JV - Vocals / Guitar
Shaun Cowell - Bass
Andrew Welsman - Guitar
Matt Burton - Drums
"Shadow of Everest (SoE) is a Canadian progressive metal band from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Formed in 2014, the band’s line-up currently consists of JV (guitars/vocals), Shaun Cowell (bass) and Matt Burton (drums) and Andrew Welsman (guitars).
The band has been compared to such massive artists as Tool, Black Sabbath, Queens of the Stone Age and Pink Floyd. This isn’t a surprise as the members cite these bands as major influences as well as bands like Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Rush and Iron Maiden. It’s the perfect creative storm; fusing the atmospheric elements of prog with the unforgettable riffs of classic rock."
Idle Hands, the debut album from Shadow of Everest, which was released June 2017, paints such a vivid musical tapestry it feels like you are stepping into a surreal storybook adventure.
The title song, Idle Hands embodies this perfectly. There is something sinister yet seductive about this particular song. And the vocalist has a very distinct voice. While I certainly can understand why they have been compared to Pink Floyd, I can hear a bit of the influence but it is certainly more modern. It has the Pink Floyd haunting and mellow vibe but with a touch of the macabre in the lyrics. The guitar solo is executed phenomenally and brings the song to the next level. I also really respect the simplicity of Idle Hands, not saying it does not pack a punch, but it is not overdone with chaotic rhythms or melodies. With what the lyrics describe and the actual music set to it, you can almost see a woman hunting him and lurking in the darkness. Which is why I consider this almost like a storybook, the music brings you in so much, you feel like you are experiencing it along with them.
Idle Hands - Shadow of Everest
If I had to make one suggestion to everyone who is reading this, set aside 30 minutes of your day and listen to this album from start to finish. Because it really is set up like a storybook adventure and you can take away a completely different experience than if you had just listened to each song at random or had interruptions between. Not to say you can't enjoy each song individually but you just get a more profound listening experience.
I really enjoyed the song Holding On, it was a refreshing upbeat song that kept with the theme of the album. The lyrics are very relatable and make it seem as if they are singing your life story. I think what captivated me most about this particular song is how the lyrics are filled with such agony and despair, the rhythm is the silver lining, the upbeat tempo offers a ray of hope. Displaying perfectly how light and dark can walk hand in hand. Your mind is trapped within its sadness and all of the things gone wrong, while the heart maintains hope and dreams of all the things still to come.
One thing that makes Shadow of Everest unique in my opinion, is not only are they talented musicians, but extraordinary storytellers. While I have heard a plethora of songs involving the same subject matters, the way they tell it, is quite astonishing. For example with Sinner's Train, the way the guitars play with your emotions during the breakdowns, makes you feel lost in the darkness. Add the melodic vocals and it is like the ghosts of your past or mind are singing it right from your soul. It is your own dark fairy tale but there are no heroes, only you. Only you can escape this train, but you are unsure if you want to because the forest looks just as dark. Just follow that haunting voice and you will find the silver lining in life.
In closing, I can safely say that Shadow of Everest is unique with its profound otherworldly sounding music which is simplistic in nature. But do not underestimate them or think their music lacks that drama or intensity you might crave. They do it in a different way, instead of just being able to sing along with the song, you are drawn into it and feel it. They are helping you write your story, while they narrate it. I am very eager to hear more from them and hope others will take this adventure along with the band. There is always solace in suffering when in numbers.
To learn more about Shadow of Everest check out their official pages below:
All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen aka @OceansStorm