"Although much has been said that real metal is dead in the USA, here and there in the States great new melodic metal bands pop up. For example, this BURNING SHADOWS out of Rockville, MD. They play awesome melodic US Power/Prog Metal in the style of TWISTED TOWER DIRE, STEEL PROPHET, ICED EARTH, ZANDELLE, SPIRIT WEB, SYRIS… There are 5 songs on their CD ‘The Darkest Winter’, and only opener “Force of Fire” is just nice uptempo metal, because the rest is sensational melodic metal. The band has a very good melodic lead singer called Brian Knesel, who also plays bass. Now let’s talk about the sensational songs. “The Darkest Winter” is very good high-class progressive metal. Up next is the lovely uptempo melodic metal piece “The Human In Me” which sounds like a mix between TWISTED TOWER DIRE and early STEEL PROPHET. More True Metal can be heard in “Forest of the Dead”. The best song however is closing track “Whisper Suffering”, a 8-minutes counting epic. This is quite superb Progressive Metal with a nice Keyboard intro. So, basically BURNING SHADOWS is one of the new generation of US metal bands playing classic 80s melodic metal. Highly recommended to fans of mentioned bands."
released August 1, 2002
Brian Knesel - Bass, Vocals
Greg Jones - Lead Guitar
Tim Regan - Rhythm Guitar, Keys
Vincent Vinh - Drums