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Shadow Gallery

June 5, 2007 | Format: MP3

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By A Customer on November 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
...in my opinion this CD (SHADOW GALLERY) is not as good as the others. It includes a drum machine and a few of the songs are pretty ordinary. Theres no way you could hold this up against progressive classics like Carved in stone or Tyranny or evan Legacy for that matter. There is a very good reason for Shadow Gallery fans to get this CD though(The Queen of the city of ice) its a fantastic 15 minute prog monster
that will draw you in. Also in fairness there are several other very good songs and this is Shadow Gallery`s first CD. I`d advise don`t make it youre first experiance of such a super prog unit. Get Tyranny first, Carved in stone second, Legacy Third , and pick this one up last just to complete the collection.
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Like many Shadow Gallery fans, I was more than a little surprised when I finally heard the band's 1992 self-titled debut album. After practically wearing out my copies of Tyranny and Carved in Stone (and to a lesser extent Legacy), I was looking forward to hearing the earlier sounds of one of my favorite progressive metal bands. I wasn't expecting what sounded like a long lost collaboration between Kansas and Marillion!

I've had a few years to think about this underrated Shadow Gallery album, and I have what I hope is a better understanding of why this album sounds so far removed from the band's better known works. First off, it was released in 1992, so it didn't reflect the radical shift in progressive music caused by the release of Dream Theater's Images and Words album. A distinct Dream Theater influence can be heard on later Shadow Gallery releases, and from what I've heard, Magna Carta Records was not so subtly pushing their artists in that direction as well in order to capitalize on that band's popularity. But in 1992, Shadow Gallery was free to make an album that better reflected their earlier influences, including Rush, Kansas, and Fish-era Marillion. Vocalist Mike Baker in particular seems to emulate Fish on this album, sounding more fey and theatric than on later albums.

There's also the matter of the production quality of this album. That is to say it's quite horrible.
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I've read many reviews for albums here on Amazon, agreed with some, disagreed with others, but here, I feel I have a chance to make a difference in someone's life. As this review page is a blank slate at the moment, let me just say that I originally got this on a whim and I was pleasantly surprised(I won't say blown away, as that gets people's expectations up. Still, I was blown away). I won't give you a track by track review; kind of ruins things, in my opinion. I also won't list any tracks specifically, but let me just say that the longest track put me into a trance the first fifty times I heard it. I won't even compare Shadow Gallery to any other band, though I would be hard pressed to do that if I tried. I don't want to give anything away. Just take my word(Hard though it may be to trust strangers, I know)This album just works for me. I find it great, and it is totally unique. Great musicianship, but it's the sum of the parts, you know? Something must have clicked for these guys on this one. Okay, if this helps at all, I prefer this one over Carved In Stone and Tyranny. You won't know what you're missing if you don't get this one as I have described very little, but I know that you'll be missing out terribly. Do yourself a favor. If you don't like this album, I must just be on mind altering drugs of some kind. Join me, won't you?
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It is already known that even the members of the band have said that they consider this album to be one of "demo" type of production. Having said that, and of course having admitted that, I will say to you that in spite of it, for a debut album and for my own first exposure to this band, Shadow Gallery first self titled album is a gracious, fresh and inventive disc, even with the drum machine considered. It contains fine melodies, good musicianship, good vocals..., it really shows where the band was heading to since their beginnings. I agree with one of the reviewers that the piece called "The Queen of the City of Ice" is a prog-rock gem that sticks to your ears and heart. And the rest of the songs flow nicely with a very good dynamics until "The Queen..." which happens to be the last. The musicians show an excellent mastery of their instruments, specially in guitars and keyboards. So, do not turn away this cd for the matter of production, and if your are a Shadow Gallery fan, should not do it. My listening of this album has been as pleasant as the one I have had with "Out of Myself" debut album of the Polish band "Riverside", in spite of the latter being newer and better produced. Sometimes it is more the "content" (the soul) than the form (the body) what matters, at least in this case.
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