Power of Metal.dk Review

Crimson Shadows
Kings Among Men
Style: Melodic technical death/power metal
Release date: 1 September, 2014
Playing time: 49:00

Hailing from Toronto these warriors strike their second album onto the metal world. If you are into slow, sludgy and doomy stuff, you can stop reading immediately. If you like tempi in the vein of Dragonforce you should carry on reading. The band combines the power metal and the fast guitar soli of Dragonforce with death metal elements. The harsh vocals added are the main source for these death metal influences.

Like many other bands they combine clean singing with harsh vocals and this on a kind of 50/50 base. I have to say that the clean singing isn't special on the other hand is the aggressive harsh singing o.k. After the first 2 tracks I was rather enthusiastic, but after the entire 49 minutes I wasn't that overwhelmed anymore. The main reason for that is because all the songs have the same high tempo and the songs are all a bit the same. No variation. It is the same feeling I get from a Dragonforce album, it becomes too much after a while.

The second reason for me is the clean singing. The voice isn't just interesting enough and after a while it bores me. These two negative points don't make it a bad album, just not the hammer it could have been. The musicianship of the members is outstanding, especially the guitar parts are a feast for the ears, especially for Dragonforce lovers. If you are a guitar player, you should try to follow them without your fingers starting to bleed. Drummer Cory Hofing tortures his drums like an animal; reaches high beats per minute while still staying very tight. A live performance must be a kind of marathon for him.

If you like ultra fast power metal and don't mind harsh vocals you should at least listen to this band. For those who like a combination of Dragonforce and Children of Bodom.

01. March of Victory
Rise To Power
Heroes Among Us
A Gathering of Kings
Maidens Call
Braving the Storm
On the Eve of Battle
Freedom and Salvation
09. Dawn of Vengeance
10. Moonlite Skies and Bloody Tides
Label: Napalm Records
Distribution: Target (Denmark)
Reviewed by: Reinier de Vries
Date: 30 August, 2014
Website: www.facebook.com/crimsonshadowsband