As I always say, there is no way of going wrong with Death Metal. When I opened up “The Shadow at the World’s End” I got crushed by the overwhelming and exciting “Defleshed” with its raise the dead riffing and cadence. I always say that opening tracks are a wondrous invitation card to albums in order to attract the fan. Well, tracks as “Defleshed” are usual in the album. A bit latter on the forth we have “Sorrow as Companion” with the same grip and insane cadence with more guitar solos and also “Dragged Back to the Cellar” which is a bit different but keeps the pace and the emotion. I say that the vocals in them are very near Melodic Death Metal which gives the emotional content to them. That’s the way of doing Death Metal I must say.
In a deeper analysis, “The Shadow at the World’s End” has two distinct moments: the tracks I described above and tracks with a more balanced grip, a bit slower, if you ask me. Revolting knew how to dose them throughout the album always with one eye in what the fan wants and the other eye in varying the contents of the album. I appreciate that a lot because to me this kind of variation is essencial. Well, I come from the 1980s Heavy Metal and bands back then tried to vary their songs. Not all of them, of course. Tracks as “1888” and “The Shadow at the World’s End” give the tone of this variation.
Another thing sparked my attention was the guitars and the guitar solos. There arent’t no many of them, but the ones in the songs use a technique that isn’t that used by Metal guitarists. This kind of octavating isn’t so common among them, but the effect is great. By the way, “The Shadow at the World’s End” is an album where the bass can be perfectly felt. And that’s a very good thing.
So, an album that is worth every while.
Revolting “The Shadow at the World’s End” releases on November 27th via Transcending Obscurity Records.
- The Shadow at the World’s End
- Sorrow As Companion
- Daggers That Mimic Life’s Pain
- Dragged Back to the Cellar
- To the Bitter Bleeding End
- Carnage Will Come
- Revolted By Life Itself
Watch “1888” official video here: