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Classic Album Review: Shogun | Iconoclast

The Boulder death-core geniuses recall a more restrained Dillinger Escape Plan.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


With most bands, a lyric sheet is a nice little treat. In the case of Boulder, Colo., death-core geniuses Shogun, it’s an absolute necessity.

Without that, you’d never know that flamethrower-voiced singer is really saying, “The worm in my heart grows hungrier every day,” since it sounds like he’s just screaming, “Bllllrrrrgggghhhhdddaaaaarrrgggghhhh!” while plucking out his eyelashes one by one with iodine-soaked tweezers. Fittingly, the band’s insanely intricate guitar riffs and fever-pitched bludgeoning — kind of like a slightly more restrained Dillinger Escape Plan — make the perfect soundtrack for such self-mutilation. Or for peeling the paint off your annoying neighbour’s walls. Just make sure you loan him the lyric sheet first.