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Shadow Of Intent - Melancholy



8.3 | 231 votes |
Release date: 16 August 2019
Style: Symphonic deathcore

Owners:

83 have it
10 want it


Disc I
01. Melancholy
02. Gravesinger
03. Barren And Breathless Macrocosm [feat. Trevor Strnad]
04. Underneath A Sullen Moon
05. Oudenophobia
06. Embracing Nocturnal Damnation
07. Dirge Of The Void
08. Chthonic Odyssey
09. The Dreaded Mystic Abyss
10. Malediction

Disc II [Melancholy (Instrumentals)]
01. Melancholy [instrumental version]
02. Gravesinger [instrumental version]
03. Barren And Breathless Macrocosm [instrumental version]
04. Underneath A Sullen Moon [instrumental version]
05. Oudenophobia [instrumental version]
06. Embracing Nocturnal Damnation [instrumental version]
07. Dirge Of The Void [instrumental version]
08. Chthonic Odyssey [instrumental version]
09. The Dreaded Mystic Abyss [instrumental version]
10. Malediction [instrumental version]

Top 20 albums of 2019: 15

Line-up
Ben Duerr - vocals
Chris Wiseman - guitars, vocals, samples
Anthony Barone - drums
Andrew Monias - bass

Guest musicians
Trevor Scott Strnad - vocals

Additional info
Instrumental versions available as seperate digital release on CDBaby and Spotify.

Staff review by
RaduP
Rating:
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Out of all the deathcore releases this year, of course it's the epic bombastic cheesy symphonic one that gets all the attention. And what a hypocrite am I to complain, considering that out of all of those, I'm also only reviewing this one.

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published 29.11.2019 | Comments (3)

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04.07.2019 - 15:28
Wes

Can't wait!
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16.08.2019 - 23:25
Rating: 10
traililya

THE BEAST...
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21.08.2019 - 00:41
Rating: 9
Overrwatcher

Deathcore in the top albums of the year? Imminent 4/10 spam.

Anyway, for those that don't know Shadow of Intent, I can sum up whether or not you will like this album. If you have serious objections to any one of these things, this album is probably not for you:

  • Cheesy symphonic metal with some clear Dimmu Borgir worship (Embracing Nocturnal Damnation)
  • Over-the-top "epic" feel
  • Constant blastbeats and overall heaviness that leaves you exhausted by the end
  • Clean vocals in your death metal
  • Even the slightest hint of a breakdown

If these things don't bother you, give this album a try. They toned down the deathcore part of their sound a lot and are pretty much a symphonic death metal band now with the occasional breakdown.
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Written by Dr. Strawberry on 12.06.2016 at 19:43

Overwatcher, MS Xena, crumbled him in no time. MS needs you to kill the boredom in here.
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21.08.2019 - 02:05
Rating: 9
dragula1541

Written by Overrwatcher on 21.08.2019 at 00:41

Deathcore in the top albums of the year? Imminent 4/10 spam.

Anyway, for those that don't know Shadow of Intent, I can sum up whether or not you will like this album. If you have serious objections to any one of these things, this album is probably not for you:

  • Cheesy symphonic metal with some clear Dimmu Borgir worship (Embracing Nocturnal Damnation)
  • Over-the-top "epic" feel
  • Constant blastbeats and overall heaviness that leaves you exhausted by the end
  • Clean vocals in your death metal
  • Even the slightest hint of a breakdown

If these things don't bother you, give this album a try. They toned down the deathcore part of their sound a lot and are pretty much a symphonic death metal band now with the occasional breakdown.


Yeah, having not listened to these guys before, I'm basically getting Septicflesh/Fleshgod vibes immediately. I like it.
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21.08.2019 - 09:51
Troy Killjoy
perfunctionist
I really don't think the hype for this album was justified. I get that it's basically the power metal equivalent of a brutal death metal album and therefore bound to appeal to a wider audience, but the cheese factor is overwhelming throughout and the incredibly thin "clean" vocals detract from what little intensity exists between all the bombastic Septicflesh worship.

I think mid-era Fleshgod Apocalypse perfected the combination of orchestral instrumentation and brutal death metal, but I can appreciate others being inspired by the entrepreneurial nature of innovators before them. It's not like something original is always the best in its class; however, in this case, I'd argue the originators have the advantage.

