New England’s Shadow of Intent employs a lethal blend of punitive melodic deathcore and depressive symphonic death metal that utilizes the dense mythologies inherent in the popular military science fiction video game franchise Halo for its lyrical themes. Taking its name from an assault ship in the series, the project began as an online enterprise between vocalist Ben Duerr and multi-instrumentalist Chris Wiseman. The duo issued an EP, Inferi Sententia, in 2014, with the full-length Primordial arriving two years later. In 2016, the group expanded into a four-piece and began performing live. That lineup, which consisted of Duerr, Wiseman, drummer Matt Kohanowski, and bass player Keith Kohlhepp, made its studio debut with 2017’s punishing Reclaimer. Shadow of Intent’s third full-length effort, Melancholy, arrived in 2019.
Venue: The Forge
Address: 22 W Cass Street