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When Shadows Fall
March 2009
Released: 2008, Cruz Del Sur Music
Rating: 1.5/5
Reviewer: Crystal Rhynes

European group, Reflection, fail to impress on their current release WHEN SHADOWS FALL. In fact, I was hard pressed to find something constructive to say about the album. So if you are a die-hard fan of the band, please read no further.

The sound of the band is clearly reminiscent of Mercyful Fate from the 1980s from the slow, dragging “doom” feel of the music to the operatic vocal style of singer Leo Stivala. The rhythm section of the band featuring John Litinakis on bass and George Pavlantis on drums drives the sound of the band with a fairly tight connection. However, personally, I just could not get past the vocals which, frankly, made me want to shoot myself in the head. While trying to pattern himself in the realm of vocal legends such as King Diamond, Stivala fails to bring the excitement or energy necessary to bring to life a batch of songs designed to be “epic”.

To be honest, the only song on the CD that I listened to in its entirety was track #5, Whispers of the Lost. This was mainly due to the fact that there is no singing on the song and it is only about a minute long. That said, I did enjoy the guitar sound on track #6, Lost. With kind of a punchy rhythm, they were the only interesting thing musically about an album fraught with mediocrity.

That criticism aside, the engineering and production on the album are top notch and whoever is responsible for that should feel very proud since they were the main reason the CD even rated a 1.5
Track Listing

1. Entering the Sea
2. Mistress of Sea
3. Ghost Ship
4. When Shadows Fall
5. Whispers of the Lost…
6. Lost
7. Desert Land
8. Soul Salvation
9. Eyes of the Night
10. Serpent’s Eyes
11. Kingdom of Fire
12. Mistress of Sea (orchestral version)


Leo Stivala – Vocals
Stathis Pavlantis – Guitar
John Litinakis - Bass
George Pavlantis – Drums
Iraklis Loukakis – Keyboards

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