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Shadowspan – The Biology Of Disbelief Award winner

Shadowspan
The Biology Of Disbelief
by Will Travers at 08 May 2021, 3:12 PM

Death Metal from Denmark, that get your attention? Good. Well, buckle up and prepare yourself for the second full length album from SHADOWSPAWN. The five-piece having dropped their record “The Biology Of Disbelief” recently and already it is receiving great accolades. So, let’s see what it’s all about! The artwork, straight away stands out; there is a lot going on and the more I look at it, the more I am seeing come out at me from the imagery.

Opening is “Under The Blood Red Moon” and holy hell. Instantly it grips me, the vocal effect is mesmerising and there is an unapologetic old school thuggery about the music. It is heavy, and unrelenting, picture the pits at a live show to this track! “Obliteration Exceptional” continues this barrage of dense badass riffage, just listen to the break runs. What stands out to me is SHADOWSPAWN doesn’t quite fit the contemporary Death Metal nuances, but there are melds of various subgenres that flow and fuse together to create this utterly fantastic sound.

“Daughters Of Lot” and “In The Light Of Darkness” continue the display of simply sublime music. The running riffs and sweeping overtones just go to show the control that guitarists Nicolai and Oliver have, never mind the skill of their craft! But something has to be said about the bones of the music, the foundations… No one ever really gives the credit to the Bass and Drum trackings, but Kelvin and Danni should both stand up and take a bow. Without your contributions, talent and sheer passion, there would be some serious shortfalls to the music!

The rest of the album was a whirlwind of aural pleasure, as the barrage of riffs and brutal rhythms assaulted me through my headphones. The vocal styles of Bue really stood out to me, and they will probably be some of the best vocals I have heard laid down to track in some time. But I want to take the time to talk about one last track. The first being “Decreating The Prestine”, from its unnerving and ritualistic beginning, through the stomping tracking and to the abrupt ending, this is one of the standout tracks for me, especially what I could only describe as the small flourish of clean vocals (I’m not sure if they were… But it’s the best way to describe it I believe). The contrast to the rest of the music heard to this point was stark and really made it a memorable addition.

Overall, this is one hell of an album. Sometimes I can feel that music can try too hard to be something, try to play to stereotypes that really stain the quality of the music. But not today, no SHADOWSPAWN have produced something special with “The Biology Of Disbelief” and that is just some sheer fucking good music.

Songwriting: 10
Originality: 10
Memorability: 10
Production: 10

5 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Under The Blood Red Moon
2. Obliteration Exceptional
3. Daughters Of Lot
4. In The Light Of Darkness
5. Return To Ashes
6. Rite Of Passage
7. The Biology Of Disbelief
8. Decreating The Prestine
9. Dark Dawn Take Me
10. Bite The Pain
Lineup:
Bue T. Jensen – Vocals
Nicolai Cheung – Guitar
Oliver Ragnar – Guitar
Kelvin Dam – Bass
Danni L. Jelsgaard – Drums
Record Label: Emanzipation Productions
     


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Edited 17 June 2021
 

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