Shadow Gallery
Digital Ghosts
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: October 23rd 2009

'Digital Ghosts' is chapter one after the sad passing of vocalist Mike Baker last year, and I must admit that the move is a lot smoother than expected.

Shadow Gallery has been a stable and unique part of the progressive metal scene since the early 90's, delivering one outstanding album after another; never changing direction, sound or style. And they continue down the direction they stuck out so long ago, and new guy Brian Ashland fits right in like there hadn't been a necessary change.

This is unmistakably Shadow Gallery; the harmonies, song structures and sound has signature of Gary Wehrkamp, Carl Cadden-James and Brendt Allman and they stand out like they always have done. And even though the sound remains the same, they still sound fresh and are not repeating themselves at any point.

This is another fine example of just how unique Shadow Gallery is and always has been and this is exactly what we, the fans, have been waiting for since 'Room V' (2005). And they used adversity to something positive, and have come up with an album that might not quite surpass their best moments but comes damn close...

And do pick up the limited edition, which has two demo songs song by the late Mike Baker; a great way to pay tribute to him and to remind us of that he might be gone, but he will never be forgotten.


01. With Honor (9:59)

02. Venom (6:22)
03. Pain (6:22)
04. Gold Dust (6:45)
05. Strong (6:50)
06. Digital Ghost (9:37)
07. Haunted (9:37)
 Bonus tracks
08. Two Shadows (5:07)
09. Gold Dust (6:02)
10. In Your Window (2:52)
11. World of Fantasy (4:42)
Label: InsideOut Music
Distribution: EMI (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: November 24th 2009