Shadow Gallery

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Country United States
Added By Mike
15 years ago
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1992-2009 Metal
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8.4 x7
Symphonic Neo Prog Power Metal/Rock
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18 users rate this artist 7.0 or better, one user rates it lower. 13 users think it is prog, one user thinks it is merely related to prog and one user thinks that it's not prog. show details
Track Statistics The database currently contains 68 studio tracks by Shadow Gallery.
Track durations range from 16s to 34m 17s, averaging at 5m 59s with a standard deviation of 4m 40s.
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Comment by J-Man 11 years ago
Shadow Gallery - Shadow Gallery 1992
7.3
Neo Prog Power Metal
A solid debut from Shadow Gallery, but the production is terrible, and they are capable of MUCH more.
Comment by Mike
Shadow Gallery - Carved In Stone 1995
8.4
Celtic Epic Neo Prog Metal/Rock
I really like this album ... from all the Shadow Gallery albums it's the one with the most folk/celtic influences, and while there are some quite heavy bits it maintains a very acoustic sound. The epic (Ghostship) is outstanding ... it's like a more progressive version of Iron Maiden's Rime of the Ancient Mariner.
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Rating by Mike 14 years ago
Shadow Gallery - Shadow Gallery 1992
7.0
Neo Prog Metal/Rock
Review by Bj-1 14 years ago <Permalink>
Shadow Gallery - Shadow Gallery 1992
7.6
A good debut album from Shadow Gallery. While it struggles with production issues, it clearly shows that this band have their talents compositionally and technically. This is a dark, mysterious and pleasant album, although it have it's lacks here and there. Fans must check this one out for sure, but causual listeners are recommended to wait a bit until they have acquired some of Shadow Gallery's other albums first. Good album, with the final "The Queen of The City of Ice" being a glorious standout.
Review by Mike 15 years ago <Permalink>
Shadow Gallery - Tyranny 1998
9.2
Technical Neo Prog Metal
This is as well a masterpiece as their latest effort, Room V. Tyranny is often compared to Queensryche's Operation: Mindcrime, but I don't think that this is appropriate. Shadow Gallery is more prog, whereas Queensryche is more mainstream rock/metal. Let me clarify that I love Mindcrime as well and consider it to be a masterpiece, too. But it is more accessible than Tyranny, which takes some more time to grow on you.

Many friends of mine listened to it and then complained about it being boring, and all songs sound the same. It is true that Shadow Gallery (like Symphony X, for that matter) have their own sound, that
they vary a little bit from song to song, but not as much as for example Dream Theater did on Images And Words or Awake.

But Tyranny is about killer melodies (the ballads, Spoken Words), stunning guitar/keyboard acrobatics (Stiletto in the Sand), and interesting and credible lyrics (New World Order). The musicians easily match the qualities of Romeo, Petrucci, Rudess and the likes. The singer is also very nice, although when you first hear the vocals you find the voice a little too unspectacular ... but it grows on you just like the
whole package!
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Review by Mike 15 years ago <Permalink>
Shadow Gallery - Room V 2005
9.1
Symphonic Prog Metal/Rock
This is the Shadow Gallery masterpiece that the fans have been waiting for: A worthy successor of Tyranny, with elements from all their other albums - most prominently Carved In Stone - thrown in ... let me rephrase that: carefully interwoven. The songs are divided in the two acts III and IV, which shows that this is really meant to be the successor to Tyranny.

Listening to the first song the heritage becomes obvious anyway, as it's basically an Overture to the new songs as well as a summary of Tyranny, constructed in a manner similar to the Overture 1928 on Dream
Theater's concept album or the Neal Morse opuses. I don't want to go into too much detail on the music, because it really boils down to being "just" what they did on Tyranny and Carved In Stone, but with lots of fresh ideas and beautiful melodies.

The story picks up pieces of Tyranny, but although I didn't give it much thought (didn't listen and simultaneously read the booklet), it obviously isn't about a new world order, but more about the personal life of the protagonists.

Mr. Arjen Lucassen makes a guest appearance, and tracks 2 and 3 feature beautiful female vocals in the same unusual manner as on Tyranny (quite low registers, I wonder if it's the same singer).

One word about the BONUS DISC: Among some acoustic versions and demos of the Room V songs, there's an absolute highlight: The 25 minute medley Floydian Memories. While it's basically a medley, where typically passages from different songs are put together, this track goes one step further and merges different Pink Floyd tracks in a psychedelic way. Marvelous. Wonderful. Masterpiece.

What a pity that apparently they don't tour ... maybe that changes with them signing on to InsideOut, let's hope so!
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Comment by Mike
Shadow Gallery - Legacy 2001
8.2
Prog Metal
This is not the best Shadow Gallery album ... but it get's a
high score from me because of the brilliant epic and the first
track. Colors might be the weakest track, but given some time
it begins to grow on you as well.
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Tyranny 1998
 #1

9.0 x11
Technical Neo Prog Metal/Rock
Room V 2005
 #2

8.4 x11
Symphonic Technical Prog Metal/Rock
Carved In Stone 1995
 #3

8.4 x9
Epic Neo Prog Metal/Rock
Legacy 2001
 #4

8.4 x8
Prog Metal/Rock
Digital Ghosts 2009
 #5

7.9 x7
Eclectic Prog Metal
Shadow Gallery 1992
 #6

7.7 x6
Neo Prog Power Metal/Rock
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Digital Ghosts 2009
 7 years ago
rushfan4
7.7
Prog Metal
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 7 years ago
rushfan4
8.8
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Legacy 2001
 7 years ago
rushfan4
8.8
Prog Metal
Tyranny 1998
 7 years ago
rushfan4
9.1
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Carved In Stone 1995
 7 years ago
rushfan4
8.4
Prog Metal
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rushfan4
8.2
Neo Prog Power Metal
Digital Ghosts 2009
 10 years ago
rushfan4
7.7
Prog Metal
Digital Ghosts 2009
 10 years ago
rushfan4
7.7
Prog Metal
Digital Ghosts 2009
 10 years ago
rushfan4
7.7
Prog Metal
Digital Ghosts 2009
 10 years ago
rushfan4
7.7
Prog Metal
Room V 2005
 10 years ago
Mike
9.1
Symphonic Prog Metal/Rock
Digital Ghosts 2009
 10 years ago
rushfan4
7.7
Prog Metal
Digital Ghosts 2009
 10 years ago
Spitf1r3
8.6
Prog Metal
Digital Ghosts 2009
 10 years ago
Windhawk
8.2
Eclectic Prog Metal
Tyranny 1998
 11 years ago
Mike
9.2
Technical Neo Prog Metal
Shadow Gallery 1992
 11 years ago
J-Man
7.3
Neo Prog Power Metal
Room V 2005
 11 years ago
Mike
9.1
Symphonic Prog Metal/Rock
Room V 2005
 12 years ago
Mike
9.1
Symphonic Prog Metal/Rock
Legacy 2001
 12 years ago
rushfan4
8.8
Prog Metal
Tyranny 1998
 12 years ago
rushfan4
9.1
Prog Metal