Review SHADOWLAND ‘The Necromancer’s Castle’

New York City, the city that never sleeps, is the home of Shadowland. The band is a rather new one. Founded in 2018, they released a demo the same year. With ‘The Watcher’ followed an EP under their own initiative, which among others attracted the attention of No Remores Records in faraway Greece. With ‘The Necromancers Castle’ the debut album of the five Americans has arrived in the record stores and if you like traditional heavy metal, you should definitely listen to this debut from start to finish.

Shadowland, that’s Tanya Finder (v), Jeff Filmer (g), Al Bulmer (g), Cedric Obando (b) and Dave Hawk (d). What the quintet delivers on their debut is thunderous metal in the old school. Enriched with a slightly dark gothic vibe, the tunes have a good metal shine. ‘Walking in Shadows’ is a track on the album that you should listen to get a first impression. The song is expressive, has good level of heaviness and reminds me of Zed Yago in the verse at times. Also, it’s ‘Easy Livin’ (not a Uriah Heep cover version), which impresses with well-made leads, a thumping beat and very good vocals.

‘The Necromancer’s Castle’ is an album that easily gets lost in the flood of new releases. However, the five New Yorkers deserve with their debut the attention of the metal underground, because what they deliver on their first record absolutely knows how to impress.

Rating: 7 out of 10.

Tracklist:

  1. Ligeia
  2. The Necromancer’s Castle
  3. Walking In Shadows
  4. Rising Tide
  5. Warhound
  6. Remains
  7. Easy Livin’
  8. Pretty Faces

Label: No Remorse Records

Genre: Heavy Metal

Release Date EU: October 22nd, 2021

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