In The Shadow Of A Thousand Suns
Label: Candlelight Records
With harrowing guitars, throaty growls, elaborate orchestral keys and overall soundtrack-like intensity, this American band's first full-length is a great addition to the symphonic black metal scene mostly dominated by Norwegians. The album may be arranged with textbook precision, but it is in no short supply of energy or atmosphere. Opening with "The World Beyond" and hammering on with highlights like the dramatic "Into the Ashes" and epic "Empyrean: Into the Cold Wastes," In the Shadow of a Thousand Suns never slows down and never bores.