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  • Audio CD (January 29, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Noise Int'l
  • ASIN: B000008JPT
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,715 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Bit More of Green (Introduction) [Instrumental]
2. That's Human Bondage
3. True Face in Everyone
4. Flowers That Fade in My Hand
5. Reflections of a Shadow
6. Can't Get Out
7. Waiting for the Moon
8. Faith
9. Saddle the Wind
10. Dust
11. Nobody Knows
12. Wild Seed
13. Woman [*]
14. Ashes [*]
15. Bottlefield [*]
16. What's Up [*][Instrumental]
17. Woman [Acoustic Version][Live][#][*]

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's amazing to think of just how long Rage has been issuing great heavy metal albums. 1990's Reflections of a Shadow is the band's 5th album, and they've released about a dozen since then. Yet they have remained mostly unnoticed, even by metal standards. It's a shame, because an album like Reflections of a Shadow should please all but the most extreme metal fans. It's uncompromisingly heavy, and bridges the gap between power metal and thrash with the same skill as bands like Angel Dust and Jag Panzer. It's not overly melodic, but it's not an all-out shred fest either. This is straightforward heavy metal with somewhat high-pitched vocals, and is reminiscent of bands like Helstar, Crimson Glory, and early Vicious Rumors.

Reflections of a Shadow is another in a long line of quality Rage albums, and is a great jumping-on point for new listeners.

Noise Records' 2002 reissue of Reflections of a Shadow is very impressive. You get digitally remastered sound, expanded liner notes, and the entire 5-song 1991 EP Extended Power as bonus tracks. All told, there are plenty of reasons to replace your old copy of this Rage album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Metal Lover on February 2, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album truly has some classic Rage songs (like Saddle the Wind, eg.). However, it also has a couple duds.
I have learned to like it over the years since I am a long-time Rage fan, and love all their idiosyncracies (and believe me, they have plenty). This album as a whole may grow on you as well, but I suggest owning it for the few gems it DOES contain.
I guess this would be the controversial album for the fans, but I think IT and RAGE themselves are very underappreciated. Check out their whole array of albums (and progression through the years). Definitely true pioneers of the power metal genre, with a little thrash thrown in with the earlier stuff.
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Germany's power/thrash metal act Rage is one band that can't really be accused of being lazy. With a consistent stream of releases over the years, it seems as if the band relentlessly pumps out songs like a well disciplined factory crew. What's even more amazing is that the quality of their music is typically pretty good. Rage's "Reflections of a Shadow" was recorded during what was already their third lineup as a recording act since Peter "Peavy" Wagner formed Rage from the ashes of Avenger in the mid '80s. It was the third album from what many consider to be the definitive lineup of bassist/vocalist Wagner, guitarist Manni Schmidt, and drummer Chris Efthimiadis, and their fifth album overall.

While the band had previously experimented with keyboards as early as "Execution Guaranteed", "Reflections of a Shadow" saw the band use the instrument in a more dominant manner than before. For this reason, "Reflections of a Shadow" is sort of the red-headed stepchild of the band's discography, as it is somewhat more mainstream than the band's earlier, speed/thrash-oriented metal, and was also lighter than the albums which would follow. That's not to say that we're talking about emulating Bon Jovi here. There's still plenty of speed and power present, with fast-paced tracks such as "Wild Seed" and "Saddle the Wind". On the other hand, the pseudo-progressive metal of "Flowers That Fade In My Hand" and the anthemic "Faith" are layered with vocal harmonies and keyboards, while the title track has a bizarre synthesizer solo. Rage would abandon keyboards (instead sometimes using actual orchestral instruments as flavoring), until the last tracks of their album "End of All Days" about half a decade later.
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RAGE is a band that permanently evolves and always creates powerful quality music, proof of that can be found in their entire discography. Since the very first to the last one you find variety. The first period of RAGE is old school heavy-power-thrash moments, later they approach to the symphonic or orchestral compositions and since Unity the mixture of super loud heavy-speed-power metal with some orchestral arrangements.

In this case, ROAS continues in the first period, Rage was searching for the right direction, the definition of their style and music that later were conceived in stronger and better records like Trapped! and Missing Link and so on.

To me ROAS has good moments and others not so good. IMO the best songs are in the second half from Waiting for the Moon to Wild Seed, delivering catchiness, speed-power metal with thrash elements and good guitar work. The record sound a little loud for my taste but i believe the producers have made a good job too. As a bonus we have the Extended Power EP, a bunch of excellent thrashy and catchy songs, and the accoustic version of Woman. Just great!

In the other hand we have moments where the band are kind of "uninspired" like in the title track, Can't Get Out, Flowers That Fade In My Hand and That's Human Bondage. They lack of consistency as other reviewers mentioned, or at least they could have been better. The high-pitched vocals of Peavy, results really annoying in some moments of the songs too.

Conclusion. Despite the issues i mentioned, ROAS grows on you every time you listen to it, like happened to me. After four or five times i heard it i found no perfection here, but a good record with strong and rawness in most of the songs. So, if it doesn't grow on you at first, like me, just give it some time. I recomend it.
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