Burning Shadows – ‘Truth In Legend’

Day Of Darkness – Gorgeous acoustic intro, moving smoothly into the track, joined by a brief slide section, before molten metal crackles into life. Vocals made for metal, with some ace power screams and a subtle, yet clearly impassioned rhythm section. Combined, they make a mean and heavy sound.

Southwind – Instant, hard-hitting intro, wasting no time, getting the metal out there. An effortless, accomplished sound reigns heavily. No room for doubts here. Just a great piece of flawless, essential melodic metal. Uplifting buzz, with plenty of energy and feel-good vibes. Ideal mood lifter.

Sworn To Victory – Fabulous battery of drums introing and once more nowhere to go, but up. Strong, keenly felt lyrics, truly pro guitar riffs and an overriding positive sense of power. Filled with fun time melodies, encased in the happily relentless heaviness, it rocks hard. What we have here is, … far from a failure to communicate, an absolute ace of metal communication. Taberah fans will enjoy this immensely, but so will all fans of high octane classic NWOBHM. For good reason.

From The Stars – Ooh, a nicely sinister edge to this intro, filling it with intrigue and suspense. Some still beautiful, but haunting riffs, ‘Parisienne Walkways’ style, growing into increasingly, delightfully heavy sounds. Some creatively constructed paradiddles halfway through, along with approvingly hardened vocals. Speeding up the pace and heightening the mood along with it, they certainly know just how to excite and enthuse.

The Last One To Fall – Bang! That’s one solidly metal intro, brooking no arguments. It’s caught me, with its’ catchiness already. Intense fans are going to get off on this sound. A big sound, full to the rafters with massive melodies and sex appeal in spades. Some real classic drum hits, riffs to kill and that perfected intensity beloved of all true metal heads.

Truth In Legend – And it gets even louder and even heavier and distinctly Sabbath-esque. That section from ‘Black Sabbath’ in which Tony Iommi’s riffing for his life, while Ozzy warns of Satan’s dark presence will come back to you round about now. After such cataclysmic track memory triggers, you may not think they can top it, but top it, they do, with a truly mind expanding section, into which, so much unadulterated, searing passion is injected. Constantly individualising, building on and adding to the track, with sheer power of will and momentum, they continue to astound and never cease to please.

The Blessed – Wow! A truly mesmeric piano intro, rapidly accompanied by softer, though certainly no less affecting vocals. Oh but those riffs! Heavenly and no mistake. An incredible amount of beauty lies within the magic of ‘The Blessed’. Bringing a whole new meaning to the term, ‘what’s your poison’? You’ll physically feel this track invade your veins and literally move through them, like a medicinal poison. Ending on a combined, hypnotically cohesive piano, vocal and full instrumental close, it finds its way into your bloodstream, quickly making its’ home there, for all time.

Deathstone Rider – Once more, amazing and stunning, with its instrumental dexterity and effortless flow, this beautifully performed closing track holds an indescribable amount of love and sincerity within it, moving incredibly dexterously, from a heartfelt, softly conveyed tune, to a full on, all-out heavosity attack, before combining the two styles, with complete expertise; delighting, as it does. Thriving metallic energy and tuneful melody merge, to form an absolute and ultimately perfect creation. Reminding of every top-notch classic and New Wave band imaginable – this has nothing but the best to offer, topping it all off, with the touching finale, worthy, in itself, of award-winning status.

Overall – A magically momentous find. True genius, conveyed through heartfelt performances and real love of metal. Setting impossibly high standards for many others to attain, it’s a goldmine of metallic passion and I can’t praise it highly enough.

9/10 *********

For fans of NWOBHM, classic rock and metal, generally and specifically, sounds such as Testament, Taberah, Avenged Sevenfold, Soulforge, Intense, Metallica, Iron Maiden and Viking metal.

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