Tree of Shadows rightfully has a reputation of being a wonderful live band, and the true test for any live band is whether or not they can bring their magic to the recording. With their debut, Pause, they certainly have. Once referred to as "16th century rock & roll," this reviewer would have no choice to but to concur with that description, as this recording certainly is that. Tree of Shadows employs all of the sounds, motives, and instruments of the 16th century period and is vaguely reminiscent of the troubadours of that time, but they have the energy of a rock & roll band. Tree of Shadows' debut, Pause, certainly has its own sound, with the sounds of their modal guitar lines again reminiscent of the works in the early-guitar repertoire and Jeff Maxwell's voice being a mix between Ozzy Osbourne and somebody doing a thespian Shakespeare monologue. Tree of Shadows has produced an excellent and well-crafted recording that truly brings their live sound to life. Listeners can do no better than to give this unique recording a listen.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Borghi