BLADE OF SPIRIT: Shadow’s Race[Blade of Spirit formed in 1996, in Kozani (Greece) and after many years of active presence in the scene of underground power metal. None of their demos is included in their first album. All Songs are new and the sound is strong, in your face metal, with accordingly powerful production
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Shadow’s Race is the title and it contains 8 epic / power metal killer songs plus an intro and an outro. Straight in the face melodic Power Metal with lots of Epic touches is what we will meet in here. The memorable riffs and the melodic choruses are the main most characteristic elements in the stuff of this release. I really enjoyed the melodic vocal lines that are enforced with second and third voices. The rhythm section is heavy and into the point and I can point that all the songs are in upper tempos but be careful cause you must NOT prepare yourself for Euro Power Metal up tempo parts with no reason of existence. Here we deal with clear, characteristic and memorable riffs that carry the spirit of the traditional Heavy Metal. The production is very good and clear, something that should be mentioned as a very positive feature. Well I suppose that there are not so many things that have been left for me to write. If you search for melodic Heavy / Power Metal with Epic touches enforced by great riffs, very good vocals and passion, the debut album of those Greeks is for you. Enjoy it.
1. Stain Of
1. Stain Of Pride (intro) 01:41
2. Sedated Idols 03:03
3. New Age Of The Lost 06:21
4. Nameless 03:47
5. The Questioner 06:01
6. Naked Of Life 04:58
7. Punished By Fate 06:28
8. Hope Dies Last 05:01
9. Last Messiah 06:46
10. Flags Of Glory (outro) 01:16
Total playing time 45:33
THE perfect example of straightforward, song-based heavy metal with no serious pretensions.
Rooted in 80s sensibilities, right down to the uncomplicated production (probably dictated by the recording budget, but still lending itself to the overall effect), the CD can be bracketed under the ‘simple yet effective’ category. The songwriting is tried and tested, and the playing is generally understated and tailored to serve the songs.
It is fairly refreshing to listen to a metal CD in this day and age when the listener can hear that there are only 2 guitar tracks per song. Most of the songs at least once feature the trick of the first half of a verse being supported only by power cords before the 2nd guitarist makes a belated appearance with a galloping riff. After the first few times it admittedly does start to feel a little overused, but it adds a little energy to the songs to hear them suddenly bursting into life in this fashion.
The guitar solos are very much in the Adrian Smith mould melodic, catchy and perfectly fitting for their respective songs, but never overly technical. Similarly the drumming is fairly straightforward, mostly forgoing the 2nd bass pedal and anything else too heavy for a more traditional supporting approach.
Despite the traditional influence though, it would be an untrue reflection to suggest this is a serious throwback CD, as there is more of a heroic, true metal vibe than a rocking NWOBHM one. It is a fine line, but Blade of Spirit clearly stay more on the operatic side of 80s metal. Vocalist Manolis Kompos’s style undoubtedly lends to this, with his resonant tones ensuring the songs always come across as very straight-faced.
With 8 full songs totalling just over 40 minutes of music (45 when the brief intro and outro tracks are taken into account), it is a quick but enjoyable experience to listen to ‘Shadow’s race’. The easygoing and honest approach the band’s efforts exude is very agreeable indeed.