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Shadows in the Light Enhanced

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IMMOLATION SHADOW IN THE LIGHT


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

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 8, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Century Media
  • ASIN: B000OHZK3Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,106 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Stutheit on 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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Joel Israel on January 6, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Immolation's last platter, "Harnessing Ruin", was a fantastic modern death metal album with lasting appeal, a great, thick production, and enough variety, experimentation, and sharp songwriting skill to keep you coming back over and over again, setting a high bar and higher expectations for the next release. Unfortunately, "Shadows In The Light" seems like a misstep.

Suffering from a poor production, somewhat uninspired riffing and songwriting, and an over "flat", somewhat boring vibe, this album was certainly a letdown after their last effort, which I thought was absolutely fantastic. Still a decent album in the genre, it just feels to me like they are simply going through the motions. That, + lackluster production values, = a forgettable metal album.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralph S. Shumway on 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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By AaronMiller on February 3, 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Great album I got to interview Robert Vigna and I saw them in LA>
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By king beagley on October 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I noticed throughout this album's lyrics that Jesus was hardly the subject matter. they've separated themselves from Deicide on this album and are walking on their own path. aside from attacking Jesus, Immolation has excellent musicianship. the solos are killer, as no metal band should be without them.
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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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