Let me tell the readers of Rock Eyez that we cover many different genres of rock music. Most of the promo CD’s we receive are power metal, heavy metal, black metal and some hard rock. But I just received one of the best CDs I have heard in some time. It is from a band called Shadow Gallery “Room V.”
It really doesn’t matter what genre you listen to, this CD has it all from power metal, hard rock to classic rock. The talent in Shadow Gallery is impeccable. They will mesmerize you with their lyrics and their music from track one to track fourteen (unbelievable).
The latest CD is a masterpiece that I really can’t say enough about it. The style of the music brings you from a Zebra sound to ASIA. Track one is an instrumental reminiscent of EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER. Track-two is a ballad in the style of Air Supply that features a special female guest vocalist Laura Jaeger with vocalist Mike Baker. “The Andromeda Strain” changes vocal range for Mr. Baker sounding like Alice Cooper and Randy Jackson (Zebra) with some great guitar riffs.
“Vow” is the highlight track on the CD sounding if it was taken from a ZEBRA album. This track is FANTASTIC still at eight minutes and twenty-five seconds and I must say that I did not want this song to end. It is melodic with a great chorus that puts you in a state of floating angels. “Birth of A Daughter” brings another changing sound like Pink Floyd for the first 20 seconds then rippling guitar pound drums then speed comes into play. Just imagine this is an instrumental (great). The song does not end and flows into track six named “Death of a Mother” which is another instrumental with heavy keyboards with screeching guitar.
“Seven Years” is like opening your eyes to a wonderful new world with flutes playing, acoustic guitar and keyboards. “Dark” opens with breaking glass and a young girl screaming “daddy… daddy” - a short keyboard collage that eases into track ten “Torn” that reminds me of ASIA and ZEBRA. The guitars on “Torn” are phenomenal.
Track-eleven sounds like early Alice Cooper singing with E.L.P. The last track “Rain” opens with ringing sounds of Yngwie Malmsteen then achorus with vocals. It is sad that everything comes to an end.
I wish I had the past four CD’s of Shadow Gallery to see how the band has changed (if they have). If people like me who never heard of Shadow Gallery get a listen to this band, these guys could be superstars. Not one bad track on this whole CD.
- Brendt Allman - Guitar, bass, vocals
- Carl Cadden-James - Bass, vocals, flute
- Mike Baker - Lead Vocals
- Joseph Nevolo - Drums
- Gary Wehrkamp - Piano, guitar, keyboards, bass
- Comfort Me
- The Andromeda Strain
- Birth of a Daughter
- Death of a Mother
- Seven Years
- The Archer of Ben Salem
- Room V