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ROOM V

Shadow Gallery

 

Progressive Metal

4.12 | 344 ratings

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Valarius
4 stars Shadow Gallery are back with 'Room V' to finish the story they started with 1998's 'Tyranny'

Anyone familiar with Shadow Gallery will know what to expect on this album, and it doesn't disappoint. Virtuoso musicianship, epic vocals, catchy chorus's, very well-written lyrics and plenty of twists and turns in the music. One of the high-points for this band is also the backing vocals and harmonies, which put most full-time singers to shame.

Story-wise, the album delivers big time. Picking up where 'Tyranny' left off, the band has done a lot of research to make this album as realistic and accurate as possible, as seen by the list of their influences and inspirations in the booklet. Although the story itself is far too long and complex to describe in one small review, it definitely rates up at the top with other concept albums like 'Scenes from a Memory' and 'Operation: Mindcrime'.

A lot of the songs here are some of the best I've ever heard, but unfortunately the reason for the four star rating is that I find this album does feel quite clustered at times with a lot of one or two minute songs which are just used to progress the story. However some of the longer songs are amazing and really make the entire effort worthwhile. Examples include 'Room V', 'The Archer of Ben Salem', 'Vow', 'The Andromeda Strain' and 'Torn'.

Also, check out Carl Cadden-James, who does an AMAZING vocal job on 'The Archer of Ben Salem'. Considering he isn't actually the singer of this band, this performance is spot-on, and I didn't even realize it wasn't Mike Baker until I read the credits in the booklet.

An excellent follow-up album to 'Tyranny', Shadow Gallery deliver the goods once again, proving they are one of the most underrated bands on the planet today.

Valarius | 4/5 |

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