Ah to be young and talented, with the world of rock 'n roll laid out ahead of you. That is right where the members of Mad Shadow find themselves.
The band, which hails from B.C. has a world of potential, with the oldest member not yet 20.
With such a young group of musicians you might expect the sound to be poppish, but instead Mad Shadow comes out of the gate with a debut album that has a mature sound with its roots born of music which was being played before these guys were even born.
The band's bio at www.madshadowband.com states their “sound is a throwback to the raunchy guitar rock of 70’s bands such as Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith or Deep Purple.”
That's a pretty heady comparison to make, more so for a group that are still teens, but they do an admirable job of delivering on their statement.
This is rock that is reasonably comparable to the great bands of an earlier era.
Danny Sveinson shows he grew up with the guitar in his hands, and his guitar solo work is a recording highlight, especially on the songs where they let themselves go, throwing away the yoke of making a song three minutes for radio. And instead just going with the song.
Erik Olufson has a voice mature beyond his years as well.
The band is completed by Josh McDonald on drums and Tyler Lindgrin on bass.
There are several excellent cuts here; White Lies as Mad Shadow does a little musical exploration ranging from clearly Led Zeppelin-ish odes, to blues laden cuts. It is what you might expect from young musicians exploring for their preferred sound. Overall it is held together by the fine musicianship.
This is a fine album for a band debut, made more exciting by just how good these guys could be as they grow and mature. They certainly are honouring the bands of the past, and are a new sound in rock that you should check out. It could be the start of a storied career for these four.
You can check them out live at Rayzr's pub in the Yorkton Hotel Aug. 7, and learn more about them in a feature article this issue.
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper July 30, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada