Shadow Gallery - Legacy review


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Band: Shadow Gallery
Album: Legacy
Release date: 2001

01. Cliffhanger 2
    1 - Hang On
    2 - The Crusher
02. Destination Unknown
03. Colors
04. Society Of The Mind
05. Legacy
06. First Light

Shadow Gallery's 2001 release Legacy is a much more speedy release in the timeline of the band than the three and four year separations between past albums in their discography. The band returned in 1999 with new drummer Joe Nevolo. The result is two consistent albums featuring catchy melodic progressive rock/metal. Legacy is much more adventurous then it's predecessor with musicianship then on conceptuality. The epic and grandiose progression of building technical musicality shows up as in introduction and epic conclusion on Legacy while shorter melodic mid-paced progressive pieces make up the middle. Legacy does not fail to deliver the flawless off-time erratic riffs, soft/hard arrangements, speeding up and slowing down in crazy time signatures and layers upon layers of virtuosity in every song. If you like consistent skillful soloing presented as if there were almost no effort involved at all due to the sheer genius of what you're hearing then Legacy is an album you want.

The song Cliffhanger 2 - the stunning conclusion to Cliffhanger off of Shadow Gallery's 1995 album Carved in Stone - set me up for the technical wizardry and mayhem that was going to ensue in the rest of the album. I knew that upon listening to this album that it was going to blow me away. Many fans of this album say that it changed the way they think about the evolution of the genre. Bands like Shadow Gallery that push a song like Cliffhanger 2 right from the beginning to the end clearly shows that progressive music has a strong future. Poppy piano trinkets and boy-band like choruses continue to haunt the band in the choruses of songs like Destination Unknown and Colors. The two tracks that followed the stunning Cliffhanger had awful cheesy vocal and piano work but, seriously, who cares? Do you care? Nobody cares! Shadow Gallery still composes dazzling progressive metal music on these two songs. I find this highly unique because Shadow Gallery takes contemporary elements and melodic progressive metal and makes it work. Because they are so good at doing what they do, nothing will sound bad by them no matter how popish and commercial it sounds. Two tracks before the progressive metal phenomenon that is First Light snap the listener back into what was going on with Cliffhanger 2. The same heaviness is there, the same progressive musical buildup to technical brilliance. There are more boy band-like choruses here in both songs, but they work better here then in the less heavy tracks that came before. Finally, although First Light is an epic, it does lag on a bit. The pounding and effective repetition of the chorus guitar riff work is well done. The four minute introduction to what I really wanted didn't help my patience. This also doesn't need to be 34 minutes long. Along with the dragging piano and chorus work, there are also spaces of silence in between some parts in the song.

One thing to take away from Legacy is that any fan of the band has all his expectations met. The technical progressive wizardry returned, especially on the first and final track; building rather nicely into sheer mouth-dropping awe. Piano trinkets and poppy chorus work was made quite dominant in the more relaxed offerings and short but memorable pieces of catchy melodic progressive rock were also delivered. Legacy therefore stands out as a solid and memorable gem in the Shadow Gallery discography.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 10
Songwriting: 10
Originality: 9
Production: 10

Written by Kap'N Korrupt | 12.07.2006


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Comments: 5   Visited by: 64 users
18.11.2006 - 17:51
I've heard many times about the awesomeness of this band, but I don't know where to begin to. Which album do you recommend?
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19.11.2006 - 02:23
Kap'N Korrupt
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@Largos: I strongly recommend every one of their albums...each one is as good as the last...
19.11.2006 - 02:44
Although I loved Tyranny, I felt nothing while listening to Legacy. It bored the hell out of the devil in me. The intensity of the storyline developped in Tyranny is probably missing. Also, I found the production to be "flat", not very expressive and that the compositions didn't bring in anything new.
To me it was a disappointment at the time it was released but I guess it's a grower, you have to listen to it many times before feeling how good it may be.
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19.11.2006 - 03:02
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@wratchchild: That is very understandable...the album does come off as a tad mechanical..a lot of the compositions aren't very heartfelt and feel a little too contrived and have that pretensious 'look at what I can do!' feel of prog...

The song Colors pisses me off hahaha... "so many different ways to look at many different calahs" lol

My favorite song on the album is Society Of The Mind..very catchy melodic progressive rock without going overboard on the timbre...

This album is one of their more poppier albums...I've heard people call bands like Shadow Gallery 'gateway prog'

My favorite part of the album is at 6:54 into Cliffhanger 2...very progressive, very well done, very well takes off fully and without too much showoffedness...
09.01.2008 - 18:08
Carved in Stone - Cliffhanger

This was the song that hooked me. After that I knew the band had obvious talent. Ghostship on Carved in Stone is also incredible. The first cd is also pretty solid. I didn't care much for Tyranny at all. The song "HOPE FOR US" made me wanna gag. Of course there's no hope for us. Room V is pretty solid too.

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