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Shadow Host
Curse Of The Angeleye
June 2014
Released: 2005, CD Maximum
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: JP

Ever since discovering Shadow Host in March of 2014, I am methodically going back and reviewing their catalogue in order to support this fantastic band. This month I am looking at CURSE OF THE ANGELEYE from 2005, their third studio album.

This ten-track album came out on the CD Maximum label in late 2005 and demonstrated the high quality the band has become known for. The booklet is very well done with photos, lyrics in Russian and English and of course liner notes and so on. The cover is an excellent depiction of a classic warrior doing what they do best. The production is excellent everything nice and loud and well balanced.

The band was firmly entrenched in Power Metal at this point and was not yet starting to show the hints of interjecting the thrash component in their later albums. There was also some line-up instability since the previous album NEVERLAND back in 2002 with only the band founder/guitarist Arzamazov and drummer Kutaev remaining. CURSE OF THE ANGELEYE sees the introduction of singer Victor Lysy making him the third vocalist in three albums. At times it is hard to maintain consistency when your frontman keeps changing every album. However, Victor is a very strong with a great mid-range voice with grit and power to his delivery. I love his scream at the end of ‘Follow The Madness’. He is assisted by a female vocalist, Natalie, who contributes to the orchestral, symphonic introductory track. The whole album is very powerful and epic in scale. Even the ballad ‘The Angeleye’ with acoustic guitar and a slower pace is still very moving and forceful. The songs have it all; speed, power melody and a great sense of head-banging energy. The riffs are classic Metal riffs and the songs don’t get too progressive, the song is the focus.

I can’t say enough good things about this band, I hope you take the time to check them out. CURSE OF THE ANGELEYE is as good as album by any Western European Power Metal band, they just need more attention and exposure.
Track Listing

1. The Hour of Eclipse
2. Darkness Descends
3. Dying Beauty
4. Follow the Madness
5. The Angeleye
6. Final Prophecy
7. Before the Storm
8. No Chance to Survive
9. Condemned
10. The Hour of Damnation


Viktor Lysiy Vocals
Alexey Arzamazov Guitar
Andrey Smirnov Guitar
Alexey Zavolokin Bass
Sergey Kutaev Drums

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