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If it looks like a 1970s/1980s metal band and sounds like a 1970s/1980s metal band, it just might be a 1990s/2000s metal band instead. Item: Reflection's When Shadows Fall is a 2008 release that draws most if its inspiration from pre-1990s metal, and there is none of the punk influence that is a big part of so much metal in the 21st century. From alternative metal to death metal and black metal to metalcore, punk's influence on post-'80s metal has been enormous. But When Shadows Fall, which is this Greek band's third album, is decidedly old-school when it comes to riffs, melodies, and lyrics. Reflection's work is often described as "epic/doom metal," which is accurate; the fantasy-based lyrics have that epic quality, and the melodies and riffs are slow and deliberate. When Shadows Fall could be described as a combination of Black Sabbath, Ronnie James Dio, and Candlemass, with hints of bands like Uriah Heep and Budgie. This 47-minute CD is consistently melodic — and even though the songs rock aggressively, none of them are terribly harsh or abrasive (certainly not by 2008 standards). Reflection like to describe their work as not only "epic/doom metal," but more specifically, "Hellenic epic/doom metal" — and in fact, there are occasional elements of Greek music on When Shadows Fall. But the album as a whole might have been more distinctive and original-sounding if that Greek influence had been more prominent. More often than not, When Shadows Fall plays it safe, but it's still a nicely crafted and enjoyable outing — especially if one fancies 21st century headbangers who stubbornly hold on to their love of metal from the 1970s and 1980s.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

The first Japanese signings to London's notorious Clear Records, Reflection seem to have more on their minds than simply updating '80s electro with the tweak of '90s technology. A production trio of Ichiro (programming) and Kenji Taniguchi (programming, occasional guitar) with supervisor Nobukazi Takemura, Reflection deals in intelligent electro, working in flourishes of everything from bossa nova spice to acid squelching -- basically any style of exotica within reach of the last forty years. The...
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