Wuthering Heights

Shadow Cabinet

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Wuthering Heights just may have created a new subgenre of heavy metal -- frantic prog metal -- with their fourth studio release overall, 2007's The Shadow Cabinet. Sure, bands such as Iron Maiden, Queensr├┐che, and Dream Theater may have helped trailblaze prog metal. But Wuthering Heights take it to a whole new dramatic level on The Shadow Cabinet -- especially such triumphant tracks as "Demon Desire," "Faith -- Apathy Divine, Pt. 1," and "I Shall Not Yield." Not all of the album is an over the top prog metal frenzy, however -- "The Raven" lets the tempo drop down a notch or two, while "Sleep" is a showcase for the talents of lead vocalist Nils Patrik Johansson. Perhaps the ultimate litmus test for a prog metal album is how easily you can picture an armored knight storming a castle, during the good old tymes, to save a damsel in distress. With The Shadow Cabinet, you can picture this "scene" in three-dimensional Technicolor. [Note: a bonus live CD is also included with The Shadow Cabinet, titled Roaming Far from Home: Live at ProgPower 2004.]

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