|Metal/Prog Metal CD Reviews|
Behind the Shadows Lie Madness
Review by Jeremy Seffens
Made in the great spirit of fantasy-like metal, Behind the Shadows Lie Madness transitions the listener into the world of Mithras (Rayner Coss and Leon Macey). Once there, all-out headbanging and moshing is permitted through this duo's heavy lyrics and heavier instrumental work.
|Track by Track Review
|The Journey and the Forsaken|
This opens the album to ease you into what Mithras is all about. Starting with a new-age intro, an evil fantasy-like overtone overtakes the song before guitars come in, leading into the next track.
|To Fall from the Heavens|
A guitar/drum loop comes in to plow through the number with heavy-hitting guitar solos.
|Under the Three Spheres|
With another loop, this track focuses more on the lyrics.
|Into Black Holes of Oblivion|
This one puts more emphasis on the drums with hyped-up rudimentary licks.
|When the Light Fades Away|
A guitar/organ duo works through this short cut that is reminiscent of Iron Butterfly.
|Behind the Shadows|
Beginning with another loop, this one converts from guitar emphasis to drums. Gradually, fantasy-like guitar overtones bleed in, nearly catching you off guard when you notice them.
|Awaken Man and Stone|
Coming in like a machine gun, this cut provides what any headbanger needs. Utilizing the band's fantasy-like guitar work, they aren't shy to show off what they can do here.
|The Twisted Tower|
This one starts off with a different tone than the rest of the album. Reminiscing older Metallica, the slower beat progresses before the hard-hitting end.
|To Where the Sun Never Leaves|
Entering with another fantasy-like intro, this piece features a great tempo to sit back and foot-tap to some massive drum hits. By the end, the foot-tapping turns into full blown headbanging.
|The Beacon Beckons|
This track starts off rather mellow, sounding like something from a carnival. As the guitar gradually fades in, you get the feeling of Mithras again until it fades back out.
|Thrown Upon the Waves|
Turning the album back into the ear-bursting ravaging of the senses, this cut leaves the listener in awe of the fearless force shown. An short interlude cuts in halfway through, but the song comes back full-force.
|Into the Unknown|
As the disc concludes, this composition sounds as though made to help one lunge back into reality with the twisting of sound.
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