|Review: Black Shadow - Against the God - In the Name of Darkness!|
|Against the God - In the Name of Darkness!|
Label: More Hate Productions
Year released: 2015
Originally released in: 2007
Genre: Black Metal
Review online: March 31, 2016
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Against the God - In the Name of Darkness!
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
Black Shadow is a long-running Russian Black Metal duo featuring Lord Demogorgon (on vocals, bass and guitar) and Asmodeus (on guitar). This 8-track opus, titled Against the God - In the Name of Darkness!, was originally released on S.B.M. Records in 2007 (limited to 100 copies only - with four studio tracks recorded in 2002, plus two bonus live tracks). It has fortunately been re-released by More Hate Productions, who, also have plans to re-release the band's entire back catalog.
Black Shadow uses a drum machine on this release; they have always done so and probably will also do so in the future, I guess. Musically they are like Dark Funeral's long-lost cousin. If you listen to the title track, Dark Funeral's influence is pretty obvious. You cannot avoid comparing Black Shadow to those ineffable Swedish kings of darkness. Black Shadow is at home with hyper-speed blasting stuff, not giving much mercy to the listeners while letting the band invade your speakers. All the studio stuff sounds really good, but the same cannot be said about the bonus live tracks. Those sound really raw and extremely unpolished.
If you want to find out how it would sound if Dark Funeral was cloned in Russia, the answer can be found right here.
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