Finest US-Power Metal can also be found on the second full album of SHADOW KEEP and will enthuse every friend of CRIMSON GLORY/RECON/HEIR APPARENT. But this band is from England and they (allegedly) already have split with their great singer Rogue. Would be a real pity, because SHADOW KEEP also could convince live in Balingen this summer.
Great song-gemstones like the fast opener "A Distant Paradox" or the following, energetic "Seventeen" definitely are not the exception. Quite the contrary, everything is a little catchier and more accessible, if you compare it with the at times a bit bulky predecessor "Corruption Within". "Beware The Signs" attracts attention by its super-catchy chorus or the straight "Fear And Loathing" are just hammers that you have to have heart! Only "A War Of Principles" has dropped out completely, what a gruesome chorus!
But that is the only minus-point of the altogether great Mystic Metal-disc! Here we do not only get great melodies, but also the axe has its place. One part of the axe-legion is wielded by a girl, btw! Hats off! (Online November 25, 2002)