"Future Negative Fantasy" (2012)
"Another Look" EP (independent 2004)
"Ageless" (Monumental Group 2001)
Style: Power / Progressive Metal
Similiar Artists: Blind Guardian, Helloween, Angra
Music, like everything in our world, must evolve or face extinction. Ensuring the survival of its own darkened realm of metal is Philadelphia's own Shadowdance. Crushing riffs, blinding speeds, exotic textures and classical melodies are only a few of the tools used by this most intense of power metal bands to offer a new perspective on the genre. Shadowdance takes the heaviness and aggression of American power metal and fuses it with the speed and epic bombast of the European style. Twist in subtle hints of everything from Black Metal to Progressive to Latin Jazz music and you begin to see what sets Shadowdance apart from their peers. Every song is masterfully imbued with its own personality and flair. No two songs sound alike, yet there is a common stylistic edge that links them. Lyrically, they weave intricate stories based on real life and the hardships that can come with it; stories that anyone can relate to.....
After a variety of diverse projects in the late nineties, guitarist Carlos Alvarez put together a batch of songs with a notion of total artistic freedom. With the help of friends from within the Philadelphia metal community, Alvarez financed and recorded Shadowdances multi-faceted debut cd Ageless (released 2001), which has received critical acclaim both domestically and abroad. Vocalist George Eliassen, who had shared the stage with Alvarez in a previous band Cipher (ECLIPSE RECORDS), joined a few months later. With an undeniable vocal talent and extensive band experience, including two years of session work in Japan, Eliassen expertly projects the wide range of emotions that Shadowdances music represents. Currently putting the finishing touches to their newest batch of songs it is with this that you, the listener, are invited to share in the musical vision of Shadowdance...
SHADOWDANCE Releases New Album "Future Negative Fantasy":
Philadelphia based dark power/prog band Shadowdance have finally released their sophmore album titled "Future Negative Fantasy". The follow up to the 2001 album "Ageless", this 10 song album is now available as a digital release only at the moment with full streaming preview on their Bandcamp site http://shadowdance.bandcamp.com/ and for the low price of $6.66 in honor of this being the 30th anniversary of Iron Maiden's "Number Of The Beast". It is also available on iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id524006211?ign-mpt=uo%3D6 & Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Future-Negative-Fantasy-Explicit/dp/B007YO3Q10/ref=sr_shvl_album_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1336346879&sr=301-1
At just under an hour in length, "Future Negative Fantasy" showcases Shadowdance's penchant for crafting dark, powerful songs with incredibly memorable melodies. From the moody, crushing mid-tempo groove of opener "Neon Abyss", the exotic textures and epic scope of old Iced Earth inspired "Walk With Fate" (featuring a guest keyboard solo by Santeri Kallio of Amorphis), to the speed and grandiose of "Branded", "Balance" and the title track, this album offers a lot for everyone.
"Future Negative Fantasy" was mixed by guitarist Carlos Alvarez and mastered by Brett Caldas-Lima (Kalisia), who's worked with artists such as Cynic, Devin Townsend and Arjen Lucassen at his Tower Studio www.towerstudio.net
More info avaialble on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Shadowdance.Music
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