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 deathless iron will that will easily make even the most hardened listeners fraught will devilish glee!

Without a moment's hesitation “Den Eld Som Tär Och Förvrider” storms out of the gate with icy cold thunderous fury and hearkens back to the mid-90s before black metal was a type of marketing tool, back when it was mysterious and truly something esoteric. The barrage of drums on "Blasfemiskt Crescendo" seriously needs to be heard to be beheld, as if drummer JW's soul has been possessed by former Dark Funeral drummer Dominator himself. "Anakoretens Gap" easily captures that ancient, revered essence of the sound of No Fashion Records and the imprint its roster of artists left upon the collective minds of the underground. If only briefly, the title track slows things down meticulously to begin with, RA's tortured vocal delivery accompanying the change in tempo with perfect poise and balance. Finally “Av Kunskap Krönt Till Gud” engages you first at a midpace and then lets it all go with frenetic speed while staying heavy on melody, finessed to utter perfection. With a title translating to "In The Devil's Image" and everything being sung in their mother tongue, Ov Shadows pays tremendous tribute to Jungian philosophy and encourages us all to embrace our shadows-self and let it run amok, the consequences of which are irrelevant and to be wholly dismissed.

Without a doubt Ov Shadow have generated a massive assault of most exquisite black metal a full generation after their country's death and black metal scenes were on their way to becoming to stuff of legends that we still, to the very day, genuflect before. The grandeur and the splendor are approached with such fervent ardor that before long they too shall be among the masters of their craft. Watch for them with some serious intent! 

Rating: 9/10

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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Review from Horns Up

August 18, 2020
From: Horns Up
Published: August 14, 2020

Je regretterai toujours un peu le split de Waning, groupe suédois qui avait su à la fois moderniser une base Black-Metal progressif et l’arborer d’un apparat plus froid et mécanique qui fonctionnait à merveille. L’excellent The Human Condition (2012), son second album, restera son testament et son manifeste, même si le groupe aura ensuite sorti 2 EPs avec un line-up amputé de son premier chanteur, avant d’arrêter les frais en...

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Review from ZWare Metalen

August 18, 2020
From: ZWare Metalen
Published: August 14, 2020

Ov Shadows ontstond uit de restanten van het eveneens uit Zweden afkomstige Waning. De vier heren brachten ergens in 2016 hun eerste EP uit, Monologues. Een EP die zich kenmerkte door bevreemdende black metal met hier en daar een injectie van industriële klanken, of zo staat het toch geschreven. Het daaropvolgende The Darkness Between Stars fietste vrolijk verder op dezelfde tarmac maar ditmaal kreeg je deze naargeestige blackmetalvar...

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Review from Hellfire Magazine

August 18, 2020
From: Hellfire Magazine
Published: August 14, 2020

Aus dem schwedischen Göteborg, eigentlich der Inbegriff für Melodic Death Metal, kommt die Black Metal Band OV SHADOWS, die erstmals 2016 mit der EP “Monologues” auf den Plan traten. Dass die Jungs eigentlich in der kurz zuvor aufgelösten Black Metal Kapelle ‘Waning’ spielten, merkte man schnell an der Qualität der neuen Songs unter neuer Flagge. Im Februar 2018 folgte dann mit “The darkness between lights” das Deb...

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Review from Angry Metal Guy

August 18, 2020
From: Angry Metal Guy
Published: August 14, 2020

Psychoanalysis was a truly revolutionary idea. Up to that point, it was believed that what you see, what you can experience with your senses – that’s all there was. But obnoxious motherfucker Freud1 came around and screwed that up. Suddenly we realize through him (in his diagnoses of traumatized World War 1 veterans) that the mind, the personality, and behavior is influenced perhaps by forces of which we are not necessarily aware...

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Review from Metal Utopia

August 13, 2020
From: Metal Utopia
Published: August 13, 2020 

Too many bands reach forward, not enough reach inward. A lot of acclaimed music is plowing through the present and the past, trying to find the next new thing. New sounds, new fusions, new genres. It’s the easiest way to stick out. However, music can be iterative. Just because someone made an album twenty years ago doesn’t mean that you can’t do it better. Enter Swedish metallers Ov Shadows. Their attack on their sophomore album ...

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Review from Wonderbox Metal

August 13, 2020
From: Wonderbox Metal
Published: August 13, 2020 

Ov Shadows are a Swedish black metal band and this is their second album.

Featuring a member of Obitus, Ov Shadows play ferocious, yet textured, black metal that should find favour with fans of bands such as Dark Funeral, Nordjevel, Nightbringer, Barshasketh, etc.

I Djävulens Avbild contains 43 minutes of blistering black metal, performed at withering speeds for much of the time. The pace does change, to be fair, but this album is ne...

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Review from Metal Natala

August 6, 2020
From: Metal Natala
Published: August 6, 2020 

A Suécia é uma verdadeira potência quando o tema é Heavy Metal (e Metal Extremo) . Afirmação essa que é facilmente comprovada e reforçada quando vamos à memória e resgatamos dela medalhões do valor do Candlemass, Bathory, Dissection, Hypocrisy, Edge Of Sanity e Marduk (ficando nos óbvios e sem entrar na “The Gothemburg Sound” – com todos os inúmeros componentes desta cena).

O fato é que o país jamais perdeu sequer mi...

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Review from Route 666

August 5, 2020
From: Route 666
Published: August 5, 2020

Nach dem sehr starken Debüt „The Darkness Between Stars“ (2018) legen die Black Metal Puristen OV SHADOWS nun mit ihrem Zweitwerk „I Djävulens Avbild“ nach.

Klirrende Kälte, die sich wie ein Eispflock tief in das Herz bohrt, das Blut in den Adern gefrieren lässt und unweigerlich den fröstelnden Tod bringt. So oder so ähnlich lässt sich der tiefschwarze Black Metal der Schweden am ehesten charakterisieren. Stücke wie der bitte...

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 Released: August 14, 2020
Genre: Black Metal