Ov Shadows – I Djävulens Avbild

If you’re not familiar with Ov Shadows, you are not alone. Until I received their promo, I had never heard of them. But as I familiarized myself with their discography (their 2016 EP Monologues and their 2018 LP The Darkness Between Stars), I had to keep asking myself how come such a great black metal band had gone unnoticed.

From the very start, I Djävulens Avbild (“In the Devil’s Image”) grabs you hard, and doesn’t let go until the end of its rather short 42 minute-run. It is a constant sensory onslaught, with fast drumming and galloping riffs present at almost all times. While this means that the entire album packs a lot of energy, it did make some of the songs sound rather similar to each other.

Where the album really excels (and this is why I have kept coming back to it) is in creating a a dreadful atmosphere. RA (bassist and singer) delivers his growls and shrieks with the kind of skill that you’d expect from the likes of Gaahl or Erik Danielsson. Combined with the dissonant melodies and the furious drumming, it’s really the stuff of nightmares.

It’s not that Ov Shadows are treading any new ground here (they’re very clearly influenced by the likes of Dark Funeral). But what they do, they do extremely well. And considering that this is only their second album, the sky is really the limit as to what they can do.

Ov Shadows – I Djävulens Avbild
Though they're not treading any new ground, Ov Shadows deliver a powerful and horrendous kind of black metal.
Reader Rating2 Votes

Dreadful atmosphere
Great growling
Some songs were hard to differentiate
The vocals could have been pushed a bit higher in the mix


J Salmeron
J Salmeron
Considered by his mother as the brightest and prettiest boy, J's interest in metal started in his early teens, listening to bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica (coupled with an embarrassing period in which Marilyn Manson "totally represents me, man") eventually moving into the realm of power, black, and death metal. He is a practicing attorney, and a lecturer on commercial law. He is also a terrible guitar player and martial artist, and someone who enjoys coming up with excuses as to why he has to miss work after going to a concert. He also dabbles as a concert photographer, you can see his sub-par work on his instagram.

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