SCORE - 55%
Shining Black should be a stand out record based on the names behind it. Another staged Frontiers partnership, the ‘band’ features vocalist Mark Boals (Yngwie Malmsteen, Ring Of Fire, Royal Hunt) and guitarist Ölaf Thorsen (Labyrinth, Vision Divine). Both are quality individuals, but for me this album doesn’t work.
It may be the songs don’t have the spark needed to be a high-profile release and it pains me to say, but Mark Boals doesn’t have any energy in his vocals. It sounds phoned in. He is a mile better than this. It’s a case of what could have been with this one.