ShadowKeep were formed in 1999 by guitarists Chris Allen and Nikki Robson, and Belgian vocalist Rogue M.
Only 6 months into the venture, and following the recording of a six-track EP at Thin Ice Studios, produced by Threshold guitarist Karl Groom, their opus Dark Tower became a phenomenon on the defunct mp3.com site, which led to mainstream press coverage in the US and elsewhere. As a result of their online exposure the track was also included as the opener on a German mag’s CD for unsigned bands – thus gaining them a record deal with Limb Music Productions in June 2000.
Two albums, Corruption Within and A Chaos Theory, followed to huge acclaim. The band soon gained support slots with Ronnie James Dio, Halford, Symphony X, Dream Evil and Flotsam & Jetsam. These major shows led to appearances at festivals in the UK, America, Germany and Holland - including the very first Bloodstock in the UK.
After the departure of vocalist Rogue M in 2002
ShadowKeep started work on their third album, The Hourglass Effect – again with Karl Groom on production duties with Richie Wicks on vocals, Scott Higham on drums, and Texan Stony Grantham on bass.
These sessions produced some of Chris and Nikki’s most creative songwriting and things were looking up, with a new recording deal from Dutch label Melissa Records in place and Hourglass’ slated for a November 2008 release. 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.”
Richie Wicks left in 2009, soon after the departure of drummer Scott Higham.
Omar Hayes Drummer and long time friend of Chris and Nicky quickly stepped in to keep the band on the road with vocalist Matt Oakman for the remaining shows in support of The Hourglass Effect.
Rogue M returned in 2012 for some reunion shows
10 years after the release of A Chaos Theory . Shows included Wizzfest in Belguim and Swordbrothers Festival in Germany.
ShadowKeep began work on their 4th studio album in 2014.
ShadowKeep approached Helstar Vocalist James Rivera with regards to singing on the 4th SK album.
After recording and touring in the US for Helstar"s Vampiro.
James Rivera began recording the vocals for ShadowKeep in January 2017 at Larry Barragans studio where 7 of the tracks were completed.
After touring Europe for Vampiro.
James Rivera flew to the UK to record another track, the epic ballad Never Forgotten at Thin Ice Stuidios with Karl Groom and ShadowKeep.
With the new album almost complete ShadowKeep are now currently in discussions with labels for the release of the album.