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Review: Shadar Logoth - Curse
Shadar Logoth

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 37:16
Tracks: 6
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: October 26, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating

Rated 2/5 (40%) (1 Vote)

Shadar Logoth's demo impressed me a fair bit when I reviewed it here back in 2007, filling my ears with excellent early Borknagar-like Black Metal. This, their debut self-released full-length album follows that demo with similarly spritely enthusiasm, whilst fixing a few minor gripes I had with the sound at the same time.

Firstly the production has a lot more depth to it, allowing the songs to come to life in a spellbinding way, and secondly the vocals are much improved (both harsh and clean have come on leaps and bounds). Musically these guys haven't changed much at all I'm happy to say, apart from the fact that their songwriting has improved, allowing them to maintain a harsh biting attack whilst frequently making their songs contain a level of epic atmosphere. Also, perhaps there is an increase in the technicality of the riffs when compared with the demo, but rest assured all ye who puke at the sight of the word 'technical', as this is no guitar wankfest — their riffs are laid out squarely, then improved upon with flourishes and nuance. There is again usage of synthesizer (albeit sparingly) which adds to the grandiose feeling of the album as a whole.

All in all, this is a great album and ideal for fans of Garm-era Borknagar and early Ulver. With the obvious talent that's on display in just about every musical department, it'd be a travesty if these guys aren't signed soon.

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Review: Demo 2006 (reviewed by Lars Christiansen)
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