|Review: Stygian Shore - The Shore Will Arise|
|The Shore Will Arise|
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: October 21, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:The Shore Will Arise
Rated 3.82/5 (76.36%) (11 Votes)
This is not really a new album, as Stygian Shore recorded this back in the 80's, but broke up before it was ever released, and only now is it being put out by our pals at Evil Legend Records (Now Shadow Kingdom Records - Ed.). Versions of some of these tunes were previously recorded on their one release on EP back in the day, but this is a whole album with a much better production job.
The Shore Will Arise is packed with the kind of old-school goodness you just can't fake. The general style is very traditional, with heavy-ass riffs and ripping leads. Overall the approach is reminiscent of Crystal Logic-era Manilla Road or other classic bands like Black Knight. There is a doomy vibe at work here, with a lot of the riffs slower and heavier, with a definite Doom feel to them, as on "Immortal Soul" or "Tidal Wave". The album is pretty evenly split between serious metal cuts like "Tidal Wave", "The Shore Will Arise" and "Visions Of Doom"; and sillier, more rock n' roll type tunes like "Heavy Metal Queen" and "Chainsaw Dean" which kick ass but have goofy lyrics. The vocals are pretty good, being neither too high nor too rough, just good clean vocals without any gimmicks. They get the job done but they aren't extraordinary.
This is definitely a must-have for fans of epic 80's metal, and any fan of Manilla Road, Heavy Load, or Black Knight should have this CD in their collection. Plus you will be helping out one of the coolest Classic Metal label/distros there is. Highly recommended.
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