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Review: Alastria - Dream in Shadows
Dream in Shadows

Label: Independent
Year released: 2016
Duration: 20:53
Tracks: 4
Genre: Symphonic Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: December 5, 2016
Reviewed by: MetalMike
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The U.K. isn't usually known for its Symphonic Metal output but the six guys in Alastria are looking to change that with their EP Dream in Shadows. The big sound Alastria is going for, and the style demands, is hampered by a very dry sound despite being recorded at a professional studio, Anchor Baby Recording Co. in Kent. Maybe the studio wasn't quite sure how to handle Alastria's music as most of their prior work was done with non-Metal acts, something for the lads in Alastria to consider next time around. Musically, Dream in Shadows is a pretty standard Symphonic effort with some big keyboards, big melodies and big vocals. Singer Kelsey Graham sounds a bit like Visigoth's Jake Rogers at times but is way too far in front of the mix, especially on "Winter of Remorse." The songwriting is generic though to be fair this is the band's debut. They will need to ramp it up significantly if they want to make waves and not be just another unremarkable band singing unremarkable lyrics in a sea of competition.

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