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ShadowKeep

 
 

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ShadowKeep Feature Compiled by Rick in August 2001

ShadowKeep are one of those bands that grabs your attention right from the get go. With great songs and arrangements and one of the great new vocalists on the scene in Rogue M. ShadowKeep are poised to do big things in the metal world. With the band set to release a new CD in the near future I felt it was time to feature the band on Metal-Rules.com so that those who haven't heard of them yet can discover some great new metal.

  

Background

ShadowKeep was formed only a short 2 and a half years ago in Surry, England by Belgian born vocalist Rogue M. and guitar and songwriting duo Chris Allen and Nicki Robson. Rogue M. had exactly the voice that the team was looking for to compliment their musical compositions  A short 2 weeks later the new trio were in the studio recording what would become their first 2 songs "Inner Sanctum" and "Dark Tower". The trio then arranged for ShadowKeep to enter Karl Groom and Clive Nolan's Thin Ice Studio in October the same year to record the what would become their first CD Six Track Mini Album. This release was meant to see if there was an interest in the music that ShadowKeep was creating.  Not only was there interest in their songs, the band couldn't keep up with the demand for their music. ShadowKeep soon signed to LIMB Music and in September of 2000 released their first full length CD  Corruption Within

 

Musical Style 

The musical style of ShadowKeep is a combination of powermetal, progressive metal and traditional metal. The bands musical  influences include Fates Warning and Queensryche  while amazing vocalist Rogue M. is influenced by the work of Tom Mallicoat of Lethal. Put these influences together and what is created is one of the best bands to burst onto the scene in the past few years. 

 

News Current To August 2001

Shadowkeep are busy working on their new CD tentatively entitled A Chaos Theory. The band will return to Thin Ice Studios with again Karl Groom producing. Rogue M. gave myself and Metal-Rules.com and exclusive preview of what the new CD is all about.  "ACT  is a conceptual album. Most of the songs are discussing the expansion and retrodegradation of the universe. The end is nothing such as the beginning was...this is a pessimistic view of our purpose on earth but a more positive message will be spread in the concept as well as realizing the fate of entropy, men will turn to urge to live the present times rather than exploring the past or projecting the future. Carpe Diem if you wish."  The release date will be sometime  in the first quarter of 2002. 

The face of the band has changed drastically in the last little while with the addition of a new rhythm section. Joining ShadowKeep on bass is Steve Scott formerly of the band Dragonheart. Steve is a New Zealand native now living in England. He was recommended to the band by their producer Karl Groom who had worked with him in the studio with Dragonheart and felt that he would be great addition to the band.  Joining Steve as the backbone of the ShadowKeep sound is former Angel Witch drummer Scott Higham. Higham has brought his live experience and his songwriting abilities to the ShadowKeep table to help improve the band and help them create an album that will outdo their last CD Corruption Within

You can read more information about ShadowKeep at their website www.shadowkeep.co.uk You can also read the interview I did with lead vocalist Rogue M. last year and you can also read a review of Corruption Within and 6 Track Mini Album

 
     





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