The 10 songs on 'SHADOWS' explore the grand themes of DEATH and TRANSFORMATION. The lyrics contemplate the subjects of core spirituality, reincarnation, transcendentalism, voices from the grave, victims of religious bigotry and oppression, war, and serious and comic existentialism. No cannibalism, however - sorry! The subject matter for the 10 songs on SHADOWS 1. SHADOWLANDS Shadowlands is our current plane of existence; in the next life, shadows will be chased away by the Light. 2. MR. DEATH The personification of Death -- and a humorous story of him paying you a visit. 3. ELYSIAN FIELDS The Ancient Greek concept blended with New Age Spirituality and recent Cosmological Theory. 4. FOOLS IN PARADISE A soldier returns from Iraq and provides a bitter testimony. 5. VAMPIRE KISS A story of longing, regret, and self-condemnation; and the weighing in one's soul whether to continue an existence forced upon you -- or, wait and greet the day -- flesh to ash -- thus, pass away. 6. NAGU The rainforest -- a mystical power bestowed upon a good man -- a perception that all life is connected -- a jealous shaman's revenge -- and, awakening of the people. 7. EL DORADO A tale of the Spanish conquest of the New World, the subjugation of it's peoples, and retribution by a mythological hero -- the Gilded One. 8. BLACK CAT An allegory -- in how many details is the behavior of a night-prowling feline like those of an unfaithful woman? 9. PORTAL TO HELL Quite simply -- three ways I don't want to die. 10. DOGS OF WAR The God of War has his say.