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Review: Galaxy - On the Shore of Life
On the Shore of Life

Label: Dying Victims Productions
Year released: 2021
Duration: 38:15
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: December 7, 2021
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
On the Shore of Life

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (6 Votes)

I found Galaxy’s debut EP a straightforward US heavy/power metal affair, but on their first full-length album, On the Shore of Life, they seem intent on exploring a wider variety of music that is still under the US metal umbrella. It is a riff-heavy album with solid guitar work and a nice, beefy tone. The singer, who seemed to be quite capable in the higher registers on the EP, sounds like he might be trying for something not too far removed from King Diamond’s wails, but it doesn’t work well and is a bit grating in spots. His mid-range is fine and perhaps his adventure in a higher key is an acquired taste. Overall, the album does not follow the path a lot of so-called "new wave of traditional heavy metal" bands do, instead opting to travel some of the side trails blazed by adventurous pioneers. The album has some fast parts, which I expected, but features a doom vibe which I quite enjoyed. "Firelight Palaver" embraces the slow, melancholy vibe in an early While Heaven Wept sort of way while "We Enter the Door of Death" has a guitar sound and riff that the late Criss Oliva from Savatage could easily have written back in the ‘80s. While I find some things about On the Shore of Life could use some fine-tuning, in general I like the weird, occult vibe and the fact that it doesn’t sound like a ton of other bands is a feather in Galaxy’s collective caps. Check it out if you want some traditional metal that is a bit different.

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