|Review: Shadeworks - Sooty Limbs|
Year released: 2001
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: October 19, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 4/5 (80%) (1 Vote)
Well here's something different. Shadeworks is described as "weird atmospheric metal". Yep.. it is atmospheric and it IS weird - at least some passages are. ;) This one-man project hails from Belgium (good chocolate, good beer, and much nicer people than in neighbouring France - trust me on this), and he is also drummer for a Belgian metal band. There's also a guest on this recording for female vocals.
The CD opens up on the title track "Sooty Limbs", a very slow-paced song, quite relaxing actually, with equally relaxing clean vocals (male and female). I'd say this song spans a number of music genres, and would probably be accepted by usually non-metal listeners. The vocals remind me of some non-metal artist I heard a long time ago but I just can't put my finger on it. Anyway, if the term "atmospheric" has to be applied, this song wins hands down!
The second song, "Blind Healing" starts off much harder and faster, quite a striking contrast, although some parts of the song are a bit slower. "Terra" follows, this ones starts off a bit weird, hard to describe into words really. This one is a bit slower than "Blind Healing" but still rocks hard and has more guitar highlights than the first two songs. I'd say this is my favorite off this CD.
The songs on this demo flow remarkably well into each other - although maybe a bit too much especially with the first three songs. A little more variety in the guitar work wouldn't hurt , if just to give the listener the impression that the songs are "going somewhere" because I sometimes got the feeling I was still on the second song while I was actually listening to the fourth song - weird! The vocals are very calm and almost flawless, and they add a lot of the overall relax feel of this demo. Again, a little bit more variety on the vocals would also be welcome. It will be interesting to see what's next to come from Shadeworks.
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