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Shadows in the Light [Enhanced]

ImmolationAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000OHZK3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hate's Plague
2. Passion Kill
3. World Agony
4. Tarnished
5. The Weight Of Devotion
6. Breathing the Dark
7. Deliverer Of Evil
8. Shadows In Light
9. Lying With Demons
10. Whispering Death

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying stuff! September 28, 2007
Format:Audio CD
After getting a little experimental with 2005's "Harnessing Ruin," Immolation storm back onto the scene two years later with the seventh full length release of their career, this year's "Shadows in the Light." Immolation seemingly had just two goals in mind when they wrote this album: focused, straightforward, compact songwriting (almost all of the songs stay in the neighborhood of three to four minutes), and furious, devastating brutality. As a result, this iconic New York quartet have never sounded this hungry, aggressive, or crushing.

In fact, truth be told, Immolation have always been a death metal band, but "Shadows in the Light" really leans more towards the grindcore side of the line. It also boasts an abnormally long ten tracks (opposed to the band's usual eight or nine). But those two things aside, every classic Immolation hallmark trait is in place on here, including abrasive, tractor-sized riffs, unorthodox soloing, free-flowing, blasting drum beats, bludgeoning rhythms, and guttural, commanding vocals.

Even though the album has a somewhat brief running time, nobody should be left feeling shortchanged after listening to it, because man, Immolation sure cram a ton into these forty minutes! Plus, it may be the heaviest release of their career thus far, but they never forget to slip in plenty of nifty, catchy hooks, and they also incorporate just enough melody (usually through the frequent use of lead axeman Robert Vigna's wailing, harmonic solos) that the songs need to be memorable and avoid monotony.

Opener "Hate's Plague" and "Tarnished" are just two of the numerous incredibly tightly-knit, punishing, and mean bruisers to be found on here, and overflow with driving, incessantly pummeling blast beats, bulldozing guitar leads, and almost demonic vocals.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Immolation: on the verge June 11, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I have to start by admitting that Immolation is one of my favorite bands: not for what they are, but for what they could be. If you listen closely to Shadows in the Light and its predecessor, Harnessing Ruin, you will find complex structures, memorable riffs, and Death Metal that is approaching a state of sophistication that other bands are not reaching.

The biggest negative Immolation is facing is their studio recording, production, and mixing. Oh, what I'd give to hear a Tue Madsen produced Immolation CD! Shadows in the light is slightly less muted and muddied than Harnessing Ruin, which is a plus. However, when you listen to Behemoth's Demigod or Kataklysm's latest, you will understand this point. Immolation just needs technical expertise to truly blast the world with superior DM.

I rated Shadows in the Light at 4 stars because of the production values. I rate Immolation as a band at 5.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A return to death metal form September 21, 2007
Format:Audio CD
After a detour into confusion on "Harnessing Ruin," which found Immolation wondering if they should become nu-metal/metalcore or keep on the death metal path, the band has decided to stay true to its roots. This makes sense, since progression in style is never progression: you either get better at what you do and the uninformed call it "progression," or you sell out and do something "unique" and call it progression to swindle the uninformed. Immolation has done neither.

Their style matured on "Unholy Cult" and they have now returned to this form, admitted with production that sounds a bit too "heavy metal" and not enough "death metal" in that it neglects the low end and is too polished, clean to capture the timbres essential to this music. "Shadows in the Light" however is a churning mass of seething conflict, and shows these artists reconnecting to what they love in death metal and the issues they believe determine life and death for modern humanity.

While the band still has yet to give direction to its general topic matter, they are exploring it in depth and show signs of finding a path through the morass of hatred toward a channel for that rage, and in producing quality death metal, that is essential. Among the empty releases of the last five years, this is a standout that should serve as an example for all aspiring metal fans and bands.
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5.0 out of 5 stars technical December 17, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
very technical death metal with killer vocals and drumming second to none guitarist is technical sounding with the band comming together to make every song exellent as usual for this great band.
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so, did Century Media screw over U.S. fans AGAIN?
The free DVD is being released on IMMOLATION's 'The Hope and Horror' EP, which you can only order through Listenable Records. I believe they are located in France, which kinda sucks.
Jun 8, 2007 by Nailed To Gold |  See all 3 posts
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