SHADOHM: Decibel Magazine Streams Through Darkness Towards Enlightenment Debut From Present/Ex-Vader, Batushka, Decapitated, Antigama Members; Album Out Friday On Selfmadegod Records

photos by Aleksandra Majak

“…gives off ‘if Tool played groove metal’ vibes.” – Decibel Magazine

Decibel Magazine is currently hosting an exclusive stream of Through Darkness Towards Enlightenment, the debut album from Polish metal collective SHADOHM – uniting current and former members of Vader, Decapitated, Hate, Antigama, Batushka, and more – ahead of the record’s release this Friday through Selfmadegod Records.

SHADOHM unites several Polish metal scene veterans, founding drummer Paweł Jaroszewicz, vocalist Adrian Meissner, guitarist/vocalist Rafał Łyszczarz, guitarist Jakub Śliwowski, and bassist Błażej Kasprzak. Collectively they deliver the pure, unadulterated darkness of black metal, energy of groove metal, and heavy melodies of doom metal through absurdly low-tuned notes. Their debut, Through Darkness Towards Enlightenment, is a modern combination of styles, citing acts like Architects, Lorna Shore, Meshuggah, Gojira, and Katatonia, shocking to the listener from start to finish with five tracks of melodic trance with amazing vocals that will take you to another dimension of modern metal, created by a conglomerate of experienced professionals.

The drums were recorded at Santa Studio (Behemoth, Obscure Sphinx) by Mikołaj Kiciak, Filip Hałucha, and Sebastian Has, the guitars and bass were recorded at Heinrich House Studio by Filip Hałucha, the vocals were recorded at Santa Studio by Sebastian Has, and the tracks were mixed and mastered by Has at Santa Studio. The cover art was created by vocalist Adrian Meissner and Michal “Xaay” Loranc (God Dethroned, Kamelot, Nile), and the photography was handled by Aleksandra “Kosa” Majak.

Jaroszewicz comments on the album, “When I first attempted composing anything I didn’t really have a clear picture of what it would become, and if anything at all. To see where we are now – just a few days before the premiere and with a solid lineup makes me proud but also focused even more than before to push it forward. This album is a completely new path for me and I’m really curious where this will lead. I hope you’ll enjoy this piece of music as much as we did creating it.”

“…SHADOHM gravitate toward a groovier—almost djent—sound,” Decibel writes with the advance album stream, continuing, “The album is mostly focused on grooves and chugs, with Meshuggah as an obvious major influence… SHADOHM are at their best on closing track ‘Towards Enlightenment,’ which gives off ‘if Tool played groove metal’ vibes.”

Experience SHADOHM’s intense Through Darkness Towards Enlightenment in its entirety early only at Decibel Magazine RIGHT HERE.

Through Darkness Towards Enlightenment will be released on CD and all digital platforms through Selfmadegod Records this Friday, March 8th. Find preorders at the label webshop HERE and Bandcamp HERE, and watch the “Blurred” video HERE.

The release of Through Darkness Towards Enlightenment will take place in direct conjunction with the launch of SHADOHM’s first live venture, a tour across their native Poland supporting Batushka, with additional support from Baalzagoth on select dates. See the confirmed routing below and find more info and tickets HERE.

SHADOHM Czarna Pascha 2024 w/ Batushka:
3/08/2024 CK Wiatrak – Zabrze, PL
3/09/2024 Strefa Chaosu – Gostynin, PL
3/10/2024 Drizzly Grizzly – Gdańsk, PL
3/15/2024 Zaklęte Rewiry – Wrocław, PL
3/16/2024 D. K. Słowianin – Szczecin, PL
3/17/2024 Klub u Bazyla – Poznań, PL
3/22/2024 Semafor – Skarżysko-Kamienna, PL
3/23/2024 Rock Klub Iron – Krosno, PL
3/24/2024 Rudeboy Club – Bielsko-Biała, PL