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If you want some strong power metal with a brain behind it then this is the one for you.

Shadowkeep have had a troubled last few years due to line up changes, but the UK band that so impressed with their debut albums back at the turn of the century have returned with a new disc stuffed with power prog metal that is bound to impress.

‘The Hourglass Effect’ sees the debut recording of vocalist Richie Wicks (Ex Tygers Of Pan Tang), a man with a decent set of pipes, not a million miles away from the Geoff Tate/Tony Mills style of singing. He’s also brought to the table a nifty science fiction concept to the album, his lyrics going well with Guitarists Nikki Robson and Chris Allen’s solid song writing. Although the album is definitely a power prog effort, it doesn’t get the listener bogged down in it’s own cleverness like some. For the most part the songs are snappy and catchy with some excellent melody lines and choruses, veering off into atmospheric territory no more than is strictly necessary. There’s plenty of widdly guitar and fast, pounding backbeats to keep the metallers happy, with plenty of melody and cleverness for those who want more than just a shredding album.

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I’ve not heard the first two albums by Shadowkeep, but ‘the Hourglass Effect’ certainly shows why there will be plenty of people out there who will be very happy that they haven’t gone away for good. If you want some strong power metal with a brain behind it then this is the one for you.

Alan Holloway

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