WATCH: Shadowpact – “Bats in the Belfry”

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Are you ready to get spooked the fuck out? Well I wasn’t, but here we are. In fact, here I am 23 minutes after I was supposed to leave work sitting at a computer and typing about Shadowpact, because they’ve got that kind of power over me. That’s right: I could go home and kick off my weekend, but this video is fire like that and you all need to see it. Why you might ask? Because this song is the best and it’s super catchy. And the video is a fun, lo-fi horror romp that sees our protagonists apparently making an actual shadow pact with a bunch of robbed figures looming in the background who ultimately murders everyone and throws them in the Ohio river. That’s heavy shit, and a serious commitment to your craft that you would get into the Ohio on purpose for art; respect them.

The video is super fun and, I believe, shot by Allen Poe. It recalls the best of 80’s horror, which our man Phil here is obsessed with. It reminds me of those sorts of slasher films that would make Tipper Gore cry back in the day, the kind that freaks out all the squares and makes old people afraid of devil worshippers running around and ruining it for everybody, whatever “it” is. It’s just great to see folks having fun and leaning into the season with their work, and we are proud to debut this video here at Never Nervous, even if it means leaving work now half an hour after closing time. Watch it below and spread it to the masses.

REVIEW: Shadowpact – “Stone the Crows”

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Shadowpact
Stone The Crows
Little Heart Records

When Shadowpact dropped The Narrative in 2014 I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand I really felt like they were on to something, while on the other I only really cared for about half of the album. They were super young dudes dropping their first album, so I was excited to see where it all led. A year later, Shadowpact is back with Stone the Crows and I can easily say that excitement has been fulfilled.

This album offers a supremely different contrast from The Narrative in that it sounds fuller and clearer as each song is distinctly its own. The mixing and mastering on this album is also improved and it sounds fucking great. You can hear every word and video game related sound with perfect clarity. It’s seriously impressive.

Those video game related tones and samples on this album perfectly reflect the lyrical content as well. The first track, “Game Over,” is an excellent example of this. When one uses a bit crushing tone and refers to himself as an “Orc Slasher” he is working with a clear theme. Gaming is a theme I can get behind, but it’s not the only on the album.

Each song both thematically and musically stands on its own. The only idea that seems to come up more than once is a carnival atmosphere. In “86’ed” Marvel literally says, “Welcome to our carnival.” In “Bearnos” they introduce each other in a carnival way while the beat is whimsical and happy which fits in with the carnival theme.

The standout track is definitely “Bats in the Belfry.” It’s upbeat, catchy, and it’s fucking fun. It’s the type of jam that gets you jumping up and down and everyone was doing just that at The Highlands Taproom for the Stone the Crows release party a week or so ago.

I’m really impressed with how far Shadowpact has come in just a year’s time. Stone the Crows sounds like a release from a group who’s been doing this for a decade. Once again, they have me excited for where they are going in the future, but this time I’m more excited about what they just put out.