It would be a lie to
call myself a fan of progressive music but when the melody lines stay
up-front and in-your-face I feel compelled to keep listening.
And that’s the exact
influence SHIVA has on me…
The style of this band
is a blend of Melo-Death guitar playing and symphonic/orchestral Prog.
Metal ending up sounding pretty good, contrary to my normal conception
of this kind of music!
musical universe created by Mats Edström is rather unique, including
many tempo changes and varying moods in each song, yet remaining true to
a Metal recipe. The inclusion
of keyboards and especially the female vocals of Anette Johansson seem
to enhance the listener-experience.
Fans of lighter
NIGHTWISH or perhaps EVANESCENCE would probably find this album to be
Anyway, being a non-fan
of the genre I’m actually pretty captured by this solidly produced and
predominantly succesful album!