Tuesday, September 24, 2013

SHADOWS PAST: "Perfect Chapter"

Rating: RRR
Label: Doolittle Group
Review by Martien Koolen

Perfect Chapter is the first full length release of Shadow Past, the band formed by singer Ola Halen, former vocalist of Insania. This album is dominated by the high-pitched vocals of Ola and the keyboards played by Steffan Lindroth, who has been listening to Jens Johansson (Stratovarius) and Richard Anderson a lot. The music on this album is typical Scandinavian power metal and so bands like Royal Hunt, Narnia, Divinefire, Evergrey and Nocturnal Rites come to mind while listening to this album. However after a couple of songs the voice of Ola tends to get on my nerves and when he even included some death vocals I was completely disappointed as the music is rather good.

Highlights of the album would be: "The Scars Run Deep" (power metal at it best), "Who I Am" (catchy chorus, melodic) and "The One" featuring some great guitar work. The voice of Ola however still spoils a lot on this melodic power metal album. Listen for yourself if you enjoy the vocals!.

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