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TWILIGHT CANVAS

Shadowlight

 

Crossover Prog

3.52 | 9 ratings

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ScorchedFirth
3 stars (7/10)

I feel I probably should say a few words about Shadowlight, seeing as I suggested their addition here in the first place. I first found out about these guys when I went to see Riverside in London about a month ago, and was handed a leaflet about a new band called Shadowlight. The leaflet claimed them to be a mixture of Genesis and Tool, and that the genre was 'post-progressive rock'. I like "Twilight Canvas", though I'm not sure it ever reaches the symphonic mastery of Genesis or the powerfully heavy complexity of Tool, and I'm not at all sure what 'post-progressive' even means. What this album most certainly can be described as is a good slice of melodic crossover that should appeal to a good variety of prog fans (especially PT fans).

The name 'Shadowlight' seems to have been deliberately chosen to correspond to the sound, which is indeed a mixture of shadow and light. The guitar tone can get heavy a times, without ever really getting properly into metal territory, whereas the melodic approach is quite rich but still doesn't ever go into full on symphonic. It's a decent balancing act, though doesn't reach the same extremities that Riverside do.

Every single one of the songs has a good chorus. Shadowlight utilise harmonies well, working with what they have, but sometimes I find myself wishing for a little more intensity in the lead vocals. Nonetheless I can easily remember parts of all the songs, so they've all hit the mark in that respect. Despite the emphasis on melody, we do get some heavier odd time parts, in particular the 5/8 intro to "Beauty Dies" is very much stuck in my head, and I like the guitar soloing in "Dreaming Awake" and "Monochrome Dream" a lot. Parts of the latter song put me strongly in mind of Porcupine Tree, in particular the line 'move on black and white' is delivered a lot like 'swim with me into your blackest eyes'.

The keyboard sounds tend to be organs and string sections, and provides a good melodic backing for the band, and even occasionally taking the lead. It's clear that thought has been put into how to arrange all these songs, thought has been put into including interesting progressive elements, and thought has been put into the lyrics. The melancholy of "Cutting Room", or the heavier "Different Light" are good examples of this.

For me, "Twilight Canvas" turned out to be an enjoyable listen that is still growing on me, I can happily recommend it. Whilst it maybe missing a little bit of intensity compared with their influences (that makes me hold off on 4 stars), Shadowlight are still a band to watch for the future.

ScorchedFirth | 3/5 |

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