Yay, our first official post! How exciting!
Anyway, I’d like to share a recent discovery of mine called Shield of Wings, who hail from the Chicago area. The American metal scene is dominated by hardcore/metalcore bands these days, so what a nice change it is to hear some well done, classic, old-school symphonic metal emanating from within our own borders instead of having to import it from across the sea. Vocalist Grace Méridan gracefully (haha, get it?) soars over a bed of the symphonic metal we’ve all come to know and love. Though we see a million of these kinds of bands from Europe, most of those are low quality Nightwish copies. There’s something about Shield of Wings that sets them apart from them and makes their debut EP Solarium an enjoyable listen.
Solarium consists of six tracks, on which you can also hear some folk and death influences, but the core of it is straight-up symphonic metal. Take it or leave it, but this band’s pretty damn good. Hope to hear more from them soon!
Shield of Wings is:
- Grace Méridan – Lead Vocals
- James Gregor – Guitar/Vocals
- Jeff Olsem- Bass
- Pat Eulitz – Drums