Burning Shadows made a lasting impression on me with their 2012 release Gather, Darkness!, which demonstrated a band that had a strong sound, good tunes, and a very capable singer; all essential components for power metal success.
I’m pleased to say that all of these components are still present and intact on Truth in Legend, arguably better represented than ever, in fact.
Burning Shadows play keyboard enriched power metal that takes influence from bands such as Iced Earth, Iron Maiden, Primal Fear, Judas Priest, and Blind Guardian.
The material on Truth in Legend is well-written and shows the band in a good light as they write songs on various fantasy themes and stories. With plenty of hooks and ideas, the tracks are instantly memorable, yet also have enough replayability to warrant returning to.
The guitars have decent crunch and bite to them, as well as plenty of engaging leads to get lost in. I really like the solos too. Yum.
There’s more than enough strong verses and powerful choruses belted out by the singer, (and backing singers), to make for a very enjoyable album. Not only has their lead singer got a quality singing voice, but his performance is infused with charisma and personality too. He can also play a role and take a more dramatic turn when he needs to as well, which is always a good talent to have.
I find that this is an album you can easily get taken away by as the melodies and harmonies fly out from the speakers and grab you firmly. After quite a break since their last release, it’s great to hear Burning Shadows return.