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Released: 2015, Indie
Reviewer: Helias Papadopoulos
I don’t know if Shattered is a new band. The only thing I know is that they play technical death metal very very well. They come out of Germany, a land of short history in death metal scene (sadly ☹).
Shattered released lately NEW ATLANTIS. Do NOT let your mind go to any power metal interludes and vocals. Not at all. It’s all about technical death metal. If you are not fan of this metal subgenre, skip that album review.
So, what we have here? Large quantities of absurdly good music with extreme consistency over a timespan that most other artists would take to write just one album (Exhumed and Immolation are the exceptions here!).
I have to confess that underestimating Shattered is a dangerous game. Listen to tracks like “The Orbits around” and “Into the Shattering” and you gonna say the same. If not, you may be a liar and need a personal confession for your sins.Shattered opens strong. “Bipolar Disorder” shreds through four minutes of signature death thrash before ending with a brilliant crescendo under a harmonized lead that’s catchy enough to carry beyond its proclaimed environs.
NEW ATLANTIS retains an unmistakable core identity while pushing the envelope further and in different dimensions than the band has ever gone before. Its greatest triumph is in how completely unpredictable it is – not in song structures, riffs, or even tonality, necessarily – but in unprecedented writing that continuously confounds. It’s a more stripped-down album that I’ve thought in the first place. Just try it, if you can!
1. BIPOLAR DISORDER
2. IGNITE THE DAWNSHARD
3. INTO THE SHATTERING
4. DESPISE THE LIVING
6. THE FALL OF HYPERION
7. TRAPPED IN EVERLASTING DREAMS
8. THE GRID
9. THE ORBITS AROUND
10. INTO ARCHADIA
12. FROM DISTANT SHORES
Michael - vocals
Julian - bass
Florian - lead guitars
Johannes – backing vocals, guitars
Jonas - drums
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