SHADOWLORD comes from the Netherlands and already released (in 2000) an
interesting « Shadowlord empire » four tracks demo. After
some line-up changes, the band comes back with a more mature project.
Since the recording of this « Scourge of heaven », the band
took on a female singer and a new keyborder. Fast paced, melodic symphonic
black metal that blends all-out nowadays black metal schemes with death
metal guitar patterns and bits of doom. Don’t let me scare you describing
SHADOWLORD as another symphonic black metal horde…as eventually,
« Scourge of heaven » shows few connections with albums recorded
by clowns such as THEATRE DES VAMPIRES or other CRADLE OF FILTH copycats.
SHADOWLORD is a real band with its own musical concept. The musicianship
is tight and proficient (especially for a band evolving in this scene).
Main interesting element is for my opinion, the band’s songwriting
abilities, they can compose and arrange... alternating furious black death
metal passages with accoustic intermezzo. Vocals parts also include different
approaches and nicely compliment the band’s musical direction. A
very good album…