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Scimitar 'Shadows of Man' Album Review by Allyson Kingsley

Scimitar

Shadows of Man

Release Date: August 23, 2019

Self-Released

Album Review By Allyson Kingsley, Music Journalist

Boston Rock Radio

Scimitar lineup:

Angus Lennox: lead vocals/bass

Clayton Basi: drums/ vocals

Jesse Turner: guitars/vocals

Noel Anstey: guitars/vocals

   

More reasons to love Canada! From Victoria, B.C. we have Scimitar and their latest album is Shadows of Man. A fusion of styles awaits you as they invite the listener to join them in an epic journey of times long ago. They make a solid and inviting sound that incorporates elements of melodic death metal, black metal,and folk metal to contrast with and complement the heavy riffs, powerful drumming, and Viking style vocals. Having formed in 2008, and amassing fans since their 2010 album Black Waters, these gents have shared the stage with Ensiferum, Arkona, Septic Flesh, Heidevolk, Unleash the Archers, and Archspire.

 

Once opening track "State of Nature" got going, it certainly gained my attention with its power metal style kind of in the Hammerfall style. As I progress through my journey into this album, I am really liking this style, it's Amon Amarth meets Heilung and Alestorm. I could not possibly sing so many lyrics so quickly and intelligibly. "Shadows of Man I-Imperium" and "Part II-Cataclysm" are both impressive and majestic, creating a stunning atmosphere. "Where Ancient Spectres Lie" is my standout song; it is heavily weighted and intricately badass. With the closing track "Mysterium, Tremendum, et Fascin" you will hear the definitive black metal influence in the riffs as well as vocals.

 

Shadows of Man is essential listening. Catch them soon at the Vancouver Island Metal Fest. 

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