Crannk Interviews-Shield Of Wings- James And Aaliyah

Shield Of Wings have burst into 2022 with the recent release of their epic debut symphonic metal album “Unfinished“, a resurrection of such after releasing their debut ep “Solarium” in 2011 and after a few line-up changes Shield Of Wings are ready to rise like a phoenix to claim their rightful place amongst their peers. I caught up with James Gregor and Aaliyah Daye to talk about all things Shield Of Wings.

These songs’ roots range from a decade old to only a year, yet they all carry the weight and concurrent theme of a soul obsessed with self-analysis and growth. Often, we travel these roads seemingly alone, and sometimes we get lost in the meaningless or mundane sloughs of despond. Hope can only remain if we keep the flame alive, and sometimes we are lucky enough to find others to carry the flame with us. We hope this music helps to carry your flame for a little while, and that we may all, in our Unfinished states, never give up on our reshaping.”

The number 11 has many conflicting meanings in numerology; order, chaos, balance, or extravagance, it depends on which tradition you consult. But for SHIELD OF WINGS, 11 years adds weight to their return to life after their sweepingly vast EP, 2011’s Solarium. Sure to appeal to fans of symphonic metal giants NIGHTWISH and EPICA, as well as film score composers like HANS ZIMMER, JAMES HORNER, and HOWARD SHORE, their new album, Unfinished, will bring into view 10 bombastic compositions of poetic exploration. Each song from Unfinished explores themes of growth through self-examination, regret, sacrificial death, and rebirth. From the “Crushing Hail” of the suffering which is inherent in life, the listener is carried through this journey, until the final track expounds upon the realization that we are all, in ways, “The Scarred Clay Reshaping.” With bold, vast orchestral compositions soaring over chugging guitars, SHIELD OF WINGS makes it abundantly clear that they are Unfinished, in more ways than one.

Shield Of Wings: Lara Mordian – Vocals Aliyah Daye – Support & Harsh Vocals, Keys James Gregor – Guitar & Orchestrations Patrick Eulitz – Drums Alex Luke – Bass Guitar

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