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Review: Lunar Shadow - Far from Light
Lunar Shadow
Far from Light

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2017
Duration: 57:54
Tracks: 8
Genre: Heavy Metal


Review online: April 28, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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Rated 3.9/5 (78%) (20 Votes)

Lunar Shadow is a new band from Germany and their debut album for Cruz del Sur Music is entitled Far from Light. From the artwork, you might assume you're in for some Epic/Black Metal but while the "epic" part is applicable, Lunar Shadow employ a more traditional sound with clean vocals (for the most part), Maiden-esque riffing (for the most part) and not a small amount of acoustic guitar work. Lyrical themes range from history ("Hadrian Carrying Stones") to mythology ("The Kraken") and fantasy ("Earendil") all of which fit quite nicely with the songwriting which goes for an expansive, atmospheric sound. There's a sense of weight to Lunar Shadow's compositions and when they slow down or go acoustic they have a definite Doom vibe. The vocals and even the vocal lines remind me a lot of Ghost though far more serious and with none of the cheese (wonderful as it is) of their Swedish neighbors to the north.

Far from Light is dense and obviously requires some time to appreciate all the nuances. That may be why it still hasn't really clicked with me and I can't remember much after it is over though I feel like I should. My experience notwithstanding, if you are a fan of bands that truly deserve the "epic" tag, Lunar Shadow is one you'll want to check out.

More about Lunar Shadow...
Review: Far from Light (reviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
Review: The Smokeless Fires (reviewed by MetalMike)
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