Burning Shadows – “Beneath the Ruins EP”

Burning Shadows – “Beneath the Ruins EP”
Rafchild Records
6 December 2019

Formed in 2000, Maryland-based US power metal band Burning Shadows brings to life tales based on or inspired by weird fiction and high-fantasy authors. Heavily influenced by the stalwart vanguards of the genre such as Iced Earth, Blind Guardian, Jag Panzer, and Primal Fear, Burning Shadows creates a powerful blend of US- and European-style power metal.

As with past Burning Shadows releases, songs on Beneath the Ruins directly draw inspiration from 20th century authors. “Blacken the Sky” and “Monuments of Rust” are inspired by HP Lovecraft’s flash fiction short story “Memory,” originally published in 1923. “The Grey Company (Paths of the Dead)” is based on the Dead Men of Dunharrow from JRR Tolkien’s third volume of Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, which was previously visited in Burning Shadows’s 2010 song, “Oathbreaker.” Finally, “The Red Key” is based on the short story “The Thing on the Roof” by Robert E. Howard, published in 1932.

The Bandcamp and CD versions of Beneath the Ruins include exclusive bonus tracks. The first is a fifth new song, “The Shadow From the Steeple,” based on Robert Bloch’s short story of the same name, and is a sequel to “The Haunter of the Dark,” a short story by HP Lovecraft and a song from Burning Shadows’s 2008 release, Into the Primordial. Also included are two live tracks, “The Last One to Fall,” recorded live at Swordmetal Fest VII on September 16, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, and “Oathbreaker,” recorded live in Burning Shadows’s home state, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA on February 10, 2019.

This EP is the first BURNING SHADOWS CD to be released on Rafchild Records, based in Marburg, Germany.

Tom Davy – Lead Vocals
Tim Regan – Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
David Spencer – Drums, Vocals
Christopher Malerich – Lead Guitar
Aaron El-Zeftawy – Bass

Country: USA
Genre: Power Metal