Review from Ave Noctum

October 27, 2020
From: Ave Noctum 
Published: October 26, 2020

If I was a Bond villain looking to hold the world to ransom by destabilising the Black Metal community (unlikely but stay with me here), my nefarious plot would involve removing the letter “v” from all keyboards being manufactured. Imagine the consternation and beating of breasts that would occur if corpse painted folks could no longer replace “f”s or “u”s with that pointy toothsome letter! Maybe they could move to something more cuddly like an upper case Q. So KQlt and TrQe. I digress!

My attempts at wit aside, Ov Shadows are a Black Metal band from Gothenburg who favour the full on bombast and blast of bands like 1349 and fellow Swedes Dark Funeral.  “I Djavulens Avilbild” is their second full length following 2018’s “The Darkness Between Stars”.

This, the band’s first release on Hypnotic Dirge, is full of stirring icy riffs with a really full sound. The first three tracks on the album allow no time to strap in before they catapult into a maelstrom of darkness. “Blasphemiskt Crescendo” had me reaching for the sky with the unholy metal claw whilst my neck whipped to the oh so beefy drum sound. The guitars here pinch and scream like tortured violins. Delightfully devillish!

It is refreshing that Ov Shadows are a quartet having reviewed a lot of one-man bands and duos who lurk in the darkness of late. The four, sound like a band and the drums offer a warm organic feel amongst the razor-sharp guitars and blistering basslines.

The title track is a more pensive composition than the others carried by a driving drum beat that gives the track a nautical Viking air.

As I listen to the album more – been spinning it for a week or so, I have started to draw comparisons to Immortal’s Northern Chaos Gods and it is starting to grow on me more and more. It is one of those albums that has a musical theme running through it but offering enough diversity to keep the interest and ensure that the tracks do not blur into one. This is definitely an album for folks who enjoy a good drum sound – I just wish my air drums were better!

Ov Shadows have produced an aggressively melodic, devilishly driving collection of blackened brutality. I for one am a new convert.

Rating: 8/10
Reviewed by: Matt Mason


Review from True Metal

October 26, 2020
From: True Metal
Published: October 13, 2020

L’uggiosa atmosfera autunnale si presta in particolar modo all’analisi di “I Djävulens Avbild”, ultima fatica in studio degli svedesi Ov Shadows. Il quartetto di Gothenburg presenta quest’album come una solida composizione di black metal svedese moderno: non parliamo dichiaratamente di un concept album, ma il percorso delineato dalla band nella fruizione dei sette brani proposti invita alla contemplazione dell’oscurità che ...

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Review from Makeshift Altars

September 18, 2020
From: Makeshift Altars
Published: September 12, 2020

Ov Shadows fly in to deliver you a glacial slab of black metal all the way from Sweden, and boy are their arms tired...

    ...not from flapping their would-be wings, of course, which I’m sure would be covered in tar-black feathers. Either that or something resembling a bat’s wings. Black Metal Animorphs, anyone? Just me? Okay... no, in all seriousness, where these black metal bands get the stamina to deliver these absolutely ...

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Review from Blessed Altar Zine

September 3, 2020
From: Blessed Altar Zine
Published: September 2, 2020

Swedish black metallers Ov Shadows are back with their second full length album “I Djävulens Avbild” their first release on Hypnotic Dirge records.

Their first full length ”The Darkness Between Stars” (2018) was a relentless assault of chaotic black metal, proving that the experience and fluidity the members gained in Gothenburg’s Waning, in which they all played together, would be carried over to this new project. “...

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Review from Diario de un metalhead

September 1, 2020
From: Diario de un metalhead
Published: August 31, 2020

Por Jorge López Novales.

En tiempos de incertidumbre cae en mis manos el segundo larga duración de la banda sueca Ov Shadows, “I Djävulens Avbild” (traducido como “In the Devil's Image”). Ha coincidido que mi estado de ánimo ahora mismo necesitaba metal extremo y no podía haber encontrado mejor solución. A los pocos segundos de escucha ya me había sumergido en su oscuridad.

¿A que suenan los de Gotemburgo? Ov Sha...

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Review from Underground Extremo

September 1, 2020
From: Underground Extremo
Published: August 31, 2020

Nascendo das cinzas da horda "Waning", e com uma aura sonora totalmente obscura lembrando a escola sueca do estilo que sempre revelou nomes como o grande Dark Funeral, seu primeiro EP foi lançado em 2016  Monologues  que foi muito bem recebido que logo depois tivemos "The Darkness Between Stars". E provando que eles não apenas uma promessa e sim uma realidade no cenário europeu, agora tivemos "I Djävulens Avbild" (Na imagem d...

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Review from Metal Temple

August 27, 2020
From: Metal Temple
Published: August 27, 2020 

OV SHADOWS is a Swedish black metal band and "I Djävulens Avbild" is their second full length release; they released an EP in 2016. This album is really crazy—-it is one-part full steam ahead, no holds barred black metal. Tremolo picking, inhuman drumming and blackened shrieks are some elements at play that will blast your ear hole. However, there is more to the album than cold from the void speed and aggression. The other part is l...

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Review from Third Eye Cinema

August 25, 2020
From: Third Eye Cinema
Published: August 22, 2020

Now this is black metal. Don’t take that as an endorsment of quality,
necessarily…just that if you’re putting Nubivagant on the same shelf as Ov Shadows, you’ll know instantly which one doesn’t belong.

Even so, this is pretty solid Swedish school black metal, not quite the empty pursuit of speed that is Norsecore, but still falling well within the sonic radar of bands that have at least dipped their toes into if not become i...

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Review from Via Omega

August 25, 2020
From: Via Omega
Published: August 23, 2020 

Swedish newcomers to the black metal scene Ov Shadows have now released their second full-length on the eclectic and radical label Hypnotic Dirge Records out of Canada. Continuing the lasting legacy established by their homeland of only producing top-caliber black metal for the feeble masses, Ov Shadows arose from the ashes of Waning (and members also performed in acts such as Slaughtercult and Clonaeon) to create a classic sound of death...

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Review from The Headbanging Moose

August 21, 2020
From: The Headbanging Moose
Published: August 20, 2020

Arising from the darkest pits of Gothenburg, this Swedish horde is ready to stun us all once again with the Atmospheric Black Metal guided by chaos and darkness from their sophomore opus.

Gothenburg, Sweden’s own Black Metal entity Ov Shadows is rising once again form the pits of the underworld to stun us all with their sophomore full-length opus, titled I Djävulens Avbild, which translates to English as “In the Devil’s I...

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 Released: August 14, 2020
Genre: Black Metal