To bring your week to a fiendishly delicious end, we are fiendishly excited to deliver a very cool video for a very cool song off the forthcoming second album by the Danish death metal band Shadowspawn. The album’s name is Biology of Disbelief, and it will be released by Emanzipation Productions on April 16th.
This new song, “Under The Blood Red Moon“, radiates evil from every pore, and the video does as well, while presenting an interesting juxtaposition of imagery in the rendering of the band members’ performances. There are so many things to like about the song, but one of them that jumps out is Bue Torin Jensen‘s voice. It’s such a voracious snarl, a kind of devouring vortex of savagery — but you can make out every word, and there’s a great temptation to growl and howl right along with him, especially when he extends the word “MOOOOOON“, raising his voice to a blood-curdling scream. (Well, at least you can roar along with him in your head, because few of us can actually make sounds like this with our own larynxes).
But there’s obviously even more to like about the song, from Danni Jelsgaard‘s neck-cracking drum rhythms, which hammer like pistons, gallop like devil-steeds, and spit like automatic weaponry, to Kelvin Dam‘s gut-slugging bass lines, which you can feel in your core. And of course the riffing of guitarists Nicolai Cheung and Oliver Ragnar Larsen is another central attraction. It writhes like serpents, spawning images of grim and ghastly apparitions moaning in agony, but also seethes and savages, with its menacing buzzing vibrations channeling cruelty and madness.
For fans of diabolical old-school death metal, this track should prove irresistible because it provides such an exhilarating amalgam of visceral groove, addictive riffing, and vocal ferocity. It’s a fitting homage to the groups that provided the chief inspiration for Shadowspawn — the likes of Illdisposed, Carcass, Benediction and Asphyx.
Conceptually, the band explain that The Biology of Disbelief “is set in a abstract lyrical world of steampunk and religious criticism, a story told in abstract yet precise and critical terms, concerning religion, misinformation and disbelief”.
The drums were recorded and produced by Tue Madsen at the renowned Antfarm Studios, and was otherwise mixed and produced by the band itself, recorded during the fall of 2020 at both Antfarm and Shadowspawn’s own studio. Tue Madsen has commented about the album: “Good quality old school death metal, which is always good for the soul”. And indeed it is.