Persefone - Shin-Ken


8.4 | 176 votes |
Release date: 22 July 2009
Style: Melodic death metal, Progressive metal

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151 have it
18 want it


01. The Ground Book
02. Fall To Rise
03. Death Before Dishonour
04. The Water Book
05. The Endless Path
06. The Wind Book
07. Purity
08. Rage Stained Blade
09. The Fire Book
10. Kusanagi
11. Shin-Ken (Part I)
12. Shin-Ken (Part II)
13. The Void Book
14. Japanese Poem
15. Sword Of The Warrior [Cacophony cover] [bonus]

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Comments: 17   Visited by: 460 users
01.02.2010 - 09:06
Rating: 7
Daggon
Underpaid M.D.
Maybe if this album was shorter it could have been an awesome release, it has all the material that brought attention to the band. They wasted the oportunity to use those nice oriental elements that you can hear in some songs (for example in "Fall To Rise"), the idea was great but they didn't used them at their max point. On the other side, I liked the lyrics a lot.

BTW the Cacophony cover is a FUCKING KILLER!!! My favorite song from the album.
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"Les vers savent qu'ils n'ont pas d'ailes, c'est pour cela qu'ils se cachent sous terre"
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14.05.2010 - 19:35
Daydream Nation
Account deleted
Blistering album. Best of 2010 for me, beside Gorod's Process of a New Decline.
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15.05.2010 - 04:17
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Totally horrible live band.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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19.05.2010 - 22:41
Rating: 7
MétalNoir
Fils du Lys
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.05.2010 at 04:17

Totally horrible live band.

lol I guess so, since the clean lyrics are blah even on the album.
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Notre destinée n'est pas encore tracée....
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24.05.2010 - 22:16
Rating: 8
qlacs
"The Quaker"
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.05.2010 at 04:17

Totally horrible live band.


you don't know what you're talking about. I've seen them yesterday at Metalfest Open Air in Hungary and they played the best show on the whole festival, even though I had my problems with the clean vocals too.
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25.05.2010 - 17:31
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by qlacs on 24.05.2010 at 22:16

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.05.2010 at 04:17

Totally horrible live band.


you don't know what you're talking about. I've seen them yesterday at Metalfest Open Air in Hungary and they played the best show on the whole festival, even though I had my problems with the clean vocals too.


I saw them live and they were really bad. No flow going. All over the place. Couldn't make their minds up as what sort of music they wanted to play, it seems.
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Member of the true crusade against European Flower Metal

Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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05.11.2010 - 22:05
Rating: 9
Eruntano
Quite overcomplicated album. Persefone doesn't make it easy for listener and it's not very good. They shoud be more humble in songwriting next time. But even thought after some time I was smashed by the power of their vision, transformed in genuine, multilayered music entwined by rich palette of emotions.
Well, good old Persefone hasn's disappear.
And drummer is still flawless, too:gunner:
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14.12.2010 - 22:27
Windrider
Raureif
Lol this title is quite similiar to the german word "Schinken" which means ham...
I laughed my ass off first time reading this hahahahaha
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29.01.2011 - 01:54
Daydream Nation
Account deleted
In retrospect, I like this better than Core. *Gasp*
Better riffs, more interesting ideas and the lyrics kick serious ass. Plus, it certainly sounds more technical and there are enough nuances to last for hundreds and hundreds of listens. They use power metal influences sparingly and have a very groovy drive on this album, with satisfying progressive metal riffs. Rage Stained Blade's early riffs are just mind-blowing. Try NOT headbanging to that song. And Purity...how PERFECT is that song? Who would have predicted this kind of album after Core?
I sure hope I find someone in my lifetime that agrees with me on how monumental this album was. The style of the band inspired many imitations (including Whispered) and I think this will remain my top metal album of 2009. Absolutely stellar.
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02.12.2013 - 18:44
Rating: 10
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
This album is awesome. I like all the tracks except "Purity" with the clean vocals. The piano parts are fantastic too.
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03.12.2013 - 05:52
Rating: 9
Diverge
Written by BloodJuNkie on 02.12.2013 at 18:44

This album is awesome. I like all the tracks except "Purity" with the clean vocals. The piano parts are fantastic too.

