Released: 2013, Schwarzdorn Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Dark Man Shadow was formed in 1998. The band’s 16 year long history has not necessarily been productive. The band went on a hiatus in 2004 and are now back with their third release after a 10 year break. Dark Man Shadow provides theatrical metal with growling vocals accompanied by a soprano, female voice. We are not talking something as bombastic or thrillingly evil as Cradle Of Filth or bands as such. We are not talking pure power metal either, but a meeting between those two genres and you get the picture.
The rough productions suits Dark Man Shadow’s universe, but the songs all seems to be melting together and Dark Man Shadow could use some solid choruses. Soprano singer, Samotha, does a clean, good job and if it wasn’t for the beauty the beasty voice would not be able to carry the whole record.
Eventually it becomes a bit too much, a bit too boring and a bit too silly a times. The clean male vocal tries too hard and lack some skills when it comes to power and hitting all the right notes.
This is by far for everyone that does not find theatrical metal a slice bit interesting. If you are not looking for a soundtrack to your sword fighting and dragon slaying in the woods or a hide and seek in a foggy cemetery take a pass on Dark Man Shadow.
Review by Ellen Norvang