Origin: Toronto, Ontario, Canada  
Genres: Power Metal
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Crimson Shadows

Extreme power metallers Crimson Shadows formed in Toronto in 2006 and spent several years honing their craft and putting out a trio of independent releases before taking part in the International Wacken Battle live in 2014, going on to win the competition and eventually signing to Napalm for their first label release, 2014's Kings Among Men. Stylistically, they straddle the line between speedy power metal and melodic death metal, as their tunes are mostly very fast, rolicking power metal tunes with the request Maiden-esque twin guitar leads, but the vocals are predominantly deathy growls. Several have labelled them "DragonForce with death vocals", which is a bit simplistic but actually not a bad description.

Current Members

Paul Ablaze (Paul Zinay)


Ryan Hofing

guitars/backing vocals

Greg Rounding

guitars/backing vocals

Cory Hofing

drums/backing vocals

Former Members/Guests

Jimi Maltais


Sean McCaw


Morgan Rider

bass (ex-Mastery)


Death, Power, Glory  EP
2007 independent
  1. Betrayed by Thy King
  2. Dark Winters Night
  3. Death, Power, Glory
  4. Servant of the Shadowed Moon
  • Jimi Maltais
  • Ryan Hofing
  • Greg Rounding
  • Sean McCaw
  • Cory Hofing

Glory On The Battlefield  
2012 independent
  1. Glory on the Battlefield
  2. Battle Hard
  3. Beyond the Mountain Wasteland
  4. For the Glory of the Throne
  5. Kingdom of Ale
  6. Quest for the Sword
  7. Lost in a Dark Forest
  8. Journey's End
  • Jimi Maltais
  • Ryan Hofing
  • Greg Rounding
  • Cory Hofing

Sails Of Destiny  EP
2013 independent
  1. Upon the Waves (Intro)
  2. Freedom and Salvation
  3. Maiden's Call
  4. Moonlit Skies and Bloody Tides
  • Jimi Maltais
  • Ryan Hofing
  • Greg Rounding
  • Morgan Rider
  • Cory Hofing

Kings Among Men  
2014 Napalm
  1. March of Victory (Intro)
  2. Rise to Power
  3. Heroes Among Us
  4. A Gathering of Kings
  5. Maidens Call
  6. Braving the Storm
  7. On the Eve of Battle (Intro)
  8. Freedom and Salvation
  9. Dawn of Vengeance
  10. Moonlit Skies and Bloody Tides
  • Jimi Maltais
  • Ryan Hofing
  • Greg Rounding
  • Morgan Rider
  • Cory Hofing

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