|Review: Burning Shadows - Gather, Darkness!|
Year released: 2012
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal
Review online: October 23, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.27/5 (85.45%) (11 Votes)
This is the second album for US band Burning Shadows, who have a sound entirely typical of their neck of the woods, and still remain unsigned despite some really strong songwriting. The guitar playing here is tight and sharp, if a little safe, without a really good tone or any emotion really infusing the performance. The riffs are in a very Twisted Tower Dire/Slough Feg - in fact I'd call TTD the major influence here, as only the different approach of the vocals keeps this from sounding more like The Isle of Hydra. Vocalist/Guitarist Greg Jones has a decent voice, but he lacks range and doesn't do much to really sell the songs. The songs are all in a middle kind of key, and so are the vocal lines, so they don't leap out at you like they would if they had a singer with a more commanding reach. He gets the job done, and that's pretty much it.
I don't want to sound like this is bad, because it isn't, but while there is some solid songwriting and riffing here, there is not much passion or excitement, and the uninspired vocals render this much less arresting than it had to be. This band has the right idea, but they are just a bit too restrained.
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