Sound: Insidious Disease is a brand new supergroup forming from the depths of Death Metal. Their debut album, Shadowcast, features pounding drums, heavy guitars, eerie leads, and growling vocals. This discription itself just screams out a perfect death metal album. It really starts with the experience of each member.
Dimmu Borgir co-founder and guitarist Silenoz brings his experience in writing most of the riffs from other bands, and knows the formula to keep each song interesting. Never once in a song will the guitars ever get boring. On the other six-stringed instrument lies the ferocious Jardar of Old Man's Child. Equally adding heavy and pounding riffs to Silenoz, he matches him as if they were brothers, just throwing riff after riff off one another. Many hours of jamming between these two can just be felt by the flow of each song. The guitars are dark and heavy, but do not reach the muffled point, and notes are still able to be heard.
Shane Embury of Napalm Death adds the low grooves to the fast paced guitars. Matching the quick riffs with quick and evenly paced notes which in turn give a darker dimension for each song. The sound of the bass is extra-dark, as a death metal bassist should be.
Tony Laureano of multiple Death Metal bands including Dimmu Borgir, Nile, and Angelcorpse is the reason for your headache if this album is cranked up all the way. His drums are kept at th eneck-breaking speed while pounding away as hard as he can. Each song has its own technical drumming that combines a mix of pedals and toms. It is really unbelievable a drummer as experienced as Tony isn't more known as a big name. Every change in a song is due to his technical drum patterns.
The sound is not muffled at all, and sounds well produced and well rehearsed. It definitely is not an album that was thrown together. // 9
Lyrics: Marc Grewe is back in the world of metal after Morgoth split up, and boy are his vocals extremely powerful. Executing growls and low deep baritones clearly that give a listener a good sense of the lyrics. It is good to hear a vocalist who actually knows how to do this style of vocals and not just scream or growl for the entire album, but have a low voice that gives the songs much more meaning. Marc Grewe sounds amazing, and his mix is perfectly set with the music. // 8
Overall Impression: Overall, to put it as simple and straightforward as possible, if you like Death Metal, then there is no excuse why this album is not already on your computer, and no excuse why you arn't blaring this through speakers that blow the low ends so loud the ground shakes. Listening to this album makes hairs stand up at how intense the sound is. Every had a contributing part. The grooves and guitars and set at the perfect tempo, the one where you headbang so hard you actually headbut a desk in the mix of it. Shadowcast is a perfect debut album for a band to rely on, and may it reign for a long time. // 9
- Sean Michael Gonzalez (c) 2010