Release date: 7 February 2014
Style: Extreme power metal

Rating:

8.1 | 95 votes

Owners:

66 have it
11 want it


01. Jikininki
02. Hold The Sword
03. Fallen Amaterasu
04. One Man's Burden
05. Kappa
06. Lady Of The Wind
07. Unrestrained
08. Upon My Honor
09. Ginga (Nagareboshi Gin) [Japanese bonus]
10. Let The Battles Begin! [Final Fantasy VII cover] [Japanese bonus]

Review


Line-up
Jouni Valjakka - guitars, vocals
Pyrypekka "Pepe" Ruponen - guitars, backing vocals
Jussi Kallava - drums, backing vocals
Mikko Antero Mattila - bass, backing vocals
Kai "Kaikko" Palo - bass, backing vocals

Session musicians
Perttu Vänskä - orchestrations, programming

Guest musicians
Eero Lehtimäki - saxophone
Alexa Leroux - female vocals
Tuomas Yli-Jaskari - clean vocals


Additional info
All songs and lyrics by Jouni Valjakka
Produced & recorded by Tuomas Yli-Jaskari
Arranger, additional song-writing by Pertuu Vänskä
Orchestra / native instrument programming by Pertu Vänskä

Recorded @ Redhous FMP studios
Mixed by Fredrik Nordström @ Studio Fredman
Mastered by Mika "kabukimetal" Jussila @ Finnvox studios

Guest review by
BloodJuNkie

Rating:
8.4
There's no doubt that there's a lack of creativity in metal music or music in general nowadays. But Whispered, coming from Finland, is one of the most creative and courageous bands of the metal scene. A Finnish band that introduces melodic death/power metal with Southeastern Asian influences needs to be courageous and adventurous.

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published 11.04.2014 | Comments (3)

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AngelofDeth - 27.09.2013 at 12:59  
Rating: 5 Hope the album turns out better than the first single... Love the first album though so i have some hope.
Uller - 28.09.2013 at 06:14  
  Can't fucking wait!
Karlabos - 30.12.2013 at 23:06  
Rating: 8 Best part about the new year's eve will be this (=
BloodJuNkie - 03.01.2014 at 14:45  
Rating: 8 Releaaaaaaaaaaase ittttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AngelofDeth - 07.02.2014 at 11:20  
Rating: 5 ..and the first disappointment of 2014.

"Hold the Sword" is the only track that is truly exceptional. "Lady of the Wind" and "Upon My Honor" are decent, the rest is garbage. They scratched the unique hi-energy melodies and epic atmosphere of the debut and replaced it with generic riffs and Dimmu-copy symphonics.
maglor - 07.02.2014 at 14:56  
Rating: 7 I like the misc of metal and asian sounds but they could have done better...
Zaphod - 07.02.2014 at 23:10  
Rating: 5 So they got the vocals (more or less) right this time, but now everything else is lacking...
Rulatore - 08.02.2014 at 14:47  
 
Written by AngelofDeth on 07.02.2014 at 11:20

Dimmu-copy symphonics.

Like their last album ? If so, I'll try one song or two.
sonatoarctico - 08.02.2014 at 23:20  
Rating: 9 Greaaaaaaaaaat
AngelofDeth - 09.02.2014 at 04:49  
Rating: 5
Written by Rulatore on 08.02.2014 at 14:47

Like their last album ? If so, I'll try one song or two.

It's quite a bit different than their last album.
LascaillesShroud - 09.02.2014 at 04:53  
Rating: 8 Maybe because I entered this album without the context of their debut, but I am enjoying Shogunate Macabre a good bit. The traditional Japanese instruments harken back to Chthonic for me, although this isn't as good as that for me, I still think it's a pretty damn cool album.
BloodJuNkie - 11.02.2014 at 14:41  
Rating: 8
Written by Rulatore on 08.02.2014 at 14:47

Written by AngelofDeth on 07.02.2014 at 11:20

Dimmu-copy symphonics.

Like their last album ? If so, I'll try one song or two.


The 1st album is WAY better..
BloodJuNkie - 11.02.2014 at 14:45  
Rating: 8
Written by AngelofDeth on 07.02.2014 at 11:20

..and the first disappointment of 2014.

"Hold the Sword" is the only track that is truly exceptional. "Lady of the Wind" and "Upon My Honor" are decent, the rest is garbage. They scratched the unique hi-energy melodies and epic atmosphere of the debut and replaced it with generic riffs and Dimmu-copy symphonics.


I'm disappointed too, Thousand Swords was way better. This album lacked the awesome solos (except for Unrestrained) and the spectacular key-boards like the 1st album. The vocals got better and they added some symphonic influences but generally IMO the album got weaker.

My favorite tracks are Jikininki, Lady of The Wind, Unrestrained & Upon - My - Honor. IMO those are the only good songs.
MothaFuckenChris - 12.02.2014 at 03:06  
Rating: 9 I loved it.
Zadion - 15.02.2014 at 03:10  
Rating: 8 Yeah, I loved it too. Thousand Swords was indeed better, but this is great.
Eccer - 17.02.2014 at 01:56  
  I think the new Whispered album sounds effin great, to be honest. If but anything that comes to mind...anime music. Yes, that's where this music takes me, into every fucking anime I've watched. Culminating every image of those beautiful distant lands, in to seemingly blistering melodies...progressive undertones... and the furiosity of melodic death metal. I think this is an overall better album, a different focus indeed, but a really good one!

Let the inspiration never falter Whispered!
JÄY - 17.02.2014 at 07:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Eccer on 17.02.2014 at 01:56

I think the new Whispered album sounds effin great, to be honest. If but anything that comes to mind...anime music. Yes, that's where this music takes me, into every fucking anime I've watched, Culminating every image of those beautiful distant lands, in to seemingly blistering melodies...progressive undertones... and the furiosity of melodic death metal. I think this is an overall better album, a different focus indeed, but a really good one!

Let the inspiration never falter Whispered!

was beautiful
crucifiedjesus - 18.02.2014 at 22:18  
Rating: 7 First time hearing them. not bad! somewhat Ensiferum like at times especially the vocals i at first thought it was Petri
Wes - 03.03.2014 at 13:21  
Rating: 10 Love it, I prefer this over any of the post-Jari Ensiferum, and believe me I am quite a fan of From Afar.

Best songs for me: Hold the Sword, Lady of the Wind
b0sse - 25.04.2014 at 17:16  
 
Written by AngelofDeth on 07.02.2014 at 11:20

..and the first disappointment of 2014.

"Hold the Sword" is the only track that is truly exceptional. "Lady of the Wind" and "Upon My Honor" are decent, the rest is garbage. They scratched the unique hi-energy melodies and epic atmosphere of the debut and replaced it with generic riffs and Dimmu-copy symphonics.


I agree. I'm not particularly happy that they replaced their unique stuff with generic Dimmu-symphonics.
They went some original, to completely generic.

Their first album was absolutely brilliant. Not a single bad track on that entire CD.
The title track Thousand Swords was especially amazing.

This new CD is definitely not bad, but it's most certainly a step in the wrong direction imo.
It misses the infectious melodies from the first album.
JacksonYeh - 25.06.2014 at 15:35  
  I got goosebumps every time listen to Upon my honor.Eargasm!
FinnRommi - 28.08.2014 at 14:55  
Rating: 10 In my opinion Shogunate Macabre is the album of the year

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