What else do I want, a band that I like and a cover that's just great, this is perfect for me :) NOCTURNAL RITES have completely convinced me with their previous album "Afterlife", I have really been waiting for "Shadowland" and what shall I say? It was more than worthwile!
Since the predecessor had again the RIOT-influence of the second album, the Swedes remained true to themselves and don't keep it - like on the first and third cd. They now use very catchy, smashing Power Metal with much melody, heavy guitar sounds and good choirs - not the HAMMERFALL-memorial-unity stuff, simply good music. Most of all the singer Jonny Lindqvist here turns out to be a piece of luck because he can shape the sound of NOCTURNAL RITES with his voice.
Accompanied by a great production by Daniel Bergstrand, the up-tempo songs like "Eyes Of The Dead" or "Revelation" crash towards you so you just can't stop listening, great choruses, good riffs, fantastic singing, that's the way it should be, but even if it drifts a bit into the mid-tempo-direction like on the title track or "Faceless God" they do convince before you find something really fast in "The Watcher" again.
Originality is not quite the strong point of the sextet but they convey their material with freshness, with enjoying the playing and simply powerful ideas so every Power Metal-fan will love this album like all the haters may hate it endlessly from the bottom of their hearts. But we, the fans, don't care anyway, we know what's good ;)
Surely one of the best Power Metal-CDs of the year and I think it will be remembered generally in this genre, great music that doesn't sound like the average or of another band, great cover, great album!