Aug 21 2015
A review from Reckless Ron
Lets shine some light on this world of melodic death metal 'magnus-opus' and see what lurks inside of.... Shadow World.
Considering Finland's long cold harsh winters and warm welcoming summers (being positioned in the Eurasians' boreal zone) this enduring theme reflects in the music on this disc. There are elements of hardened death metal blasting you in the face, frozen to the core along with epic melodic passages, as in the opening track Aeon Winter. Soft piano keys with a haunting refrain open things up and slowly rip into a mammoth blizzard of volcanic death metal-rock with shards of brilliance-back-beat. A very catchy chorus with great lead patterns and structure. The music is refreshing and bold giving the listener a glimpse to as what's yet to unfold with-in Shadow World.
"Zero Gravity" feels like a favorite right outta da gate. Entrancing percussion introduction; swinging into a dirty raw maelstorm of charging riffs. Guttal groove guitar and rhythm, intertwined with Tuomas' relentlessly fierce vocals, brings this number to the forefront on this disc.
Thrashing through with "Storm Center" Wolfheart unleashes a crisp sonic crusher that will have ya moshing instantly. The song is as mad as a goatwhore dog shredding year brain leaving you craving \m/ore! Wolfheart has a great knack of swooping between doom metal riffs and up tempo epics while keeping each track unique and original.
"The Last Winter" quietly opens with duel acoustic guitars building into a thunderous barrel roll of death metal madness.
Weaving back and forth ascending along growing to epic proportions. One of my favorite tracks on this album.
Meshing classical piano with thrashy death metal makes up "Nemesis". Punchy with attitude and stock full of excellent
tempo/key changes that hurl the listener along at break neck speed, an exciting and well crafted ride \m/
Blending many elements of differing musical styles makes Shadow World a unique album. "Abyss" welds a power/death metal approach, chugging grooves with catchy riffs accompanied with sonic synths work well on this number. Tuomas' ragging gutteral vocals are the perfect fit with this melodic yet ear blistering song.
Fast kicking boots in the circle pit, stirring up huge dust clouds comes to mind when I listen to "Resistance". Mammoth
double kick drums blasting behind a wall of rumbling guitar riffs bring this monster to life. An organized chaos that
every metalhead will enjoy!
Wrapping up Shadow World is track eight "Veri" a bloodcurdling death metal tune full of rage and angst melting your face, with black metal inklings merged with melodic guitar leads and over the top production. The song opens slowly and builds into an ominous beast devouring all in it's path bringing the disc to a grand finally with a classical reflective piano piece finishing things off. Wolfheart has hit the bulls-eye with Shadow World creating a masterpiece that enjoys bringing many elements and musical styles to their work that uniquely blend well on each track. Still retaining an underlying thread that weaves through the album yet never being repetitive or boring.
I would rate Shadow World 5 outta 5 "Broken Necks" and this being their debut album I trust these talented musicians will have more excellent metal offerings; lurking in the 'shadows'
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