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Shadow Gallery


Review by Gary Hill

This progressive metal CD, the third from the band, is a concept album that tells a tale which could certainly make a fine film. The music here is well written and performed. This is a very strong effort.

Shadow Gallery (Brendt Allman, Mike Baker, Carl Cadden, Chris Ingles, Joe Nevolo and Gary Wehrkamp) are joined on this release by James LaBrie (Dream Theater) and D. C. Cooper (Royal Hunt), among others. Tyranny can be purchased in stores, from CDNow or directly fromMagna Carta at 208 E. 51st Street, #1820, New York, NY, 10022.

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Track by Track Review
Act I
Stiletto in The Sand
This is a frantic, classically-tinged, prog-metal instrumental.

War For Sale
This driving prog metal cut is strong.
Out of Nowhere
This Rycheish mid-tempo prog metal composition is very entertaining. It contains a somewhat classically tinged instrumental break.
Mystery is a very catchy and infectious prog metal cut. The piece contains a Dream Theaterish instrumental break, complete with a crunchy guitar solo.
Hope For Us?
A quite pretty piano intro leads to a dramatic acoustic guitar-based, again quite Dream Theaterish. This is a wonderfully beautiful song.
A lovely intro leads into a strongly energetic prog metal song structure.
A beautiful piano and vocal based ballad, the delicate textures of this song contrast quite nicely with the metallic energy of the last cut.
Act II
I Believe
A strong, regal-sounding intro drops back to piano for a time. This piano segment leads into a metallic song structure. The piece has a very intriguing arrangement.
Roads of Thunder
This moody track is reminiscent of the prog metal stylings of Queensryche.
Spoken Words
Spoken Words is a very lovely piano-and-vocal-based song, which is a dialogue between a man and a woman.
New World Order
This competent prog metal number is full of neo classical leanings.
Showing elements of both Dream Theater and Rush, Chased is a powerful prog metal instrumental, with the emphasis on prog.
Ghost of A Chance
This is a pretty and poignant metallic ballad.
Christmas Day
Although it does contain some metallic segments, this cut is a beautifully dramatic ballad that features flute.
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