After one listen of ShadowKiller’s debut album, 2013’s Slaves Of Egypt, I knew this California based power metal band was cut from a different mold. In a world where the metal scene is over saturated with metal of all styles and imitation abounds to the extreme, it is becoming more and more difficult for band’s to break out with their own sound and style. Well that has been the thing that has separated ShadowKiller from the rest of the flock as they have honed their own sound. Between the slick guitar tones and the incredibly underrated vocals of Joe Liszt, since day one ShadowKiller were a breed apart. I had the privilege to hear a couple of tunes ahead of this latest album and I knew right away that this one would be more of the same, and it definitely is! The song themes have gone from an Egyptian flavor to an opus dedicated to World War II, but the sound itself didn’t change one bit. High quality, professional production, excellent artwork and of course the incredible mid-tempo power metal is what ShadowKiller brings to the table here. As much as I enjoyed Slaves Of Egypt, I think the band went from strength to strength and if anything their writing is tighter and a bit more mature here. Definitely one of the highlights of 2015!
Choice Tracks – Survival, A Price For Freedom, Until The War Is Won, Flames Of War, Legacy, The Blood Of Many, Staring Into Oblivion