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Osaka Japan's Shadow Forever Chaos 2008 Album Review

Updated on September 18, 2018
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Ara is a Journalism graduate from California State University Northridge who is looking to always explore his writing opportunities.

The front cover for the album Forever Chaos

The album cover for Forever Chaos has an image of a half human and half monster. This looks like a sphinx even though it is not. Even better than the cover are the songs including Master of Impieties.
The album cover for Forever Chaos has an image of a half human and half monster. This looks like a sphinx even though it is not. Even better than the cover are the songs including Master of Impieties. | Source

Some basic details about the album Forever Chaos

Country of origin: Japan

Year released: 2008

Genre: Melodic death metal

The band was under contract with Spinefarm Records

Track listing for the album Forever Chaos

  1. Forever Chaos
  2. The Existence of Suffering
  3. Before True Light
  4. Within the Winter Silence
  5. The Orators
  6. Master of Impieties
  7. Wings of Flame
  8. My Apologies
  9. Shudders Hell
  10. Land of a Dream
  11. Black Magic (Slayer song)

An image of the CD Forever Chaos

The Band Shadow and Their Musical Style

Shadow are a four member band from the city of Osaka. I know that most people would not think about Japan when it comes to heavy metal especially melodic death metal but these guys are seriously good! And the person doing all of the vocals is Tokiko Shimamoto. She does the growling vocal style just like former Arch Enemy vocalist Angela Gossow. Shadow released their 2nd album called Forever Chaos in 2008. They are on hold now but they were formed back in 1993, the same year that Japanese thrash metal band Ritual Carnage was formed. I found out about this band while looking through one of the catalogs for the record label Century Media several years ago. And because I am really fascinated by Japanese culture, this is a wonderful addition to my CD collection. I wrote about the difference between Kobe Japan’s Serpent and this band Shadow. Shadow uses lots of neoclassical elements in their songs.


The song called Forever Chaos

Forever Chaos the Title Track

The lyrical themes are about topics such as war and human suffering. I know that that those kinds of themes wouldn’t enable me to give this album a 100 out of 100 points because this album isn’t flawless. Right from the opening of the album, the lead guitar work kicks in and you know that these guys are here to play and impress you. The vocals in the first song Forever Chaos sound guttural at first, similar to David Sanchez Gonzalez of Avulsed.

The song is basically about an evil spirit that can penetrate people’s minds and cause nightmares. The music certainly is not chaotic no matter what the album’s title may be.

Forever Chaos the Review Part 2

Within the Winter Silence has some harmonies that may remind some people of Iron Maiden. Master of Impieties has a terrific, catchy soft guitar part that will leave you very impressed. It is similar to the song Zombie Inc. on the 1999 album Colony by In Flames. The stellar songwriting continues with the seventh song called Wings of Flame as we see some very good guitar tapping that is also melodic. But the album drops off just a bit with the average song Shudders Hell. But this band rebounds and does a better job on the next song called Land of a Dream. The song starts out with some beautiful acoustic guitar before getting into an old fashioned Shadow style melodic song. The album concludes with a cover of Slayer’s Black Magic. It is a real shame that Shadow never really had commercial success even in Japan because they are very talented.

The band Shadow vs. the band Serpent

Which one of these Japanese melodic death metal bands do you like more?

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What Are The Standout Songs from the Album Forever Chaos?

The strongest songs in this album are many including Master of Impieties and Wings of Flame and Land of a Dream as well as the first three songs which is more than half of the album. If this is truly Shadow’s last album as a band, this is a great way to call it a career. For those that are interested in checking out heavy metal from Japan, I recommend the band Serpent or the female fronted pop-metal band called BabyMetal.

The song called Master of Impieties

© 2016 Ara Vahanian

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