Ov Shadows states, «Embrace your shadow self – your dark aspects. Let those harmless creatures turn into raging monsters. Let chaos guide your consciousness».
Ov Shadows will release their second full-length album in exactly twenty-four days! I Djävulens Avbild from the Swedish Black Metal band following 2018’s The Darkness Between Stars and features members from Waning and Obitus.
Ov Shadows is a band from Gothenberg, Sweden. Rising from the ashes of Waning, a band that all four members previously played in, Ov Shadows introduced their sound with the 2016 self-released EP”Monologues before releasing its first full-length album the above mentioned album The Darkness Between Stars in 2018.
This summer, Ov Shadows returns with their second full-length and first release on Hypnotic Dirge Records. Entitled I Djävulens Avbild (In the Devil’s Image), the new record presents Ov Shadows at an unprecedented ferocity and forward-momentum, and apparently very intent on proving that to their listeners immediately, as pummeling drums and a heavy galloping riff fill the speakers within seconds of the opening track Den Eld Som Tär Och Förvrider (The Fire That Eats And Distorts).
Throughout I Djävulens Avbild, the pace hardly ever lets up, instead taking you on an all-out sensory assault. The combination of infectious riffs, recurring hooks, blast beats, and tortured vocals create an enveloping claustrophobic and dark dissonance, as if a shroud has covered your face and defined forms have turned to shadows. Despite its unrelenting nature, the details really shine through on I Djävulens Avbild thanks to its clear production, precise musicianship, and deliberate flow.
The few times where the record does slow down become quite memorable due to the contrast. The use of powerful percussion and austere bass create a trance-inducing atmosphere while discordant tremolo-picked melodies soar overhead creating a wonderful juxtaposition that crescendos into catharsis.
I Djävulens Avbild Tracklist:
1 – Den Eld som Tär och Förvrider /
The Fire That Consumes And Distorts (6:24)
2 – Blasfemiskt Crescendo/
Blasphemous Crescendo (6:24)
3 – Under Dödens Vingar /
Under the Wings of Death (5:44)
4 – Anakoretens Gap /
The Maw of the Anchorite (5:06)
5 – I Djävulens Avbild /
In the Devil’s Image (6:09)
6 – Spotsk / Defiant (6:36)
7 – Av Kunskap Krönt till Gud /
By Knowledge Crowned God (6:34)
Total Playing Time: 42:57
Recorded, mixed & mastered by Ov Shadows during the winter of 2019. All music and lyrics by Ov Shadows. Album art by: Mister Snöpuls.
Ov Shadows is about exploring and embracing the dark aspects that dwell within us all – your ‘shadows-self’ as Carl Jung expressed it. Our vision is to create an atmospheric Black Metal guided by chaos and darkness.