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Reflection – When Shadows Fall

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music SRL
Format: CD
Released: 2008
Reviewed By: Connie Payton
“When Shadows Fall” is the latest release by Greek epic/doom metal band Reflection. Formed in 1991, the backbone of the group is the brothers Pavlantis - guitarist and drummer. With a 5-year span since their last album, “Odyssey”, the new release saw a lineup change in 2006 where the singer, keyboardist and bass player were replaced.
The album opens with “Entering The Sea”, a short track that serves to introduce “Mistress of Sea”. “Mistress” is a good kick off to the album with its dark chords that remind me a little of some older Dio songs.

“Ghost Ship” and title track “When Shadows Fall” continue with the heavy, doom sound the band is known for. “Whispers of the Lost”, is a short one that has whispered voices over atmospheric sounds and dissonant chords. “Desert Land” is one of the faster songs on the album, followed by “Soul Salvation” that will have you headbanging during the bursts of energy heard on this track. “Soul Salvation” has some great guitar solos and harmonies as well.

With it's melodic chorus, “Kingdom of Fire” is one of the catchier songs on the disc. The closing track is an orchestral version of “Mistress of Sea”, an interesting tune enhanced by the addition of female vocals.

Doom fans may like this cd, but those of us who prefer more melody and excitement may not. While I thought the music was good in some parts, I certainly did not care for the vocals on this album. Take a listen to a couple of the new songs on their MySpace page and see if you agree.

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