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Shadow Queen certainly have the songs and the musicianship is excellent.

Shadow Queen is a female fronted hard rock trio from Melbourne. The band's debut 'Don't Tell' release will no doubt attract comparisons to the first Halestorm album, but Shadow Queen have a little more dirt around the edges and, if anything, the approach is even more direct. Initially my attention was focused on vocalist Robbi Zana, who also handles bass duties, but each band member has a major part to play in shaping the band's sound and style.

The title track has a distinct Queens Of The Stone Age vibe fuelled by an infectious riff and Zana adds a terrific vocal that is fiery and snarling in equal measures. Both 'Any Other Day' and 'What You Want' have a gritty resonance yet Zana manages to spit out the lyrics with a highly melodic intent. 'Silence' is built on another deeply dirty riff that grinds away at the senses until it hurts whilst 'Wake Up' is an up-tempo in your face number that sees lead guitarist Si Hopman flex his solo muscles nicely. 'Bruised' features Robbi's most intense vocal and she goes through a range of emotions that act as a rage-filled attention seeking caustic oratory. Aside from the brief 'Prelude To Silence' instrumental and the brooding intensity of 'Karma' there is no real let up and the lack of subtlety is possibly my only criticism.

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'Don't Tell' contains 11 short hits to the musical pleasure zone featuring instantly memorable hooks and immediate melodies. 30 minutes pass by in a heartbeat leaving you breathless yet craving a repeat performance.

Shadow Queen certainly have the songs and the musicianship is excellent. Whether the band can achieve the success of the aforementioned Halestorm will depend on the exposure 'Don't Tell' receives and whether they can pick up a few support slots on high profile tours in the near future. Fingers crossed.

Dave Bott

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