SCREAMING SHADOWS - IN THE NAME OF GOD - MY GRAVEYARD
Screaming Shadows is a young Italian underground band saddling the border between heavy and power metal. The talented band has great songs, an amazing singer and a terrific guitarist who overshadows his band-mates whenever the leads kick in. Now, and to answer a likely question, it is not clear whether the band is a white metal act or not. Titles like In The Name Of God (and what one can understand from its lyrics), Damned Soul and The Holy Grail might either be indications of the band’s religious leanings or be a part of a conceptual album. Either way, the music is impressive and superb.
Vocalist Luigi Usai might have too high a pitch for some fans, but his voice would hardly come as a shock to fans of Italian metal. Check out his scream on Open The Doors. The leads, either courtesy of Francesco Marras or Andrea Giribaldi, are both abundant and terrific, whilst the rest of the band also does a decent job of creating pure heavy metal. Damned Soul features a lead akin to something Yngwie would create, while its following track broken Promises (Part 1) is mostly a slow number with acoustic guitar. Part 2 of the song is also a melodic number until drifting into a crunchy speed metal part with, what else, high-pitched vocals and great guitars. In contrast, The Holy Grail (piano reprise) is cheesy and pointless. The Shits Are Everywhere (don’t know!) is more along the lines of Edguy, while the bonus track Dark Shadow impresses with an emotional vocal performance and a great feeling.
Judging by In The Name Of God Screaming Shadows is about to become a better-known metal band if there is any justice in this world. In other words, don’t hold your breath. - Ali “The Metallian”