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“The Shadow Cabinet” by Wuthering Heights

Artist: Wuthering Heights
Title: “The Shadow Cabinet”
Label: Sensory Records
Release Date: 1/17/2007
Genre: Symphonic Power Metal
Rating: 4/5

If you’re longing for some speedy drumming, lightning guitar riffing and vocals that are as resounding as a call to battle then Denmark’s own Wuthering Heights are just what the doctor ordered to cure your ills. Their fourth album “The Shadow Cabinet” wastes little time in knocking the doors down in proper Power Metal fashion but right off the bat it’s interesting to hear how the band uses many elements more commonly found in that of Folk Metal. The other standout point is that lead singer Nils Patrik Johansson sounds very much like the legendary Ronnie James Dio and offers the listener some sense of familiarity even if they have never heard anything by the band before. With all of these factors working together the Danes are able to execute some truly epic tunes that are very difficult to remain standing still during. They also decided to change their pattern with this album as instead of connecting the releases as they had during their first three recordings this one would be comprised of songs that stood proudly on their own. During a number of them I felt twinges of old Blind Guardian coming into play and when you listen to tunes like “Faith” and “Seize The Night” I am sure that many of you would agree. “Envy” has a strong Celtic feel to it at point and I always love the way that sound comes across in heavy music but the track also switches gears at several other instances which make it a little difficult to label as one particular genre focused tune.
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