Follow The Metal Crypt on Twitter  The Metal Crypt on Facebook  The Metal Crypt's YouTube Channel
Review: Burning Shadows - Gather, Darkness!
Burning Shadows
Gather, Darkness!

Label: Independent
Year released: 2012
Duration: 45:20
Tracks: 11
Genre: Heavy/Power Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: October 23, 2012
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Gather, Darkness!

Rated 4.33/5 (86.67%) (12 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.

Other related information on the site
Review: Beneath the Ruins (reviewed by MetalMike)
Review: Gather, Darkness! (reviewed by MetalMike)
Click below for more reviews
Latest 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z Various Books/Zines 

Flag Counter

The Metal Crypt - Crushing Posers Since 1999
Copyright  © 1999-2022, Michel Renaud / The Metal Crypt.  All Rights Reserved.