Shadar Logoth

Maine’s black death band Shadar Logoth returns with their self released debut full length. The first comment needs to go to the cover art. Yet another hanging. I think the noose has become the most overused motif in black metal. At least this time it is a hanging and not a suicide.

The one facet of this band that really dominates is the vocals of Dan Eaton. Stellar clean vocals of the soaring variety and mundane black vocals were on display on the demo. Here we get much improved clean vocals, which were already impressive, coupled with deeper fuller harsh vocals. Tons of practice time is in evidence. He is singing a continuous duet with himself thanks to layering the vocals. The music flows with the vocals much more fully and quirky little flourishes add dynamics and demonstrate a progressive flair.

Slow minimalist sections were used on the demo and are repeated here, though greatly expanded upon to great effect. The drumming is once again worth the effort to pick out of the mix and thankfully this time they are a bit louder and more vibrant, nicely done. The guitar lines are more linear and provide plenty of forward propulsion. Guitar and bass have a good sense of timing, not lingering too long at any one speed and flowing the vocals in and around the guitars creates nice atmospherics. The keyboards are a bit understated but that is fine by me.

“Footsteps in the Snow” shows the band off well, all the key elements of their style are on display. “Spitting His Curse With Venom” starts off with a very nicely done vocal intro before delving into an understated guitar solo helped by the vocal line. “The Path to End” is melodic with abrupt stops and starts and a faster pace as well as slow minimalist sections showcasing the keys. The guitarist shows off a bit as well, a very well developed song. You might expect a song called “Gallows Hill” to be somber, and it starts that way with understated melodic lines and subdued keys. The drums do their best to divert your attention but it is the guitars that make this song a winner, and the vocals of course. Earlier I mentioned a tighter link between music and vocals, this is the song I was referencing. “The Dread Lord” finishes off the album in full out black metal assault mode, just to prove they can do it all. Listen carefully to the drumming, you won’t be disappointed. Emperor fans might not take much stock in it but certainly a worthy stab in the right direction.

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Written by Grimulfr
October 14th, 2008


  1. Commented by: Nick

    i actually liked this album, but i think if you are going to play a progressive black metal, at least have good production. Raw production doesnt mix with super progressive BM imo.

  2. Commented by: Dimaension X

    Isn’t one of these guys in Bothildir?? Similar progressive Black metal with very raw production.

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