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Review: Shuulak - Albedo

Label: Independent
Year released: 2018
Duration: 9:32
Tracks: 3
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 16, 2019
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)

Shuulak are a Dutch band that despite only having two independent releases to their credit, 2017's Nigredo and 2018's Albedo, which is reviewed here, have a very pro sound and image. The band's website is laid out well and it appears they play live in The Netherlands and surrounding countries regularly. But what about the music? Albedo contains two "full" songs, "Hunter's Moon" and "The Meek", and a short, acoustic/piano piece which is where the EP's title comes from. The band's style is traditional heavy metal with a classic songwriting style and a more modern sound, complete with a bit of down-tuned guitars. Both songs are energetic ("Albedo" seems to be a linking piece, perhaps as part of a full album the band is working on) and the vocalist clearly has the charisma you want in a front man. It is hard to get much of a bead on Shuulak with only two songs, neither of which are earth-shattering, but there is clearly talent and desire and that makes Shuulak a band to watch closely. Hopefully we'll get an album in the near future and see what this band can really do.

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