|Posted by Kibitzer on April 2, 2011 at 6:13 PM|
Oathbreaker EP (2010)
Hail and Kill Metal Warriors! The Kibitzer here to RAGE along with you and this time I bring to you a band which Karl discovered and introduced to me. The band is Burning Shadows and their EP, "Oathbreaker", brings something back to me that I haven’t seen in a very long time. Sure, there are other hard and heavy hitting US Power Metal bands around in the Metal community today and I’m not trying to take anything away from them or weaken the fist, however, the arrangements that they did with the vocals and guitars are reminiscent of the other types of old Metal influences that you hear (or have heard) in the Metal community (you know who they are and there’s no need to mention names here). I’m going to be honest with you, as I slammed in the disc and played the first track, “Oathbreaker“, the vocals from current vocalist Tom Davy, were a little rough in the beginning for me, however when playing “Second Son”, and comparing Tom’s vocals from Greg’s (the original vocalist) on the original recording of “Second Son”, I can see the difference in strength that was needed to round out the song more and smooth things out. Still a little rough around the edges but in better shape than the previous vocalist. No disrespect to Greg, but Tom brings what Burning Shadows needs in a front man.
Now on to the rest of the EP, once again, bar none, this is a Power Metal band and they bring it! All of the elements of old and new that make up a Metal band today and with the tracks on this EP, this is definitely going to be the thing to bring them to Heavy Metal Valhalla within the underground. With “Supernatural Warfare” and “Haunter of the Dark”, tracks like those don’t grow on trees as I see a bright future for this band. That’s not me kissing ass and its not bragging if its truth. Overlooking some of the other minor details of production for the EP, Burning Shadows isn’t supposed to be something you get out of a Victoria Secrets catalog. It grabs you around the neck and shows you that “Ye Old Metal” still exists and this is the new generation holding true to it. Ending the EP is “Whisper Suffering”. The band really shines here and shows another side of itself that was needed to exhibit the technical prowess and talent that pours out of their chalice. Power ballad? Sure, but it’s their’s and they do it well. ‘Nuff said. In a nutshell, 4 out of 5 stars! There is more than just cutthroat action but the whole EP waves the Heavy Metal banner high and I’m proud of them! Pick up this EP! You won’t be disappointed!
- The Kibitzer (4.2.11)
*** A Note from Karl: ***
" I consider this EP a teaser of great things to come. I first saw Burning Shadows a year and a half ago and they quickly became one of my favorite bands. While guitarist Greg Jones' vocals were adequate, in the middle of 2010 the band found what it needed to take it to the next level in new lead vocalist Tom Davy. The EP consists of previously released songs with one new track. The instrumental recordings are the same, but with Tom's new vocals. The vocal track is sometimes a little out of balance with the intrumentals, but I attribute this to Tom having recently joined the band and working with old tracks instead of with a live band. I'm sure their next album will be more polished, in the production department, and I fully expect to be blown away by it!"