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Reflection - When Shadows Fall (CD)

When Shadows Fall
by Yiannis Dafopoulos at 26 August 2008, 1:35 PM

The Greek veterans return with a brand new album that aims to deliver some pure and unadulterated Heavy Metal to the hungry audience. From its early years, this band has offered some nice releases to the Greek Metal scene and has managed to create a respectable status among the worldwide Heavy Metal scene. The fact is that the band still hasn't managed to become a premier force in this music, but this album may help them change things a bit.

Coming to life in 1992, the Athenian heavy metallers are carrying some quality releases under their belt, while having also managed to share the stage with great acts like SOLITUDE AETERNUS, DEMON, Paul Di Anno and WOTAN. So, after leaving Secret Port to sign with the Italian label Cruz Del Sur Music, the band hopes that it is time for them to make the 'big step' into the scene.

When Shadows Fall is an album that will be a more than good treat for all the epic Heavy Metal fans out there. The band plays a mix between classic Heavy Metal with some Doom elements using mostly mid tempo riffing. While listening to the album I saw some DOOMSWORD and SOLITUDE AETERNUS influences here and there. Stathis Pavlantis, who is the band's mastermind, has done a really good job regarding the guitar work with riffs that scream Heavy Metal!

As you may understand, epic Heavy/Doom Metal is a kind of 'monodimensional' genre, so don't expect anything new or amazing in this album. When Shadows Fall can only be judged as an album that belongs to the specific scene and its fans will definitely love it. Stivala's vocals could need some improvement regarding the high pitched screams, but in general he proves to be a good vocalist for the band with a more than good vocal performance that surely adds some extra quality to the result. Nothing more to be said for such an album. It has the heaviness, the atmosphere and the attitude to make you bang your head. Epic metallers are advised to check it out right now. The rest of you will probably find more interesting stuff on other releases.

3 Star Rating

Entering The Sea…
Mistress Of Sea
Ghost Ship
When Shadows Fall
Whispers Of The Lost…
Desert Land
Soul Salvation
Eyes Of The Night
Serpent's Eye
Kingdom Of Fire
Mistress Of Sea (Orchestral Version)
Leo Stivala - Vocals
Stathis Pavlantis - Guitar
John Litinakis - Bass
George Pavlantis - Drums
Iraklis Loukakis - Keyboards
Record Label: Cruz Del Sur Music


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