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BEHIND THE BLACK VEIL

The Shadow Theory

 

Progressive Metal

3.57 | 46 ratings

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b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

The Shadow Theory can be considered a supergroup in prog metal zone. With one album released so far in 2010 Behind the black veil at Insideout label, this record is quite intresting, strange and an aquaring taste for sure, at least for me. I said super group because we have here some good musicans in prog metal field like the excellent voice of ex Psychotic Waltz, Dead Soul Tribe fame - Devon Graves also responsable for some flute interplays here, the guitarist from lesser known prog metal act Complex 7 - Arne Schuppner, the drums of Threshold - Johanne James, the bassist from Pain of Savation + the keybordist Demi Scott, so a solid line up that will impress many prog metal listners. Well, what we have here, musicaly speaking, is a dark prog metal album, not overly complex and complicated but with very intresting moments in some parts, imagine you combine Dead Soul Tribe dark moody atmosphere with Jethro Tull, the Tull sound is from Graves flute, himself a big Jethro Tull fan, there is even a bonus cover of Jethro Tull's "Sweet Dream". Some fascinating moments for me, like opening track I Open Up My Eyes with dark atmospher but with up tempo passages, the voice and flute of Graves is top notch, prog metal with flute sounds pretty intresting to my ears for sure, another highlights are The Sound Of Flies, the folky Selebrate who sounds like it was extracted from Jethro Tull's Songs from the woods album and The Black Cradle. The sound is dense, dark but has enough excellent moments to be catchy enough for many prog metal listners and only after 3-4 spins I begun to fully appreciate what is going one, at first listning I said what an odd album, but never the less intresting over all. I like it but I can't say is a masterpiece or groundbreaking release, 3.5 stars from me, well desearved.

b_olariu | 3/5 |

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