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Album Review

Shadow Gallery's third album is a concept album about a defense worker's search for meaning after becoming disenchanted with his job. The music is somewhat softer than it was on Carved in Stone, but has much the same sound and the same intricate production. Guest vocalists James LaBrie of Dream Theater and DC Cooper of Royal Hunt add their talents to this album. As with other Shadow Gallery albums, this album features a good mix of fast and slow and long and short songs. Everything on the album is well written, performed and produced. The featured tracks of the album would seem to be the two longest, "I Believe" and "New World Order" which feature LaBrie and Cooper, respectively. However, Tyranny is an album that flows so well that it's difficult to think of songs individually.

Customer Reviews

Super Great

An excellent example of progressive metal. There other albums are great also.

cool band

I think this band is really cool. if your kinda sick of that same old metal beat (which is awsome) but u just need a break from that, download this. it is original in some sense and it sounds great. if you are not sure if u like them or not I would definetly download the songs Christmas Day, or Stilletto In The Sand. their both awsome. if your do not like those songs you will probably not like the rest of them. jus to make sure buy chased. its also good

One Of Progressive Metal's Best Artists' Best Albums

With their astounding technicality, beautiful and richly complex songwriting, and one of the best (the best in my opinion) vocalists in all of the metal scene (rest in peace, Mike Baker), progressive metal group Shadow Gallery are known as some of the greatest artists of their genre. One of their best albums, it (as usual) is composed of an even combination of fast, prog-METAL tracks and PROG-metal ballads. While reading that the album is half ballad may seem alarming, there is no need for disdain as they are yet more layered and complicated in structure, highly distinct of each other, and contain fantastic technicality in solos, even if the tracks are highly emotional and soothing rather than driving. I'll admit to being a strong metal fan, yet even I enjoy these ballads -and just as much as the other tracks at that. While I'm a bit horrified at seeing a previous reviewer stated that Petrucci (of Dream Theater) performed as solidly as usual in this album, the technicality and writing are every bit worthy of this accidental compliment. Listening to the tracks (full-length, not the pathetic 30 second preview) 'Stiletto In The Sand', 'War For Sale', and 'Hope For Us?' provides a decent picture of the purchase, while there is no filler material. This is one of progressive metal's best albums; highly recommended.


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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