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Review: Where the Shadows Lie by Battlelore
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It is hard to explain this band to those who have never hear their Tolkien inspired lyrics. Their style has been called variously silk and steel, beauty and the beast, and symphonic metal. It is a mix of styles bringing together elements of rock, blues, folk, classical, and doom metal.
This is a brilliant album, recorded and mixed by Miitri Aaltonen at Music Bros Studios during July - November 2001.
Cover painting is “Morgoth and High King of Noldor” copyright Ted Nasmith and HarperCollins, 1998.
Kaisa Jouhki - vocals
Patrik Mennander - vocals
Tommi Havo - guitar
Jyri Vahvanen - guitar
Miika Kokkola - bass
Henri Vahvanen - drums
Maria - keyboards
Jyrki Myllärinen - Classical guitars
The lyrics are a bit weak on this track, but The mood and the music are a fitting ode to the Swordmaster.
The Grey Wizard
This song follows the formula established with the sword master. I happen to like the formula so I love the song. It tells Gandalf’s life story for the time he is the grey wizard.
Fitting its theme of Goblins on the warpath this track has a harder, more chaotic edge. The force of the blast beats and growling vocals evoke the stories of the Goblins and the Olog-hai.
Journey to Undying Lands
(See Video here)
Great song, mesmerizing and powerful.
The tale of Minas Morgul is told through a sparse song that barrows many elements from techno/industrial music, but it stays a symphonic metal song. This is probably my favorite track on the album.
Join the ents in their attack on Isengard. You have to love any song with the line: Die, die uruk-hai!
The Green Maid
The cleanest and most stripped down song on the album: nothing more than a guitar and vocals. Hauntingly beautiful and echoing. Luthien Tinuviel is well remembered in this retelling of the great love story from The Silmarillion.
Khazad-Dum, Pt 1 (Ages of Mithril)
The origin of Moria. I think this is an overly simplistic song for Battlelore.
Ride With the Dragons
The tale of Morgoth''s creation of the dragons. This song sent shivers through me at times, maybe from the story, maybe the music, or perhaps it was just the dragons.