Shades of Black
Style: Modern Death Metal
Release date: 2011
Playing time: 38:56

'Ehm, what is this? A Gojira clone from Toronto, Canada?' Those were my initial thoughts when I listened to the first few notes of the title track of this album from Korpius. And although I'm a big fan of the French death metal/modern metal outfit, I thought it a bit cheap.

It turns out that there is no reason to fear full plagiarism, though. Although Gojira is most certainly a part of the big brew that is 'Shades of Black', there is also so much more, as the band draws on melodic death metal, modern metal and a squeeze of black metal and thus forms a heavy and brutal stew. It has a good drive and at the same time offers surprising and cool details - for example the superb harmonies that all of a sudden appear out of the blue in Disillusion.

Well-worth checking out for fans of death metal with a modern touch. Nice one!


01. Shades of Black
02. On the Edge
03. Fury
04. Stigmatized
05. Awaking Terror
06. Disillusion
07. At the Point of Death
08. Six Feet Deep
09. The Final Charge

Label: Maple Metal Records
Distribution: Maple Metal Records
Artwork rating: 30/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: 25 July, 2011
Website: Korpius@Mypace