Purity is pretty stellar, and is juxtaposed very nicely with the instrumental interlude and Rage Stained Blade.
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03.12.2013 - 12:57
Rating: 10
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
Written by Diverge on 03.12.2013 at 05:52

Written by BloodJuNkie on 02.12.2013 at 18:44

This album is awesome. I like all the tracks except "Purity" with the clean vocals. The piano parts are fantastic too.

Purity is pretty stellar, and is juxtaposed very nicely with the instrumental interlude and Rage Stained Blade.


I think it's an average song compared to the rest of songs, maybe i need to give it more listens!
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21.01.2014 - 14:50
Rating: 9
musclassia
Written by BloodJuNkie on 03.12.2013 at 12:57

Written by Diverge on 03.12.2013 at 05:52

Written by BloodJuNkie on 02.12.2013 at 18:44

This album is awesome. I like all the tracks except "Purity" with the clean vocals. The piano parts are fantastic too.

Purity is pretty stellar, and is juxtaposed very nicely with the instrumental interlude and Rage Stained Blade.


I think it's an average song compared to the rest of songs, maybe i need to give it more listens!


I love Purity, it's a great change from the rest of the album, although his cleans sound a bit weaker here than usual (I really enjoy them); maybe the extra prominence shows up his limitations. But favourite for the album would probably be Fall To Rise, cannot get enough of it; Kusanagi and the Shin Kens are pretty awesome too.
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21.01.2014 - 15:29
Rating: 10
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
Written by musclassia on 21.01.2014 at 14:50

I love Purity, it's a great change from the rest of the album, although his cleans sound a bit weaker here than usual (I really enjoy them); maybe the extra prominence shows up his limitations. But favourite for the album would probably be Fall To Rise, cannot get enough of it; Kusanagi and the Shin Kens are pretty awesome too.


Well, the song isn't bad but IMHO the clean vocals ruined it. Generally i love that album and the songs you mentioned are spectacular. The clean vocals in Shin Ken II are awesome btw!
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21.01.2014 - 16:01
Rating: 9
musclassia
Written by BloodJuNkie on 21.01.2014 at 15:29

Written by musclassia on 21.01.2014 at 14:50

I love Purity, it's a great change from the rest of the album, although his cleans sound a bit weaker here than usual (I really enjoy them); maybe the extra prominence shows up his limitations. But favourite for the album would probably be Fall To Rise, cannot get enough of it; Kusanagi and the Shin Kens are pretty awesome too.


Well, the song isn't bad but IMHO the clean vocals ruined it. Generally i love that album and the songs you mentioned are spectacular. The clean vocals in Shin Ken II are awesome btw!


I can understand that; to be honest, whilst I still love the song, it has fallen down slightly in my estimations from each time I've heard it and noticed the moments where the vocals are found to be a bit lacking. And I find it strange considering how, on this album and Spiritual Migration, I don't have any reservations about the cleans and get excited every time they pop up.
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21.01.2014 - 16:29
Rating: 10
BloodJuNkie
The Warchief
Written by musclassia on 21.01.2014 at 16:01

I can understand that; to be honest, whilst I still love the song, it has fallen down slightly in my estimations from each time I've heard it and noticed the moments where the vocals are found to be a bit lacking. And I find it strange considering how, on this album and Spiritual Migration, I don't have any reservations about the cleans and get excited every time they pop up.


Yeah they did a better job in all other clean vocals! And I didn't like the song from the beginning but i gave this album a 10 because it deserves approval. Honestly a 9 would be more reasonable!
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21.01.2014 - 16:35
Rating: 9
musclassia
Written by BloodJuNkie on 21.01.2014 at 16:29

Written by musclassia on 21.01.2014 at 16:01

I can understand that; to be honest, whilst I still love the song, it has fallen down slightly in my estimations from each time I've heard it and noticed the moments where the vocals are found to be a bit lacking. And I find it strange considering how, on this album and Spiritual Migration, I don't have any reservations about the cleans and get excited every time they pop up.


Yeah they did a better job in all other clean vocals! And I didn't like the song from the beginning but i gave this album a 10 because it deserves approval. Honestly a 9 would be more reasonable!

I actually think I initially gave the album a 10 just because I was so overwhelmed by it (and wasn't expecting it, cos I listened to Core just before and found it very good, but not in the same league), but then changed to 9 after repeated listens showed up slight flaws (plus Spiritual Migration came along and matched it, so felt I had to even out my scores).
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