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SHADOWKEEP - Corruption Within

European Import : NL2010

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SHADOWKEEP:
Richie Wicks (vocals)
Chris Allen (guitar, vocals)
Stony Grantham (bass)
Nikki Robson (guitar)
Scott Highham (drums)
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At the end of the Nineties the often fickle Heavy Metal scene in England was almost dead. It was time for the guitar duo Chris Allen and Nicki Robson to give the scene a transfusion. Together with the brilliant Belgian vocalist Rogue Marechel they formed Shadowkeep in 1999. A short while later the trio took over the Thin Ice Studios in Surrey, in order to record their first self financed mini album with James Daley handling bass duties and Russel King initially on drums, later replaced by Dave Edwards. The result was a Mini CD of six songs produced by Karl Groom, guitarist of the British Progressive Metal band Threshold. He had already recognised the musicians' enormous potential and his feelings were right - they hit the scene like a bomb dropping. The song 'Dark Tower' rapidly became a download hit on www.mp3.com with its healthy blend of power and melody, influenced by bands such as Helstar, Crimson Glory, Queensrÿche and Fates Warning. Rogue's tremendous voice, often compared with and reminiscent of heroes such as James Rivera and Geoff Tate, leads the charge powered by the guitar work of Chris and Nicki that is both complex and made of cast iron heaviness. Shortly after the release of their demo recording, their rendering of 'Queen Of The Reich' for the Queensrÿche tribute sampler, 'Rebellion' (Dwell Records, USA) served to increase interest in the band. So much so that in 2000 Shadowkeep toured as support act for Dio and Halford before signing a contract with Limb Music Products. In September of the same year the first full Shadowkeep album 'Corruption Within' was released. The album received an enthusiastic response in the world-wide underground press and some magazines even named the band the Best English Newcomer Band. It was therefore a logical consequence, that Shadowkeep appeared at one of Britain's most important metal festival, 'Bloodstock' in June 2001 on the same billing as Saxon, Blaze and Glenn Hughes. A short while later the band again entered the Thin Ice Studios under the guidance of Karl Groom in order to produce their second album, 'A Chaos Theory' for which they enhanced their rhythm section yet again. Drummer Scott Higham, of Angel Witch, and New Zealand bassist Steve Scott were the new boys in the line-up. Even before 'A Chaos Theory' was released, Shadowkeep headlined the first day of the German 'Headbangers Open-Air' festival near Hamburg and crowned this with a great club show on the second day of the 'Bang Your Head' open-air festival in Balingen, southern Germany. Once again the reaction of fans and press alike was overwhelmingly positive. However, lineup concerns began to plague the band just as they verged on greater international success. ShadowKeep also played Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles festival in Cleveland during June 2004 alongside such bands as Flotsam & Jetsam, Doro, Metal Church and more. SK were also joined by American bassist Stony Grantham for the festival & his first show with the band.
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