Pim B. : ‘Far From Light’ is the debut full-length by Lunar Shadow from Germany. This five-piece self-released the EP ‘Triumphator’ in 2015, which became demo of the month in Germany’s Rock Hard magazine. That EP was reissued by Stormspell Records by the way. I’m not familiar with that EP (yet) so I refrain from commenting on the band’s progress. I can tell that this full album is a great introduction though.
Lunar Shadow delivers a brand of epic heavy metal filled with killer guitar harmonies. These double parts might make you think of classic acts like Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. There are more similarities to Swedish bands from the 90s though. The folky guitar duels remind of In Flames and Dissection. The epicness of the songs refers to bands like Solstice, Atlantean Kodex and even Manowar. Despite the namedropping I have to stress that Lunar Shadow does have an own sound and character. Singer Alex Vornam has a typical voice. His sound reminds me of Jason Decay of Cauldron. As a whole I think this is a strong, varied album. Listen to the ballad ‘Gone Astray’ for instance. Here and there some things could be better such as production or polishing up compositions. This is just minimal criticism because I can easily say that Lunar Shadow can be proud of ‘Far From Light’.