Shadowflag create soundscapes that primarily draw influence from black metal while allowing hints of thrash, doom and blackened metal to creep into their music. Incorporating poetry and spoken word, they mould their creations into more than simply music. The riffs are wound around tales and ideas as the words scream and growl like guitars. For it is words that we all have at the beginning and we will all have at the end....it is words that will stand forever. In 2013, they released their self-titled debut - featuring a 5000 word poem that is the tale of the Voyager and his quest for salvation. Following a favourable reception, they embarked on a UK tour and gained a loyal fanbase along the way. The intriguing effect of combining poetry with the darkness of the songs within was something that had not been tried before. And it worked.
One of their long-term goals is to play their debut album in entirety in the Tate Modern 'Turbine Hall' In London, UK. And any other interesting spaces dotted accross the globe.
In 2015, they released their second album entitled 'The White Grave'. Inspired by the folklore and imagination-stories of the world's abandoned street children, this album offers heaviness in abundance yet still combines it with the hanging intensity of the spoken word. It is the birth place of some of the most well-known tracks by the band including the anthemic 'And Hell Walked Laughing'.
'The Delusion Machine' was released in June 2017. Their third full length album saw the band explore the terrifying concept that the human species is essentially without purpose. The album is highly contemporary and of the greatest relevance in a world where emptiness at the centre of existence is becoming increasingly apparent. 'The Delusion Machine' is a journey through stark, darkly intelligent soundscapes filled with futility and despair yet also holding some hope and promise. It immediately received great reviews including being described by Dom Lawson (Metal Hammer, The Guardian) as 'killer (and mad)'.
Shadowflag are JJ Flames (Bass, Vocals), Carps Carpenter (Guitars), Jake Doherty (Guitars) and Gray Preston (Vocals, Noises).
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