Forgotten Melodic Death Metal Albums: "Shadow" a Review of the Album by Japanese Melodic Death Metal Band Shadow
Why should people listen to the band Shadow?
There are albums in the history of heavy metal that are largely forgotten by fans of the genre. One such album is the album "Shadow" by the band of the same name. These guys and gal (yes her name is Tokiko Shimamoto) are from Osaka, Japan and they play an outstanding style of melodic death metal! With that stated, it is time to introduce you to the titles of the songs first.
Track Listing for the album Shadow
- The Arrival at the Last Quarter
- Lunar Eclipse
- Weep for the Sin
- Beyond the Drizzy Nights
- The Reunion in Soul Asylum
- Breath of Awakening
- Observes from the Satellite
- Toward Obsession
A Shadow in the Darkness Symbolizing the Band's Name
The album Shadow was released by a very famous record company: Spinefarm Records
The album was released by the famous Finnish record label Spinefarm Records in 2001 (formerly Spikefarm Records). This is the same label that saw producer Anssi Kippo do a lot of solid production work helping such bands as Gothic hard rockers Lullacry. Shadow are said to be on hold at this very moment. It is a real shame because this band is really talented! Note: as of 2020, Shadow as a band is no longer active which means that Japan has lost a very talented band. But through this review, their music will live on in some capacity.
Who plays on this album called Shadow?
Band Personnel for “Shadow”
- Tokiko Shimamoto: all vocals and growls
- Yuichi Sumimoto: guitars
- Shinichiro Okada: guitars
- Yoshio Kubo: bass guitars
- Mitsuhiro Enomoto: drums
The song called Reunion in Soul Asylum
Why is the album "Shadow" so creative? Because it has lots of musical influences that will impress you
You will more than likely hear a lot of In Flames and Dark Tranquillity influence in their songs. One such example of this is the song called Beyond the Drizzy Nights. They might have meant to say drizzly but misspelled the word. Or maybe that’s just the way they intended to write the word. I also hear some acoustic guitar and electric guitar mixed in the way that the Swedish band Opeth does. But fortunately, Shadow’s songs are not even nearly as long as those of Opeth. This fifth song also has some neoclassical style elements in it. They may have also been influenced by Swedish guitarist Ymgwie J. Malmsteen. The Reunion in Soul Asylum has a little bit of Gandalf influenced guitar play in it but the song is faster than any Gandalf would write. Gandalf was a Finnish death metal rock kind of band that was influenced by AC/DC. The song Breath of Awakening has some lead guitar work that is not just known for its speed but for its creativity. Observes from the Satellite has some more Dark Tranquillity influenced riffing that we see here. Of course, it wouldn’t surprise me why Shadow use this type of guitar play. Dark Tranquillity are considered to be the founders of the melodic death metal Gothenburg style and in so doing, they have likely influenced Shadow to play music. But how this band opens up this album is no less impressive.
The song called The arrival at the Last Quarter
One other reason why the album "Shadow" deserves a listen: the growling vocals
The Arrival at the Last Quarter lets the listener know that this band is ready to play fine melodic death metal and keep them interested. There is a growl by Tokiko to begin this song and you know that she is ready to growl, sing and do whatever it takes to let fans know that Shadow are ready to rock and roll.
The song called Beyond the Drizzy (Drizzly) Nights
Favorite melodic death metal band out of these
Which one of these bands is your favorite melodic death metal band?
Other melodic death metal bands to consider listening to if you enjoy Shadow
Veiled in Scarlet
Buried Dreams (from Mexico)
How the Album "Shadow" Contributes to the Melodic Death Metal Genre in an Excellent Way
Japan does have quality metal bands but I really think that they are not recognized as much overseas because countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, Norway, and Sweden get more recognition. But with an album such as this, it is clear that melodic death metal has been given a major boost to its reputation. There are no bad songs on this album. However, this self-titled effort is not as good as their 2008 release Forever Chaos. Even so, it has all of the elements that are necessary to give it a very high score. It has good, growling vocals, terrific riffs, and lead guitar work that would make people like Michael Amott proud! If the band Shadow is only going to have two albums before calling it quits, they would have exited the music industry in the best way possible. Two full-length albums and two that are a couple of the finest albums in the history of the melodic death metal genre.
The song called Lunar Eclipse
© 2016 Ara Vahanian