing black metal songs and stunning orchestra-driving numbers. This is certainly one of (if not the) best symphonic metal albums.

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3.5 greatTrey STAFF | October 13th 15

Excellent symphonic death/black metal that doesn't rely on the symphonic elements to cover up a general lack of talent. Good stuff.

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3.0 goodtitanslayer | June 24th 14

The symphony is a nice touch that adds character to this otherwise mediocre melodeath album

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0.0 Lambda | November 27th 13

One of the most ambitious albums of 2013, Omega Arcane aspires to be no less than a symphonic death/black metal masterpiece. And, for the most part, it succeeds. The performances of the band are spot-on; the orchestra is integrated extremely well into the music, never overpowering the band itself or getting pushed to the background; and the production is superlative. The record's greatest flaw stems from that aforementioned ambition, however: it's too long. Omega Arcane could stand a 15 minute trim. Another minor issue is that "Devolution," an interlude track, appears too late in the album. It would have been perfect right after the 13-minute epic "Disembodiment." Regardless, I highly recommend Omega Arcane- despite its flaws, it is a high-reaching, and ultimately superb, record. 4.5

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3.0 goodwafflecakes999 | November 12th 13

Listening to this right now and jesus how can anyone complain about the length of Gojira's albums? 74 minutes! First song is way too long and quite boring, but from Dawnless Days onwards the album gets more interesting and heavier.

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4.5 superbChipboard | October 7th 13

Brilliant album, their best release together with Sinthetic.r

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4.0 excellentForestGagnon | August 19th 13

A grandiose medley of instrumentation that is bursting with energy. Unfortunately the vocalist is quite mediocre, and one cannot help feeling that this record would have been better without any vocals at all. The instrumental title track is incredible.

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