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Album Review

Legacy is Shadow Gallery's fourth disc, and certainly one of their best. Those who say Shadow Gallery is prog metal rather than progressive rock should really give this disc a listen. Certainly there are plenty of metal influences, but there are also lots of moments that are much more closely tied to classic progressive rock. The songwriting on this disc is impeccable, as are both the performances and the production. The music ranges from metallic stylings to more sedate elements to powerful prog wanderings. The final cut on the CD is a 34-minute epic that will definitely keep you on your toes. It starts atmospheric and then begins a slow and powerful building process. The piece keeps being reinvented and reconstructed, with all the parts being very powerful and covering a wide range of styles. This piece is certainly one of the best the band has ever done yet, and, without question, is the creative pinnacle of the album. All you can say at the end of the adventure of this piece is "Wow."

Customer Reviews

craig hodges

If you are into progressiverock/metal, this is for you. Great lyrics, awesome vocals and of course the perfection of the instruments you expect from this kind of music. Not a bad song on the whole album. This is a preverbial "Perfect" album.


The whole album is great, but First Light could carry the whole thing on its own. Honestly I would still call this a great album if Justin Bieber had recorded the other 5 songs. The album is not quite as metal as some of Shadow Gallery's other work, having more in common with progressive rock. If you're bothered by that, you might prefer a different album. But if you prefer formulaic canned bands that produce the same thing over and over, you're probably not reading this anymore, because I offended you with my jab at Justin Bieber above.

Very close to a masterpiece! Excellent!

This is an excellent album despite the last 10 minutes of air and junk. Bands have a right to be creative, but it just detracts from an amazing album. Fortunately, it is at the end so you can move on easily. I really think this release is very close to masterpiece status, and should be rated more like 4.5/5. Any fan of Shadow Gallery or Progressive Metal should pick it up. The title track Legacy is excellent along with the two stellar tracks that anchor the album: Cliffhanger 2 and First Light. There are no bad tracks. I am enjoying it along with the two successors and expect to get the early releases next. This album is solid and should not be missed.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Shadow Gallery is a progressive rock band that stresses songwriting, production and performance in their music. Their songs are frequently long with instrumental pieces in the middle. Shadow Gallery's music is hard at times, soft at others, providing an interesting variety to the listener. Of the original members, Mike Baker (lead vocals) and Carl Cadden-James (bass, flute) remained for the 1992 debut CD Shadow Gallery. They were joined by Brendt Allman (lead guitar), Chris Ingles (keyboards) and...
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Legacy, Shadow Gallery
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Apr 10, 2001

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