The band soon gained support slots with Ronnie James Dio, Halford, Symphony X, Dream Evil plus Flotsam And Jetsam. These major shows led to appearances at festivals in the UK, America, Germany and Holland. Their touring had one benefit – the arrival of Texas bassist Stony Grantham. But other line-up changes held things up.
Undeterred, ShadowKeep started work on third album The Hourglass Effect – again with Karl Groom at Thin Ice. The sessions produced some of Chris and Nikki’s most creative songwriting. And the band gained singer Richie Wicks, ex Tygers Of Pan Tang and AngelWitch, plus drummer Omar Hayes. Things were looking up, with a new recording deal from Dutch label Melissa Records and Hourglass’s release in November 2008.
The album was praised for its concise songs, soaring vocals and grand production. A reviewer from The Sun dubbed ShadowKeep “the new New Wave Of British Heavy Metal.” But fate had one more card to play. Wicks left in 2009, soon replaced by the formidable Matt Oakman. ShadowKeep endured frustration over the years but also produced superlative studio work and exciting stage shows.
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