Core Music Records
Release date
1 Feb 2010
Running length
14 tracks
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1 The Ground Book 1:19 1,607
2 Fall to Rise 6:11 7,458
3 Death Before Dishonour 7:10 6,262
4 The Water Book 2:26 5,984
5 The Endless Path 6:40 5,885
6 The Wind Book 2:26 5,637
7 Purity 5:06 5,659
8 Rage Stained Blade 4:37 5,704
9 The Fire Book 2:41 5,019
10 Kusanagi 8:00 5,234
11 Shin-ken (Part I) 5:34 776
12 Shin-ken (Part II) 5:17 727
13 The Void Book 0:25 130
14 Japanese Poem 3:13 4,471

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  • Sanity_Theorist

    Jesus, I downloaded FLAC files for this and it's basically unlistenable haha...they uploaded Core, maybe they'll release a remaster for this too, the parts I can actually make out are good.

    9 May 2:39am Reply
  • WoLf_digger

    This is a truly piece of good melodic death of nowadays, here we have a bunch of slow songs and also we have lots of fast and stunning ones. Usage of japaneese thematics and their national instruments is really freakin' awesome.

    26 Apr 8:14pm Reply
  • Sanity_Theorist

    @ Gloomypariah Interesting, I consider Core their most progressive. Maybe Shin Ken seems more progressive to you because of the ethnic instruments.

    4 Jan 2014 Reply
  • GloomyPariah

    At first i was disappointed by this album after the first 2 releases, but now re-listening to it after Spiritual Migrations has been released, it doesn't sound too bad. This is maybe too progressive for some (me) thats why it doesn't open up like the other releases, but there are definitely some good songs and moments here, not easy listening by any means for the most part. New album overshadows this one by quite a margin in my mind.

    18 Nov 2013 Reply
  • KuroAtom

    This album is amazing! Can't wait for the next one!.

    26 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Dyomaeth

    An outstanding work, hope their next album is at least 1/10th of what Shin-ken is.

    28 Feb 2012 Reply
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    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Blizzard_jedi

    A real piece of art! Miraculous album!

    28 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ajellendersen

    This is outstanding. HIGHLY recommended.

    27 Sep 2011 Reply
  • chipinazo

    One of the best Progressive Death Metal albums ever, for sure. [3]

    13 May 2011 Reply
  • Conceptvmr

    This album needs more love

    13 Apr 2011 Reply
  • arglactable

    Really excellent release. Not as good as Core though, IMO.

    3 Nov 2010 Reply
  • robboelrobbo

    Outstanding vocals. I wish more bands would do this sort of high pitched stuff. I love it.

    1 Nov 2010 Reply
  • heavymetaldante

    This album is just perfect in every way.

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • Dyomaeth

    One of the best prog death albums but is ,sadly, very underrated and unknown.

    16 Oct 2010 Reply
  • zhiletka

    awesome album!

    27 Sep 2010 Reply
  • sevenfourk

    you're damn right!

    26 Sep 2010 Reply
  • GoldMath

    One of the best Progressive Death Metal albums ever, for sure. [2]

    26 Jun 2010 Reply
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    3 Jun 2010 Reply
  • IsaSartor

    One of the best Progressive Death Metal albums ever, for sure.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
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