The Shadow Principle is a quartet hailing from LA and delivering very dynamic and loud sound. They have just released their new album Oblivion, after years of working hard on it. This is a very vivacious album with many joyful elements in it. It is one of those “morning coffee” albums. It knows the ways of how to discharge you and bring you real joy with its energetic tunes.
Oblivion includes ten songs. All the way from the opening “Minutiae” down to the closing “The Passenger,” Oblivion never stops being heady. Every song on the album is constructed in the same way. Placing this record under a genre is a double-edged sword, but the music is most of time alternative / punk rock with progressive and classic rock influences. And since we are talking about influences, the music of The Shadow Principle recalls likes such A Perfect Circle, Soundgarden, Tool. But there is more than that. The band transcends into the territory of the ‘70s vintage rock. So it can be said “Oblivion is a great harvest of modern and classic.
Overall, The Shadow Principle’s Oblivion is a very effective, powerful and tasty album comprised of great vocals arrangements, intricate guitar work and strong structure. It goes to the category of “must listen to” albums released in 2016.
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