Erstwhile Befell


01. Benign | 02. Interdisciplinary Sectarianism | 03. The Aboriginal Storyteller | 04. Aspalathus (Prelude) | 05. 21 | 06. The Deontology Of An Android | 07. A Grand Parable | 08. From Conversion To Fixation

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Greek progressive death metal group Shadow In The Darkness are set to release their album Erstwhile Befell worldwide via Sliptrick Records on May 19th. Two well received singles (The Aboriginal Storyteller and Interdisciplinary Sectarianism) have already set the technical tone and style of Erstwhile Befell, which over it’s 8 tremendous tracks, never wavers in it’s confidence or dips in it’s quality and imagination.

Track by track by Shadow In The Darkness:
Benign – Procedamus: A straight-up quick strike that comes with a prelude preface summarizing the whole project’s state.

Interdisciplinary Sectarianism – A virtuoso composition that set to be the ultimate tribute to the showcase deities. It involves multi-layered rhythm build-ups along with dissonant guitar & synth melodies that stand out garnished all over with a cut-through vocal performance. The underlying western philosophy premises of the lyrical context make a song that verbatim et literatim speaks for itself!

The Aboriginal Storyteller – Beware the ides of March: a song that puts up with a short lyrical story-line of fatally predetermined self-wreckage. Musically, a much-pretending-to-sound-mid-tempo piece unfolds with ease only to ascertain cutting edge melodies, stomping rhythmical parts and a thorough display of all-around vocal performance.

Aspalathus (Prelude) & Twenty-One – Through an acoustic rest following the overwhelming first song triad, one can only expect a relapse to the heavy vibes: thus it occurs! Twenty-One comprises the most melodic fugue of the album coping with unexpected tempo shifts and guitar melodies which immediately give way to straighter and single-themed tunes in a “back & forth” sensation.

The Deontology Of An Android – One that seeks the more exocosmic-themed “literature” of the genre has met one’s conditions for the prerequisites of an album of the sort. “The Deontology Of An Android” is an independent narrative of a futuristic projection to the enhanced human conscience problems. The music being involved implies dark and gloomy, albeit evocative vibes of relentless space trekking.

A Grand Parable – Over a biblical passage to the closing section of the album the final story is set: the problem of oppressive self-serving powers that be in contrast to the qualified authority of reasoned principles.

From Conversion To Fixation – The closing statement of the album starts with an imposing piano theme that gets down to aggressive parts of drum dexterity with toppings of melodic majesty. Intensive vocal parts add up to a strong chorus-like section amidst the memorable surrounding guitar melody.

Erstwhile Befell | Released May 19th, 2020 on Sliptrick Records

Track Listing:
01. Benign | 02. Interdisciplinary Sectarianism | 03. The Aboriginal Storyteller | 04. Aspalathus (Prelude) | 05. 21 | 06. The Deontology Of An Android | 07. A Grand Parable | 08. From Conversion To Fixation

Shadow In The Darkness are:
Kostas Xynos – Vocals | Tasos Derisiotis – Guitars | Panayotis Derisiotis – Drums

Band links: Facebook | Youtube | Instagram | On Sliptrick








    The songs are overflowing with ideas, and it takes a fan of progressive technical metal to appreciate all of this. But those that are the target audience should consider themselves hooked …read more


    Έχοντας το κατάλληλο βιρτουοζιτέ σε κιθάρα και τύμπανα, οι Δερισιώτες, Τάσος και Παναγιώτης αντίστοιχα, πείθουν κάθε απαιτητικό ακροατή πως δεν είναι μια αντιγραφή των παλαιών μεγαθηρίων του είδους και με την καλή, για το death metal, φωνή του Κώστα Ξυνού, αποτελούν μια ακόμη δυναμική μουσική εξαγωγή μιας χώρας, την οποία η Πολιτεία προσπαθεί απεγνωσμένα να φτωχύνει πολιτιστικά. Αξίζουν την προσοχής σας για να γίνουν ακόμη καλύτεροι στο μέλλον! Έχουν το know how, φαίνεται πως έχουν και φιλοσοφική προέκταση και έτσι, ο χρόνος ΣΙΓΟΥΡΑ θα τους ανταμείψει με ακροατές …read more


    Seemingly a long time coming, Shadow in the Darkness have emphatically announced their (overdue) arrival with this kick-ass collection of tunes. Great stuff …read more


    Quello dei Theosophy è un gradito ritorno: ormai si tratta di una realtà bella e consolidata, che oggi ha una nuova ghiotta occasione per conquistare fan nel resto d’Europa …read more


    The album is full of beautiful short guitar solos, not as long as in the classic heavy metal, but for death metal it’s quite noticeable. And acoustic passages sound almost romantic. Dissonant broken guitar riffs and chords (like in “Interdisciplinary Sectarianism”) purposefully enhance the heaviness, on the other hand, the accented melodiousness has an opposite effect (like in the song “21”). The symphonic parts and cosmic atmosphere truly make this record artistic and striking (and sometimes is similar to the unique vision of technical death pioneers Cynic) …read more

  6. monarchmagazine

    ​Shadow In The Darkness comes from Greece. They will try to break down your music tastes or comfort zones, and if you will survive first 5 minutes of the album, take it easy, if you are seeking for something that sounds “unusual”, this album will be worth it …read more

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