After England had been known only for its trend-infested newcomers in the past years, this finally seems to change again. The first member of this new generation are SHADOW KEEP, which play pure stuff.
They serve us a classic mixture from Progressive and Power Metal, ennobled by a vocalist (from Belgium, by the way), which, and I have to agree with the info here, comes quite close to Geoff Tate and "Midnight". Packed into a great and powerful production, courtesy of Carl Groom, the four gentlemen and one lady offers a varied mixture from complex, but still very accessible Progressive Metal-songs ("Dark Tower", "Corruption Within", "Inner Sanctum") and straight, double-bass-driven Power Metal-crackers ("The Trial Of Your Betrayal", "Cast Out") or just mix the two extremes brilliantly ("Murder"), and a song like "Meta-Morale" could just as well have stood on the first two CRIMSON GLORY-albums.
And the hidden track is... Stop! I won't reveal this one, but rest assured that it is a hammer!
Now who can imagine to be attracted by the above-mentioned styles, should at least check out SHADOW KEEP, because without doubt this is one of the best British debuts in a long, long time!