This cd was released already back in 2004. In spite of that I return to it now when I’ve got it at hand.
The band working since 1999 has in it’s discography already three albums and third of them is Stín křídel.
It contains 12 songs from which only the 12. is in english, rest is in the native language.
Most of the songs drives the same line, only one who differs a lot is Píseň neznámého vojína, a very special cover version of the song from Karel Kryl.
Opening and at the same time title song Stín křídel starts with the helicopter flight which reminded me of the scenes from the war movies about Vitnam. I’m awaiting the real blow-out but the song starts with surprisingly slow “intro”. Then real speed metal starts and in it there is a simple but appropriate guitar solo laid in.
I won’t describe every song. Will just pick up the ones which interested me more. It is not possible to describe every song too because most songs are very similar and if I wouldn’t fully concentrate on listening I could simply not notice that there is already the next song playing.
Říše slunce starts with keyboards with nice catchy riff. The slower part in the middle sure has something in it and the doubled vocals have almost no fault.
During the song Odysea I tell to myself that the singer is definitely much better on the higher tones. I didn’t like the mediocre lower voice (more like recitation) in the beginning of the song and the whole song seemed worse than the others to me.
Válka růží – here for the first and the last time appears also female vocal. I don’t know if it belongs to the ex-singer Tereza Mlázová or someone else. Anyway the song is built-up in a very interesting way and it is another song that surpasses the overall concept of the album. The beginning is just the matter of singing – switching of male and female voice on the background of keyboards. Then follows the verse in a strange and interesting rhythm in that the whole song more or less goes on.
Then it’s the above mentioned song Píseň neznámého vojína. What to say to that one? If I’ll take it strictly from the musical point of view, the beginning is nothing special, too simple and average, but then the song gets the balls. Not bad for cover version. Even the words remain original except the final “nasrat, jo nasrat” that is somehow added :)))) But in the case of this cover version I have to say that it's not better than the original.
The last one - The Cry Of Angels - is the only one song sung in English as I’ve already mentioned in the beginning. Now I evidently know why the band doesn’t make more songs in English. The pronunciation has to be improved a lot...