Review by JD on November 10, 2008.
Osaka, Japan has delivered a pure musical explosion that ripped my ass off of my chair and deposited it on the floor with an unceremonious and a rather loud thud. Here they are, Japan’s Shadow has come from the land of the rising sun and has completely redefined what it is to be Death Metal in the world.
Mixing some very melodic Death Metal in with good doses of Thrash and Speed Metal then folds in the virtuosity of Dragonforce... Shadow has successfully melded all of these metallic parts together and delivered a musical juggernaut that looms over the metal landscape and is poised to tread us all under it’s metallic foot.
The musicianship of Guitarists Yulchi Sumimoto and Shinichiro Okada shows that they can shred with the best of them and also be so damned heavy all and add in so much melody that it makes every thing else shine. You are going to be also very hard pressed to fine any female voice in metal that can growl and scream venom like Tokiko Shimamoto (Lead Vocals)... Just listen to her growl out the Slayer cover ‘Black Magic’ that ends off the album... it is simply amazing.
Unabashed, uncompromising with being so damned brilliant, this band needs to have people sit up and take note. They have shown exactly what you could do when you combine 100% raging talent and add in a pure metal heart. Labelmates Dragonforce needs to take a close look at what Shadow are doing... this bunch has kicked their shredding asses, and they don’t bore people. This one will be going on my top ten albums of the year list.
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Rating: 9.6 out of 10