Although Wuthering Heights
hails from Scandinavia, a lot of the folk stylings they blend into their metal is derived from other northern European countries. It's a minor point, but the influence is huge when it comes to "The Shadow
A wonderful concept, Wuthering Heights
succeeds at keeping the metal fast and heavy Within
the outlines of typical folk time signatures. Some songs, like "Apathy
Divine" even go as far as to feature acoustic movements to further showcase these two genres. This duality carries over lyrically as well. The best song on the album, "Carpe Noctem
" has a rousing, uplifting chorus complete with the shout-inducing end line "If you cannot win the day, seize the night !" - a truly earthy attitude indeed. Most of the other songs drive home similar attitudes as well, "I Shall Not Yield" being another notworthy example. It then can go without saying that the strength of the songwriting points toward the cadence of the rhythm section, with Erik the Ravn
filling leads in all the right spots.
Concerning the voice of their lead singer, Nils Patrik Johansson
, his accent is an obvious asset, but more importantly, he pulls off the ability to sound strong even though his voice is classically weak. The A Capella beginning to "Sleep
" reveals that ; However, the rest of song proves the former. "Sleep
" is a near perfect composition, with all of the elements for a great Wuthering Heights
song well showcased. The blistering-fast staccato solo after the chorus is so well placed, you have to give it up to Ravn
- the main songwriter - for knowing how to write music from the heart as well as the brain.
The production and mixing is excellent as well, thus making "Shadow
Cabinet" a completely enjoyable listening experience, whether you're from Denmark or not.