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Review: Shardana - Shardana

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Duration: 19:03
Tracks: 5
Genre: Folk Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: July 18, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (12 Votes)

Shardana are a band from Italy who are as yet unsigned, and this is their debut EP. At first spin it was hard to even get what this was about, as it is an odd mix of several subgenres, but after picking it apart I can clearly see where this EP gets it right, and where it goes wrong. First we have the riff department, which is an admixture of Trad Metal/Viking and Folk sounds. A lot of times they produce some nice, tasty riffs that would sound even better of the production were fatter. This is obviously a self-produced disc and the sound is a bit flat. There are a lot of musical ideas in the guitar work, and a lot of talent and potential on display. A main problem is that the songwriting is not as good as the riff-writing, and the songs don't often manage to gain any momentum, just switch from part to part without any real build. "Back To Homeland" kicks off with some great riffs, but then gets more generic and keeps switching grooves, so it loses focus. Another problem are the vocals, which are all over the place. The clean singing is decent if undistinguished, but the band feels compelled to mix in a whole bunch of screams, growls, and overdubbed shouts that it is distracting and again prevents any kind of consistent feeling from developing. I know they think that all the vocal variety is giving their music texture, but all it's really doing is breaking their songs up into little bits that have nothing to do with each other. This has some good bits, but it's not really memorable.

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