Shellyz Raven - _Recrucify_
(Independent, 1998)
by: Adrian Bromley (8 out of 10)
When we got this in the mail and I got my stash of review material from Gino, I was wonderin' what this band would sound like. I had my thoughts of what this band would be like, but after the first listen, my early impressions of them went right out the window. I had been expecting a dark, oh-so typical gothic rock / metal band trying to come across as Moonspell or something like that, only indie sounding. Much to my surprise, Shellyz Raven is an interesting dark, doomy progressive outfit that shines with sincere musical adeptness, yet still flaunts its independent sound. In other words, good music and adequate enough production to keep it sounding good. This disc only has six songs, but the material here is substantial enough to keep the listener interested. Singer Seayia has a very heartwarming vocal style and the work of the band to comfort and work with her vocals is truly talented. The intense use of keyboards also adds strong flavor to the music of Shellyz Raven. Most impressive is track two, called "Mortifir". Awesome tune. So, fans of The Gathering, Lacuna Coil and even The Dreamside, you might want to contact this band. Good music here.

Contact: Oystein Kristoffer Paulsen, Haugenesveien 11,

(article published 1/9/1998)

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