Thy Shade Album Review: “The Last Goodbye”

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THY SHADE
“THE LAST GOODBYE”
Album Review By Custer Elver

6/10

Thy Shade are a US combo playing symphonic metal with some strong and clear influences from the best European female fronted bands (Nightwish and Theater of Tragedy above all) and coming to their debut release under Massacre Records’ flag in late 2016.

A fantastic artwork wraps the album with a delicious grey-shade style, elegant and well refined, while the first thing to catch my attention, when the music starts, is the fantastic Diana Shade’s voice: extremely enchanting and charming. That’s it. The positive things coming from this debut album are done.

The tunes are almost banal, performances are not perfect and some issues are evident, mostly in the guitar solos (shredding is a very difficult art, you know).

My overall impression is that “The Last Goodbye” is an excuse to let Diana spread her fantastic voice: a good point with no doubt, but not enough to make their mark into a discographic jungle so cruel and crowded.

Thy Shade play symphonic metal with classical music attitudes, blending gentle string melodies with aggressive guitar riffing and creating harmonious textures, while Diana, with her well-rounded voice, catches listeners’ attention cradling their mind with some astonishing performances.

The album is made of 11 tracks, including 3 classical tunes remade: “Adagio” by Albinoni, “Oh Divine Redeemer” by Gounod and “Inneggiamo” by Mascagni. Honestly, I have been impressed only by one remake: “Adagio”, performed with an extremely personal vein, even if they’re not the first to plunder Albinoni – and won’t be the last, I guess. I don’t like cliché and this choice sounds like an elephant-shaped-platitude!

The title track, “The Last Goodbye” – with a so deep and sad mood – and “The Final Chapter” – with a growling voice which breaks down a plot, run on and on by the band – are the most interesting chapters of this album.

Well, just to summarize: not a bad rookie album for the American band, which have a powerful strength in their lead singer but some aspects need to step up to enable the band to establish themselves in the metal scene, because a chain is no stronger than its weakest link.

Deleting existing templates from their composing approach and a more accurate attention to their music production could be two simple ingredients able to get things back on an even keel.

TRACKLIST

Prelude
Change
The Last Goodbye
Fantasy
Adagio
Final Chapter
O Divine Redeemer
Dies Irae
Bring The Light Back
Inneggiamo
Pie Jesu

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