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Shadow Gallery – Room V

Label: Inside Out Music
Format: CD
Released: 2005
Reviewed By: Rich Catino

Shadow Gallery continue the story first told on their 1998 concept album "Tyranny", now Acts 3 and 4, which told of two people in search of a new identity. The music is progressive and written with a lot of intelligence and class. The vocals are smooth and peaceful, with a combination of both male and female leads that switch off on verses as well as harmonization for various lyrical lines on ‘Comfort Me’. Trademark harmonies from the likes of Asia and Kansas (especially on ‘Torn’, I even hear some Eagles in the guitar leads) influence the gallery and appear on ‘The Andromeda Strain’ along with guitar and keyboard solo trade offs. Clear and clean throughout the production is, making room for the classical piano, strings, and acoustic guitar. All is blended very nicely. Amid all the graceful musicianship are strong guitar sounds and at times some of the edge similar to what Symphony X went for on their last epic "The Odyssey" as well as a little Dream Theater in the instrumentals.


Shadow Gallery compose music from a very artistic place with beauty and soul at the heart, listen to the Pink Floyd influenced ‘Vow’ with its top shelf vocals. I am rather impressed. This is the kind of band you want to listen to before you go to bed, and take that as a compliment everyone!

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