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Lord Shades – The Uprising of Namwell

Lord Shades
The Uprising Of Namwell
by Lauren Fonto at 12 January 2018, 7:49 PM

“The Uprising of Namwell” is the third in a trilogy, and follows “The Downfall of Fire-Enmek” and “The Rise of Meldral-Nok”. In the LORD SHADES universe, Namwell is a “land of bliss and harmony”. I appreciate the effort bands put into creating their own mythology. The band has done a mostly admirable job of telling the story of Namwell.

The band tells an epic tale through music, with horns and extra percussion adding touches of bombast in the right places. The “right places” are where the song starts to get just a little bit boring; the horns and percussion tend to liven things up where they are used, such as on “The Gift” and “The Revenge of Namwell”. Unfortunately, I felt that some of the songs, even those of around six minutes, seemed too long. While long song lengths may be needed to fully develop a piece, bands in general need to think very carefully about how a particular section will add value to the album as a whole.

That being said, guitarists Cyril and Fabien produce some well-crafted melodies and solos throughout – opener “Beyond the Wall of Sleep” has an achingly beautiful classical guitar part, and “Nightly Visions” contains a heartfelt harmonised solo. There were times when I found myself swept away by the music and story, such as during the middle section of “The Gift”, and during “The Revenge of Namwell”. The latter sees a particularly strong performance of guttural vocals from Alex. Nico provides a solid foundation throughout with his drumming.

LORD SHADES has clearly put a good amount of effort into carrying their mythos forward. It was a fun ride for the most part, and I think that their brand of epic black/death metal will soar to new heights with a little tweaking in the songwriting department.

Songwriting: 6
Originality: 7
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Beyond the Wall of Sleep
2. Nightly Visions
3. The Dark Host
4. The Gift
5. Woe to The (Vae Solis)
6. The Revenge of Namwell
7. The Awakening
8. A New Dawn
Alex – Bass, vocals
Nico – Drums, vocals
Cyril – Guitars
Fabien – Vocals, guitars
Record Label: Independent


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