|Review: Shadow Host - Apocalyptic Symphony|
Label: Metalism Records
Year released: 2013
Review online: August 2, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Apocalyptic Symphony is the fifth album from Russia's Shadow Host and it made my first time listening to this band an enjoyable one. I don't know about the band's previous albums, but the music on Apocalyptic Symphony is a very thrashy style of Power Metal. The riffs are big and full of punch, yet melodic, while the choruses have a definite air of "singability." The solos have the wonderful, mid-80s sound and are just flamboyant enough to grab your attention without making you feel like the song was simply a vehicle for fret board heroics. The album starts with what are probably the two strongest tracks; the fist-pumping "Lunacy Divine" and the smoldering "Treason." Each song begs for repeated listens. The rest of Apocalyptic Symphony doesn't reach the level of those two songs but is still solid and even gives a few nods back to the 80s on tracks like "Seeds of Sorrow," a "ballad" in the "Fade to Black" mold.
Fans of modern Power/Thrash from the likes of Helstar and Sacred Steel, along with Ride the Lightning-era Metallica should not miss Apocalyptic Symphony.
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