Shadowdance – Future Negative Fantasy
Shadowdance – Future Negative Fantasy (2012)
Written by Christopher Foley
Album number two from US power metal act Shadowdance – their first in twelve years – is a decidedly by-the-numbers affair. If there’s any one band I’d have to say they remind me of across Future Negative Fantasy, it would have to be Iced Earth at their most propulsive, although there are also some moments which remind me of the likes of Mystic Prophecy, later Jag Panzer, and Nevermore too.
The sound here on Future Negative Fantasy has a decidedly modern feel to it. Clarity between instruments is good, and there is some good use of keyboards as a supporting instrument. Singer George Eliassen comes off as a mix between Matt Barlow, Urban Breed, and Bruce Dickinson (which is certainly cool), and for the most part the vocals are definitely one of the highlights on the album.
The rest of the instruments are good, though unspectacular. There are some speedy, Jon Schaffer-esque riffs mixed in with some chunkier Nevermore style pummeling, which is cool enough. The rhythm section is relatively impressive as well, and another highlight on the album, boasting an energetic drum performance and some nice audible bass. I normally have a lot of time for US power metal, and as such I have to say I was expecting a little more from Future Negative Fantasy. Whilst this is without a doubt well performed and well produced, the material itself tends to go over my head. Maybe I’m outgrowing some of this stuff, but I just don’t feel Shadowdance bringing anything particularly exciting to the table, or anything I haven’t heard before for that matter.
I’m left with little else to add here. If you’re a fan of Iced Earth, Nevermore, or even Future’s End, then Future Negative Fantasy might provide a suitable amount of enjoyment. If you’ve already exhausted all you can from this particular style or lack interest then I can assure you won’t be missing much.
3.0 // 5