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Artist:

Shade Empire

Album:

Zero Nexus

Year: 2008
Format: CD
Label: Dynamic Arts
Genre: [Hybrid Metal/Melodic Black Metal/Industrial Metal]
Overall Rating: 7.5
Music: 7.5
Production: 7.0


The Finnish hybrid metal group Shade Empire's released their third album Zero Nexus last month, and as before, their multi-faceted approach to songwriting surely keeps the listener intrigued for repeated listens. However, this time Shade Empire's music has gotten more operatic feel to it and also resides to lighter shades of tone. At times the material is indeed very apposite and tasteful, but every now and then the industrial-tinged effects bring out some bad qualities of the mastering (too much highs). Furthermore few less catchy riffs have accidentally found their way to this record as well.

As a whole, Zero Nexus is a bit unfocused record - it has its moments of splendor, but unfortunately that side gets contradicted by less fruitful choices regarding the song structure. The brighter moments, however, showcase how much potential this group really has. Overall, this record is rather entertaining listening experience and should please most fans of the melodic black metal genre.

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- MAGE (April 22nd, 2008)



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LINE-UP:
Harju, Juha: Vocals
Niiranen, Janne: Guitars
Sirkkiä, Juha: Guitars
Mantere, Eero: Bass
Rasane: Drums
Savolainen, Olli: Synths

with
Lisitsin, Petra: Vocals
Koponen, Jorma: Tenor Vocals
Wilson, Graham: Male Speech on "Victory"
Kolari, Aku: Saxophone
Producer: Holopainen, Tero & Shade Empire
Mixing by: SN Audio Productions
Mastering by: Forsbäck, Svante
TRACKLIST:
Shade Empire - Zero Nexus  CD  Cover Image
01. 9 in 1
02. Adam & Eve
03. Blood Colours the White
04. Flesh Relinquished
05. Harvesters of Death
06. Serpent-Angel
07. Whisper from the Depths
08. Ecstasy of Black Light
09. Victory

Length: 44:43
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