When listening to progressive metal you expect to be provided with vast soundscapes and wondrous atmospheres that capture your mind to have it wander through said soundscapes and within The Shadows of The End that is what you get and then some. The Faceless Hunter combine dark metal, death metal and progressive metal elements to create a melodic, atmospheric and heavy sound that is hard to forget. The Faceless Hunter kick their new record off with a track titled The Final Journey which opens with what seems to be a news report until it fades in to a serene sound that is provided by pianos and acoustic picking. From here on out through The Final Journey, The Faceless Hunter gifts you with heavy melodic riffing that is only to be coupled by atmospheric grandiose keyboards.
The Final Journey is a solid opening track as it sets the overall tone as well as what you can come to expect from the rest of the record. The seven tracks that come after The Final Journey follow in its footsteps as they provide you with a similar formula of tight, melodic riffing that is paired with solid drumming and ever enchanting keyboards that entertain and take your mind on a wild journey through the soundscapes that they provide. Each track on this release has their moments of onslaught as well as their moments of atmospheric enchantment providing you with a diverse, ever expanding listen that grabs your attention from the get go. The Faceless Hunter does a great job of balancing their death metal tendencies with their more progressive tendencies never permitting one genre over the other gifting you with an overall cohesive sound.
As this is The Faceless Hunter’s debut full length since forming in 2009, this is a very solid offering. Each track is just as memorable and mesmerizing as the others and even though this release is lengthy and each track sport relatively lengthy run times, The Shadows of The End never overstays its welcome. Each track keeps your attention and keeps you listening through and through. There isn’t a song on this offering that is lacking in any way as each one is solid and well strung together creating an overall great sounding album that is sure to get plenty of spins.
Overall, The Shadows of The End is a very solid debut outing from these Russian maniacs. This is a well put together and well executed offering that offers up plenty of diversity and plenty of twists and turns through each minute.
You can find this release on The Faceless Hunter’s Bandcamp