CD REVIEW Shadowside

Band: Shadowside
Album title: Inner Monster Out
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Distributor: /
Release date: 11/05/2012
Release: CD

Shadowside was formed in the city of Santos, Brazil. The band got attention in its early years for their attitude and passion on stage. They released a demo EP, praised by the local Metal media and helped build a loyal fan base after a few intense live performances. And so much attention created high expectations for their debut album Theatre of Shadows, which was released in 2005 in Brazil, at that time considered one of the best records ever released in the country. The result got them a tour supporting Helloween in Brazil and a few concerts around the United States.

Their latest (and third) album can best be described as a female fronted traditional metal band with some power metal and thrash influences. Although Brazilian based, it doesn't sound anything like their countries pride Sepultura or any other project by Max Cavalera, which is a good thing. They want to stand out, and in a way they do. Its good metal, here and there do have a feeling they sound a bit like Lacuna Coil, but with more complexity. But here and there the vocals lack some power to stand out from the rest from the band (maybe even from others in the genre). In the end a good solid metal record definitely worth checking out.

78/100

Jeroen.