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Review: Shade Empire - Sinthetic
Shade Empire

Label: Avantgarde Music
Year released: 2004
Duration: 41:39
Tracks: 9
Genre: Symphonic Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: March 22, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 2.75/5 (55%) (4 Votes)

This should not be an album I like at all. Shade Empire are one of those 'Black' metal bands that have added so much keyboard wankery to their sound that they put Dimmu Borgir to shame. Normally I don't care for that kind of Limbonic Art style sugarcoated stuff, but Shade Empire have managed an entertaining album nonetheless.

As I said, this is very melodic black-based stuff with a ton of keys, but that aside, this is pretty good. The melodies are pretty good, and the band didn't ignore the guitars, and this remains pretty heavy despite the keyboards. The vocals are a standard death/black style, except for the guest vocals on "Human Sculpture" by the awesome Marco Hietala, who singlehandedly makes that one song awesome. Also no doubt the reason why the album sticker says "File under NIGHTWISH BLACK METAL" which are words that do not go together. Aside from that song, the rest of this album is enjoyable, but not terribly memorable. For a debut, Shade Empire have come up with a pretty good effort in the style of the newer generation of melodic extreme metal, joining bands like Veneficum and Agathodaimon on the more commercial edge of the genre. This is not a style I normally care much for, but I have to say this disc is entertaining anyway.

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