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ShadowKeep - A Chaos Theory (8,5/10) - Great Britain - 2002

Genre: Power Metal
Label: LMP
Playing time: 49:11
Band homepage: ShadowKeep

Tracklist:

  1. A Distant Paradox
  2. Seventeen
  3. Beware The Signs
  4. Thorns And A Rose
  5. Believe
  6. Atalanta Fugiens
  7. A War Of Principles
  8. Fear And Loathing
  9. The Kether's Syndrome
  10. A Crack In The Mirror
  11. Chaosgenesis
  12. Lucifer's Pastime
ShadowKeep - A Chaos Theory
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)

Ralf Henn



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