|Review: Shaman - Reason|
Label: AFM Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: January 18, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Shaman was formed by three former members of Angra back in 2000. I'm not much into Angra, so if you want a comparison between this and Angra, you'll have to ask someone else. :) "Reason" is a melodic heavy/power metal hybrid that emphasises more on melodic heavy metal than it does power metal. The vocals themselves are quite melodic while remaining quite powerful, in fact they literally drive some of the songs on the album, especially the slowest songs where everything else takes second place. The singer reminds me of some European metal singer whose name I should remember, but I just can't place my finger on it. There are some keyboards used throughout the album, sometimes tastefully (read: discreet) and sometimes overbearing (read: annoying.) Nothing bad enough to make a song horrible, however. The guitars aren't overly aggressive, but are crunchy enough to keep things interesting for the metalhead in you. Nothing outstanding, but more than listenable nonetheless.
I wasn't expecting to like this at all, so it's an agreeable surprise. This is a somewhat commercial album, very catchy and melodic that may even grab the attention of some non-metallers (or at the very least, shouldn't sent them running for their lives.) A fine album to listen to when you're in the mood for some relatively quiet and melodic metal.
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