Burning Shadows play US power metal with touches of Euro
power metal and traditional metal.
Formed in 2000 in Rockville, Maryland, the band has
endured numerous lineup changes in its existence. They've had bad luck with
drummers, and now find themselves in search for yet another skinsman, their
Burning Shadows debut full-length "Into the Primordial"
was originally recorded in 2006, but due to studio problems, the band suffered
through a year-long hiatus from finishing it, and it finally saw the light of
day in 2008. Musically, Burning Shadows are heavily influenced by Iced Earth,
Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, and they play their instruments extremely well.
However, vocally, Burning Shadows' style is left to be said. Most of the time
the vocals are off-key, throwing off the rhythm of the music. Other times they
are mixed with a raspier evil sounding voice, which sounds cool.
"Into the Primordial" abuses the word "epic." All of the
10 tracks run anywhere from 5 to almost 9 minutes, except for the instrumental "Evenfall,"
which is 2:40. This being said, some of the songs overstay their welcome. The
riffs and time changes are good, but somewhat basic and not memorable enough.
There's some excellent guitar leads and tasteful drum fills. Lyrically, the
storytelling is typical power metal fare, but interesting enough, mostly songs
about fantasy, warriors and warfare. Track 8, "Sarnath," gets a definitive
"horns up"for it's awesomeness at the 5:42 mark.
I really want to like this CD, but certain sections of
songs where the vocals are off-key or out of range just ruins it for me. Sorry,
but that is what drags this band and CD down.
Fans of traditional/power metal will possibly dig this,
but just don't expect it to stay in your CD player for too long. It's a decent
effort for a debut, but Burning Shadows need to condense their songs, get a
different singer, and concentrate on their songwriting.