Since the late '90s, this German entity has been lurking in the darkest corners of the black metal underground and accrued a cult status to kill for. Helmed by mainman Avenger - whose resume includes a dozen other bands/projects, most notably Nocturnal but also including the likes of Szarlem, Angel of Damnation, Black Priest of Satan, The Fog, and Exorcism among many others - FRONT BEAST have stayed committed to a pure 'n' proud vision, honoring the ancient ways with a supremely prolific stream of demos and split releases. Ever restless, it's surprisingly been a quiet couple of years for FRONT BEAST since their last fuller-length recording, the album Third Scourge From Darkness. A split 7" with Mournful Winter came in 2018 courtesy of Avenger's long-running Deathstrike label, but otherwise, the faithful have had to wait for a longer FRONT BEAST recording. At last, it arrives with the simply titled Shadows, and no finer a distillation of the man's aesthetic you will find. Recorded nice 'n' raw like a classic rehearsal but no less rich 'n' robust, Shadows perfectly encapsulates the FRONT BEAST experience in a tidy 21 minutes: damp dungeon atmosphere, crude-yet-commanding execution, thirsty 'n' miserable vocals, an aura of hideousness and unhealth, and an unselfconscious obeisance of time-honored heavy metal values. More so, there's definitely an old-school sinister thrash aura in FRONT BEAST's musical approach that surprasses today's black metal aesthetics due to the influences of such bands as Celtic Frost, Iron Angel, and Destruction - along with, naturally, early Bathory. So, Shadows is a true metal attack from the past! Some 20 years later, FRONT BEAST is still proudly producing trend-free black metal of an ancient, mystical hue. Feel the flames of Hell - again, or for the very first time - and beware of Shadows!