Shadow Of Life

Umbra Vitae - Shadow Of Life
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #225 / 387
User Score
Based on 100 ratings
2020 Ratings: #448
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May 1, 2020 / Release Date
LP / Format
Deathwish Inc. / Label
Death Metal / Genres
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Metal Injection

Umbra Vitae certainly packs as much intensity as possible into under 30 minutes, but Shadow of Life looks beyond blunt force trauma.

Northern Transmissions

Umbra Vitae’s album closes on a harrowing reminder that “shadows will one day come for you”, but pouring this much heart into project after project should have Bannon glowing until the great inevitable.


It's hard to temper expectations when listening to a supergroup, especially one with such a strong lineup, but Umbra Vitae definitely deliver a damn good death metal record.

The Needle Drop

As a Converge-affiliated deathcore supergroup, Umbra Vitae is maybe more exciting on paper than in execution.

At 26 minutes long Shadow of Life makes itself a Blitzkrieg, rending all sense of calm or quiet or harmony useless in the face of pulsating blasts, discordant guitars and ghoulish vocals

As with any good Death Metal/Metalcore album, Shadow of Life relishes in its relentlessness, while the intro track Decadence Dissolves is just 42 seconds long, it uses that time to set up an unearthly atmosphere, ready to be crushed underfoot of song #2, Ethereal Emptiness.
From track to track we experience ... read more
The punch in the gut that every month needs. You've got Bannon on vocals and Ballou assisting in production, both famed members of metalcore powerhouse Converge, and that alone should be enough to leave you hungry for what is in store.

Believe it or not, this may be one of the most hardcore and pulsating records Bannon has ever fronted, and for anyone familiar with Converge's discography that's saying a lot. The group feel constantly restless, churning out chugging guitars and visceral shouts ... read more
Given the length of this album, I wasn't expecting for it to filled with much content, but I was delightfully mistaken. As soon the listener delves in to this project, they're immediately hit with an unrelenting series of pure animosity in musical form.

I love how tight and consistent each song is. Heavy drums, nasty riffs and equally disgustingly raw vocals fill every track setting truly Metal Metal atmosphere. I do wish, however that the majority of tracks were just a bit longer. Having 7/10 ... read more
Dank, dark and filthy. Wouldn't expect anything less from these guys.
This was an album that I was gonna skip, until I found out that Umbra Vitae was the new supergroup of Jacob Bannon from Converge. Based on Bannon's presence, along with the other group members, Shadow Of Life was predictably a metalcore album. While there are a few new sounds explored here, like some deathcore influences but it doesn't feel all that different from a Converge album, without the mathcore elements. The record always throws tons of buzzsaw guitars, with very chunky riffs at you, ... read more
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Track List

  1. Decadence Dissolves
  2. Ethereal Emptiness
  3. Atheist Aesthetic
  4. Mantra of Madness
  5. Fear is a Fossil
  6. Polluted Paradise
  7. Intimate Inferno
  8. Return to Zero
  9. Blood Blossom
  10. Shadow of Life
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Added on: March 31, 2020