SHADOWKEEP - A Chaos Theory

Shadowkeep - A Chaos Theory

12 songs
49:18 minutes
***** *****


I started to listening actively to heavy metal music in 1986 or 1987, which was the time when US metal was at its height. It was a genre that was to progressive to be called power metal, and to powerful to be called prog metal. Unfortunately that genre became less and less important with new genres emerging in the 90ies.

That's why I am always excited when I get introduced to a band like Shadowkeep. OK, they are not from the United States, but these English people with a Belgian born singer sound like the unofficial followers of the inheritance of old Queensr˙che and Crimson Glory.

A Chaos Theory is already the band's second album, and what an album it is. Instead of just delivering a dozen songs, there is something more to this album. You really hear that this is a concept album, uniting the different parts with short instrumentals. The songs themselves are mostly very progressively tinged power metal pieces, not too epical to be called pompous. Rogue M.'s vocals may not be everybody's cup of tea, but his very high pitched voice never sounds effeminate or castrated, but rather artsy in a positive way. Not to forget the excellent guitar work on this album. If you like your music more accessible, you can still try Seventeen, where Shadowkeep present themselves at their most commercial. You can also download Believe at their label's homepage along with 14 other free songs to make yourself your very own free Limb Music compilation. Nice way, and even cheaper than the low price CDs.

But back to Shadowkeep. This is a flawless album, and tears welled up in my eyes when I read on the band's website that Rogue M. has left the band already. But this CD, under the excellent and powerful production of Karl Groom (Threshold), will always be a legacy to a great band with an outstanding singer. I am not doing this very often, but I think the maximum rating is the only appropriate thing here.

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