New York Speed-Metallers SHADOWSTRIKE Announce New EP ‘Fables & Folklore’


New York Speed-Metallers Announce New EP ‘Fables & Folklore’ & Release New Single

New York Speed-Metallers ShadowStrike announce their upcoming EP ‘Fables & Folklore’ due for release on September 22nd via Avalon Records. The band also unveils their first offering ‘Once Upon A Beginning’ in the form of a pure melodic speed metal masterpiece bolstered by galloping riffs and dramatic solos across a fantastical aural landscape. 

This feisty tune kicks off with an uplifting harmonized lead paving way for savage riffs, fast and fluid solos and an energetic rhythm section propelling the song towards its masterfully executed crescendo. Vocalist Matt Krais showcases his multi-octave belts delivering melodies that can effortlessly go from sublime to siren evoking the polished ferociousness of Legendaries such as Dragonforce & Stratovarius. Mixed & mastered by Tommy Hansen (Helloween, Jorn, Aquaria), ‘Once Upon A Beginning’ is a cinematic, enthralling and all-encompassing journey as vibrant as the accompanying Music Video.

Bassist Jon Krais speaks on the new single and EP “Once Upon a Beginning” is an uplifting hymn that displays ShadowStrike’s brand of high-octane symphonic power metal and introduces new folk elements to the band’s signature sound. As the song kicks off the EP, an ominous orchestral glissando explodes into a soaring bright melody that takes the listener to their world of fantasy. This kind of song is a staple of our sound: fast-paced and melodic with a lot of positive energy while still keeping the edge and grit that metal offers. When we write songs like this, part of the goal is to come up with something that makes you want to sing along and headbang at the same time. This EP has a lot of content that is a bit different from our other stuff, but we also wanted a track that stayed true to our core style. I think any song that can do all of that is a great fit to be a single.”

Coming off a successful release of their debut album ‘Legends of Human Spirit’, notably deemed as “the best power metal album of the year” by Bandcamp’s editorial team, ShawdowStrike have been garnering a large following around the globe. Creating music resolutely reminiscent of the golden age of European power metal, ShadowStrike are back and hungrier than ever to dominate the Heavy Music World! 

‘Once Upon A Beginning’ is Out Now via

1. Once Upon A Beginning
2. Fables and Folklore
3. Space Pirates from the Boomerang Nebula


Mixed and Mastered by Tommy Hansen at Jailhouse Studios
All compositions and Orchestrations by Jon Krais, Ryan Patane, and Matt Krais

‘Once Upon A Beginning’ 
Music by Matt Krais and Sean Walls
Lyrics by Matt Krais and Jon Krais

‘Space Pirates From The Boomerang Nebula’
 Music by Ryan Patane. Lyrics by Matt Krais and Jon Krais

‘Fables And Folklore’ 
Music and lyrics by Jon Krais
Drums performed by Cory Hofing, Crimson Shadows
Artwork by Maria Schweitzer
Photography by Matt Krais