ShadowIcon - Smoke and Mirrors - (6/10)
Published on April 5, 2015
Genre:Heavy Metal / Melodic Rock
Slovenia is a country that is not automatically connected with metal, with only few bands having garnered any kind of real attention abroad. ShadowIcon hail from the country’s capital Ljubljana and are offering up their take on power metal with female vocals on their EP Smoke and Mirrors, their first release in 3 years.
And it is off to a good start with opener “(Now I See) Through a Mirror Darkly”, with good drive, nice interaction between guitars and keyboards, excellent melody and balance, with Ana Prijatelj having ample room to shine (no, she is not a soprano). And the band liked the song so much that it put it as a reprise at the end of the EP for a second time. And with a start as promising as this, it raises the hopes for a truly hidden gemstone, obviously.
And power metal you will only find at the mentioned reprise of the opener, because the four songs in between dip down into the realms melodic metal and melodic rock, with far reduced heaviness and more smoothness, which still produces some good melodies and harmonies, but pales in comparison to the opener and also make for an incohesive whole. As said, “If I Was the One” or “My Plea” are pretty good, if very smooth songs, but don’t show Smoke and Mirrors as the necessary tight unit to give it flow from beginning to end.
ShadowIcon will have to decide, which direction they want to embrace, if they choose “(Now I See) Through a Mirror Darkly” and can produce a whole album of this ilk, they have all the right ingredients to get them out of obscurity, if that one was a fluke and they opt for the mellower side of the spectrum, that obscurity might very well remain their home…