SHADOWCAST - Space Age Revolution

Shadowcast - Space Age Revolution

11 songs
51:13 minutes
***** **


After their first two records Desperate Accuse Dimensions (2002) and Near Life Experience (2003), Austrian electro metal band Shadowcast are back eight long years later with their third album Space Age Revolution.

Listening to their music, one might get the impression that time stood still for the four Austrians. Most tracks are very danceable club songs that should mostly appeal to the gothic, wave and industrial factions. Even though this is not my favourite style of music, I have to concede that there are a couple of really strong moments on this comeback album. The keyboards have a very dominant role, but always leave enough space for heavy guitar riffs. This reminds me partly of Crematory, although Shadowcast have an even more electronic approach. I especially like the title track where the combination of playful riffs and extreme vocals works perfectly. Killing Lifestyle starts out rather plainly, but its catchy chorus won’t get out of my mind anymore, which might be considered a good sign. Another special and quite incomparable track is the multilayered Hellsong with its strange yet appealing blubbering sounds. The concluding, short Jigga Jigga sounds as if ELO were rocking it out for a change.

Next to some other good songs, there is unfortunately also some weaker material present. Moments is rather quiet and contains some interesting pagan elements, but loses its momentum somewhere along the line. Zero Zone is another example of a piece overstaying its welcome, and the droning vocals are also not exactly my thing. Change Of Belief offers some trip hop, but guest vocalist Johanna Supan doesn’t manage to save this otherwise too quiet song.

Space Age Revolution can be considered a musical rollercoaster ride. Next to some highs you will encounter your fair share of lows. No track is that bad that you feel yourself forced to skip forward, but they still disturb the otherwise positive impression. Fans of the aforementioned genres will probably fare better, and I still have to admit that Shadowcast are working very open-mindedly and never shy away from allowing every possible style into their music.

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