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Review: Scimitar - Shadows of Man
Shadows of Man

Label: Independent
Year released: 2019
Duration: 48:57
Tracks: 9
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: January 6, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Shadows of Man

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Scimitar is a band that plays a slightly off-center brand of death metal on their second album Shadows of Man. I say off-center, not because the riffing isn't metal or anything (it's more traditional metal than thrash, in fact) but how many times have you heard a metal album with banjo and mouth harp? Folk instrumentation isn't new, of course, but I'm not sure I've ever heard them used quite like this. Anyway, the guitars are decent, but the vocals are on the yappy side, though short of core. Sometimes the combo of death vocals, traditional riffing and folk melodies comes together beautifully like on "To Cultivate with Spears" which has an epic vibe that evokes images and sounds of ancient conflict. Mostly, however, the songs come across disjointed and ill-fitting. Scimitar sound like a less focused Swashbuckle, different in approach to be certain but not quite committing themselves to a direction as the pirates have. I give credit to Scimitar for forging a distinctive sound, that isn't easy in this day and age. Unfortunately, it's a sound that, at least on Shadows of Man, doesn't seem to be dialed in all the way.

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