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Cast Of Shadows - 1993 Face The Time

ARTIST: Cast Of Shadows
ALBUM: Face The Time
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 1993


LINEUP: Andy De Faria - guitars, vocals * Mike Fraser - lead vocals, bass, keyboards * Scott Dinn - drums, percussion, vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 Street Magic * 02 Face The Time * 03 Drugstore Novels * 04 Cryin' In The Rain * 05 Remember * 06 Reach Beyond The Past * 07 Lifeline * 08 Silent Rage * 09 Breakaway * 10 Love Beyond Our Needs * 11 The Reunion * 12 Reach Beyond The Past (Remix)


Here's a three-piece that were together for a few years at the start of the nineties working the lower end of the San Fransisco Bay Area. Cast Of Shadows played a style that was melodic rock with a hi-tech edge, bordering on pomp rock. For an indie project these guys sounded pretty good. Hard to pin down similarities, but if you've heard the band Alpha, who themselves had Triumph, Zebra and Yes influences, plus some debut era BLVD sounds, then that might give you some idea. The band played many gigs throughout the San Jose and lower Bay Area and developed a solid reputation as a result.

The Songs
An industrious trio indeed, Cast Of Shadows did everything themselves, even writing, recording and producing their own album 'Face The Time', released in 1993 on their own label Hop-A-Long. Pretty generous of them to give us twelve tracks, which span mid-tempo melodic rock, with a few ballads tossed in for good measure. A lot of good songs to choose from too. The very BLVD flavoured intro track 'Street Magic' starts us off. The mid-bridge and choruses are delicious. 'Face The Time' is full of chops and changes everywhere, but is still a great listen. 'Drugstore Novels' despite the unusual name takes us on an exquisite journey, probably the most AOR-ish track on display. The delicate keyboard motif on 'Cryin' In The Rain' still allows this track to breathe, and is more than matched by some aggression in the guitar stakes, and glorious harmony vocals on the chorus.

'Reach Beyond The Past' is the first of the sweeping ballads, the gradual build follows the tried and true path of ballad writing. The next pairing of 'Lifeline' and 'Silent Rage' are wonderful slices of melodic rock. Upbeat, interesting, with harmonies galore. The next pair 'Breakaway' and 'Love Beyond Our Needs' are slightly less captivating while the piano based ballad 'The Reunion'. The band finish off with a remix of 'Reach Beyond The Past'. No doubt it will take you a few plays to truly appreciate what these guys are about. But stick around and get into it, you'll derive some pleasure from it.

In Summary
The CD appears to be a private pressing, and is a rare commodity now. The band broke up in 1994, though the band members are still active musically in other projects. Who knows, we might yet see the rise of this band from the shadows once again. To find out more about the band and their activities, surf along to Andy De Faria's site listed below.

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#1 | super80boy on March 22 2015 18:52:03
A very impressive one off private press album that is stacked with finely executed melodic rock AOR harmonies. Agreed, Blvd is a good touchstone for a similar sound and the pomp aspect makes an appearance in 'Break Away' with those keys. This trio did a bang up job for doing it all themselves. Highly Recommended.
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