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Review: Zandelle - Shadows of the Past
Shadows of the Past

Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 66:48
Tracks: 13
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: November 27, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 5/5 (100%) (3 Votes)

New York's Zandelle have been around for 15 years and Shadows of the Past is album number five. Mean, aggressive riffs and banshee screams are the calling cards of this rerecording of some of the band's early demo and out-of-print album tracks. Singer George Tsalikis sets the tone with his cross between Rob Halford and David Wayne vocals while the guitars and bass rip up their respective fret boards. Shadows of the Past reeks of the 80s and pays homage to bands like Omen, Crimson Glory, Helstar and Metal Church. The album gains in strength as it progresses culminating in the raucous "Soul of Darkness." I can see the crowd banging their heads in unison to this one. Tsalikis' alternates his screams with near-spoken word and the rest of the band provides a chanting chorus that gives the song a huge sound. Other than the closer, the cover of Whitesnake's "Bad Boys," with its unpleasant Poison-meets-Warrant lyrics, the rest of Shadows of the Past is solid and consistent. Zandelle have a winner with Shadows of the Past and I recommend it to all fans of Traditional Metal, especially the 80s variety.

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