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Review: Shadowkiller - Guardians of the Temple
Guardians of the Temple

Label: Independent
Year released: 2018
Duration: 54:41
Tracks: 9
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 10, 2019
Reviewed by: Bruno Medeiros
Readers Rating
Guardians of the Temple

Rated 4.25/5 (85%) (4 Votes)

Similarly to Cederick Forsberg (Rocka Rollas, Blazon Stone and a shitload of other bands), Joe Liszt bursts with creativity and is turning out to be a goddamn machine when it comes to creating Metal content on a steady basis. Shadowkiller's third effort consists on 54+ minutes of US Power Metal majesty combined with some glimpses of progressiveness and a lot of elements borrowed from Liszt's other acts, mainly Ancient Empire. There's a clear Iron Maiden influence on the twin-guitar work, which fits well with the epicness of the themes covered here such as mythology and fantasy, and Liszt's unique vocals are extremely refreshing for a Power Metal band.

Songs like "1600", "Flesh to Bone" and "The Garden of Persephone" will stick in your head for a long time, and the overall production is way above the other independent stuff we're used to see, with every instrument having its place. The album as a whole is exciting, inspired and memorable, and it's definitely Shadowkiller's best to date; here's hoping that Jose Liszt and friends continue to grace us with killer Metal for years to come.

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