Shadowlands - The Ultimate Demise Of A Dream

Monday 1st June 1998
Shadowlands - The Ultimate Demise Of A Dream

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Independent

Reviewed by Mike Rimmer

Strident Oz rock from this five-piece whose songs rip into the injustice of the world and the apathy of the Church with a passion that threatens to knock the listener out of complacency. Brooding rock music is the vehicle and this is a creative set of seven songs that will appeal to both believer and non-believer alike. This is no Bible bashing sermonising but rather a worldly wise examination of contemporary issues, shining the light of God's justice into some dark corners. Outstanding are "On The Move" and "My World Order" which both look at greed and poverty and the so called market forces which we blame for such things thus assuaging our guilt for not making a difference. "More" is an atmospheric funky indie sound which examines the impact of gaining wealth on the happiness of the soul. It also contains some blistering guitar from Rob Turton. The brilliant thing is how the band manage to critique these hard subjects without being obvious lyrically whilst still hitting the target every time. There's even a poem as a coda to the final track "Now I'm Gone". Plenty here to impress.

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