It's well-executed and constructed to fit the typical formulaic structure of "pop" metal -- a major metal label's wet dream (think Metal Blade) -- but unfortunately lacks the substance needed beyond its pleasurable, easy listening experience for the battle-tested veteran looking for something with a sturdy foundational grit. Which is to say, it's passable, but far from great. The worst part about it is you can tell the musicians are individually talented and their vision is clearly paying off in terms of garnering attention across all sects of the metal scene, but the overall approach is muddled by what seems to be a gimmick or specifically designed attempt at breaking through to the heavyweight ranks of mainstream metal. I understand all forms of art are in some way or another derivative, but that doesn't mean it has to be made so blatantly obvious.
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22.08.2019 - 23:22
Rating: 9
Dunno guys.. for me its just way, way too epic and such a clear sounding with cheesy symphonic riffs bruh
also they don't know what balance is and when to stop ,senseless heaviness with silly breakdowns
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23.08.2019 - 05:05
Rating: 9
Overrwatcher

I have to agree that it's definitely not for everyone, and that it is a little overrated. Im actually surprised that of all the fantastic deathcore albums that have come out in the past 2-3 years, it's this album that gets the attention, considering it's so outright cheesy. Don't get me wrong, I love the album, but I also love all sorts of cheesy stuff and it's already been established that I have a terrible taste in music. Even then, I would say that Whitechapel's latest album is a much more distinct deathcore album of the year for me.
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Written by Dr. Strawberry on 12.06.2016 at 19:43

Overwatcher, MS Xena, crumbled him in no time. MS needs you to kill the boredom in here.
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08.09.2019 - 21:50
Pimeässä
Pimeässä
Fantastic
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12.09.2019 - 02:34
nikarg
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Written by Kangaroo Jury on 21.08.2019 at 09:13

Pompous but doesn't lack essence. Best track: The dreaded mystic abyss.

I agree. With both of your sentences.
I should normally puke with this but I strangely like it.
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13.09.2019 - 15:50
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by christmas.inHell on 22.08.2019 at 23:22

Dunno guys.. for me its just way, way too epic and such a clear sounding with cheesy symphonic riffs bruh
also they don't know what balance is and when to stop ,senseless heaviness with silly breakdowns

Too epic, cheesy, senseless and silly - but yet you're rating this album 9/10 = excellent?

Your understanding of the rating system is terribly wrong and outright absurd.
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13.09.2019 - 16:14
Rating: 9
Written by Starvynth on 13.09.2019 at 15:50

Too epic, cheesy, senseless and silly - but yet you're rating this album 9/10 = excellent?
Your understanding of the rating system is terribly wrong and outright absurd.

did you read the thread before you answer me? Spoiler:>> Overrwatcher
that was just overplayed sarcasm with 5 her points
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13.09.2019 - 17:18
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by christmas.inHell on 13.09.2019 at 16:14

did you read the thread before you answer me? Spoiler:>> Overrwatcher
that was just overplayed sarcasm with 5 her points

Sure, but did you even understand Overrwatcher's post?
He obviously likes the album pretty much. So if you are trying to express that you are sharing his point of view, any form of sarcasm is off the mark and nothing but a source of misunderstanding.

This is the internet, you know? People will not see the twinkle in your eye unless you're using the correct wording or a suitable smiley.
Spoiler: was the wrong one.
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24.10.2019 - 06:08
Rating: 9
chomskeet

One of my favorite albums of the last few years was the one before this, "Reclaimer." I love this band but this one wasn't quite as consistent as their last. The presence of "singing" in this one is a detriment
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17.11.2019 - 16:57
Rating: 7
metalbrat

Not my cup of tea especially the vocals but still liked the melody part of two songs - Melancholy and Oudenophobia.
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13.12.2019 - 02:56
Rating: 9
RopsterKraws

Quote:
Yeah, having not listened to these guys before, I'm basically getting Septicflesh/Fleshgod vibes immediately. I like it.



Septicflesh was the first thing that popped in my mind during the Gravesinger intro.
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22.02.2020 - 08:44
Rating: 6
tintinb

I really don't get the hype about this album at all. This sound really average with a killer instrumental track. The vocals are pretty good though.
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23.02.2020 - 13:51
Rating: 5
H-metal

No hooks, no climax. Boring album. Boring band. IMHO.
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06.04.2020 - 15:49
Rating: 8
nonZero

Ok, time to check this polarising album out.

Verdict:
Having never listened to Shadow of Intent before today or really taken much notice of the hype around this album, I actually quite like it. I'm not a big deathcore band, but these guys know how to add variety to a very formulaic genre.

Not my favourite album of 2019 by any means, but certainly not worth less than 7 or 8.

(Also, how can 191 votes in 7 months be classed as "overhyped"?)
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19.12.2020 - 22:14
Rating: 9
musclassia

I've come back to this album far more regularly than I anticipated; admittedly that's a listen once every 2-3 months or so, but it's more than most albums from 2019 have been allowed
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07.04.2021 - 19:43
ickoriss

The over-the-top cheesiness and Dimmu worship doesn't phase me in the slightest. I absolutely love this thing and think it's worthy of all the praise it gets.
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03.01.2022 - 20:36
Rating: 9
Fred_P

This has been playing a lot for me ever since I've discovered it, both the instrumental version and the original version. Tried to get into the earlier stuff but a couple of songs in I was already tired of the breakdowns. This is more symphonic death and I like it better this way. The singles from the new album all sounds great and I can't wait for Elegy.
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22.11.2022 - 08:14
Rating: 7
24emd

A little monotonous for my taste (same as most deathcore) but the symphonies are pretty good as well as the atmosphere and guitarwork. Breakdowns are not bad, they've avoided the standard cringe deathcore style.
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