SHADOWKEEP – Shadowkeep

SHADOWKEEP – Shadowkeep
Label(s):
Pure Steel Records
Released Year:
2018
Type:
Full-length
Tracklist:
1. Atlantis2. Guardian of the Sea3. Flight Across the Sand4. Horse of War5. Little Lion6. Angels and Omens7. Isolation8. Never Forgotten9. The Sword of Damocles10. Immortal Drifter11. Minotaur

Back in the early 00’s should anyone ask which was the hottest newcomer (and perhaps sole member) in the British power metal scene the answer was simple: SHADOWKEEP. The band took off back then with an awesome EP followed by the full length album “Corruption Within”. Since then being a part of the metal scene was not always an easy task for SK. The band has suffered a great deal of misfortunes including constant line-up changes and some serious health issues.

However the remarkable obstinacy of the founding members Chris Allen and Nikki Robson has proven to be enough to keep them on the road on and since the band managed to survive the second departure of their original vocalist Rogue Marechal in 2015, i don’t believe that there is anything out there to stop them.

So here it is, the band’s fourth album, simply called “Shadowkeep”. For the vocal part the band has enlisted the one only James Rivera, a firm choice since both Robson and Allen have stated that they are longtime HELSTAR fans and admittedly he fits perfect. SHADOWKEEP have always been a band that it’s mainly inspired by the U.S. power/prog scene: QUEENSRYCHE, early FATES WARNING, HELSTART, VICIOUS RUMORS have been principal influences in the development of their songs. Therefore “Shadowkeep” couldn’t not differ much from their previous album “The Hourglass Effect”. Straight as Robin’s arrows American power metal with heavy, edgy riffs, soaring solos and a couple of melodic lines. Almost all songs rely on heavy, technical, steady, precise, riffing combined with solid rhythm section while Rivera delivers his best performance since the DESTINY’S END albums. Aggressive but not to a non classic metal level and sentimental when it is necessary (“Little Lion”, “Never forgotten”). While the album lacks of memorable choruses it exceeds in guitar work something that its more than obvious in songs like “Horse of War” or “Isolation”. Not an easy listening to some audiences, who might prefer something more catchy but surely a must for U.S. metal fans alongside with the NECRYTIS album.

To sum up, I listen to the album quite often. It is not tedious, instead it is challenging, enjoyable, heavy and vigorous, something not easy to be found nowadays….

Previous article KING GOAT – Debt of Aeons
Next article LUCIFER'S HAMMER – Time Is Death
While he struggles between trash and elaborate culture, Zippo, finds himself dwelling into the deepest and most notorious Heavy Metal paths. Or at least that is what he thinks…

Follow Us

1,289FansLike
21FollowersFollow

Interview with CRYSTAL EYES

You cannot go wrong with Sweden's CRYSTAL EYES. If the combination of Classic Heavy Metal with European Power Metal -and especially its Teutonic version- was and still is your cup of tea, then this band is the absolute must. They are moving closely to the 30th year of their existence and they have released their 8th "Starbourne Traveler" full length. We had a very interesting conversation with the band's main man Mikael Dahl, he was pretty kind and he had a nice story to share about pretty much everything: The 90s demo era, the first record deal, the live shows and the line up changes, not to mention his album by album comments. Grab a cold beer -or whatever you prefer to drink- and enjoy the interview!

HEAR ‘N NOW: Covid-19 artist initiative, team up with Heaven And...

 The international, multi-artist collaboration, Hear 'n Now, benefiting those affected by the current COVID-19 pandemic is joining forces with Heaven & Hell Records.Project organizer...