Skip to main content

Left In The Dark - Shadowglass Album Review

Shadowglass cover art



This quartet from Dayton, OH have only been together for two years, and in that time they wrote their debut album, 'Shadowglass'. The band are multi talented, as not only did they write and record the album, the vocalist, Josh Schaurer and drummer, Brian Gerth mixed and mastered it too, so a lot of hard work has gone into this first offering. With an interesting blend and delivery, Left In The Dark are looking to unleash a new style of rock...


The album opens on a haunting atmospheric piano intro, before going into first proper song, 'Denial', which is moody and far reaching, kicking things of in powerful way...


'Lie To Me' raises the bar higher, as it unravels a more aggressive metal side, creating a striking sound, which is all encompassing and very compelling, whilst sounding different to other hard metal sounds, with their layered dark and light rock.


'We Aren't' roars into action, bursting into fast riffage which is equally beautiful and soft at times, this is slower paced in parts, having a more classic rock feel and shows they can handle both sides equally well.


The entire album is coherent and consistent and they keep up the momentum, even when focusing on the more melodic rock side, which can be heard particularly in the tracks that follow, 'Last Request', 'Riptide', where they combine beauty and brutality to create irresistible catchy tracks. 

The final song, 'One Last Time' is atmospheric and moving, whilst maintaining an unwavering powerful force, as seen throughout, especially with a strong chant like chorus.


Left In The Dark have produced a exciting fresh rock sound, that is impressive and intelligible, and has a nice balance of gloom and hope, which is portrayed wonderfully through the instrumentation and mood of the music. This will appeal to all rock fans alike, as it has something for everyone, from softer clean moments to hardcore charges, and whatever emotion grips them, they storm through with a mighty presence and superiority, with their striking alt rock! I seriously urge you to listen to Shadowglass!


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

IN FLAMES Discuss Writing & Recording Process In First Album Trailer

On March 1st, Swedish legends IN FLAMES will unleash ther thirteenth studio album, I, The Mask, via Nuclear Blast (worldwide, excl. North America) and Eleven Seven Music (North America). After rave reactions from their fans for the first singles, the band unleashes the first album webisode, in which singer Anders Fridén and guitarist Björn Gelotte discuss the writing and recording process in Los Angeles and why they once again decided to work with multi-grammy-nominated producer Howard Benson. Watch the trailer, here: youtube.com/watch?v=U5yFhH9SArU

In addition, IN FLAMES have announced the first raft of names for their own annual festival, BORGHOLM BRINNER, that is due to take place on the isle of Öland in Sweden on August 2nd and 3rd, 2019. Prog masters OPETH as well as melodeath pioneers AT THE GATES and California's OF MICE AND MEN have confirmed their appearance at the two day festival. IN FLAMES will headline both nights.

The pre-order for I, The Mask as well as several exclus…

REVIEW: Spreading The Disease - Insurrection

Modern metal quartet Spreading The Disease from Kent, UK formed in 2014 and then earlier this year in September 2017 they finally unleased their debut album ‘Insurrection’ which shows they are ready to infect metalheads and critics alike with their no-nonsense sounds…
Opening song ‘Find My Path’ starts with a melodic and resonant intro before fierce vocals come in with hard-hitting heavy guitars, it then goes on to feature an effective stripped back section towards the end which gives it extra depth. This is a powerful and strong start to the album.
‘Words Unspoken’ is a thumping tune with great rhythms and is very headbang worthy and incredibly catchy, keeping up the momentum is self-named track ‘Spreading The Disease’ which immediately pulls you in with catchy melodies and is all consuming with mighty riffs and a massive aggressive sound.
Latest single ‘Greed’ is frantic and driven and features some of the best guitarwork so far and again is very belligerent and is bound to get the mos…

INTERVIEW: Cellar Darling (Switzerland)

INTERVIEW: Cellar Darling (Switzerland)


Cellar Darling is comprised of Anna Murphy, Ivo Henzi, and Merlin Sutter who recently formed following the spilt from previous well-known folk metal band, Eluveitie. The trio have been hard at work since, creating their anticipated debut album 'This Is The Sound' which was released June 30th via Nuclear Blast Records and have impressed fans and press alike with their fresh and unique sound which has been dubbed as "the new wave of folk rock“. This is an exciting and busy time for the band, so I caught up with them to find out about their origins, their new album, touring and what is in store for the band amongst other things..

Can you tell us about the formation of Cellar Darling following leaving your previous band Eluveitie and how the band came to be?
Merlin: What I remember most clearly is how quick it went. As you might know, the whole thing with Eluveitie came very unexpected for us - we were informed of a decision by the remain…