Shape My Clarity
Released: 2013, Self Released
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Was is NEON METAL? The first bit of info on the Cologne based 5-piece's site sets about describing the style the band have set about creating for themselves. Its a style that seems to combine the group's use of electronics and synthesizers and a unique neon live show.
Founded in the summer of 2009, Shape My Clarity have released two EPs, 2009's 'Galvanizer' and 'Black Ink' in 2010 with Chameleon Mirror being the band's first full length release. Maybe slightly unusually the guys have already started making a name for themselves with their signature stage show, putting on a pyrotechnic filled black-light performance.
With the band still residing over in the Rhineland and the price of plane tickets a little steep to see it myself, I'm relying on music only, and it has to be said, this record can definitely stand on its own.
The album opens up with New Decade, an instrumental soundscape piece filled with thick synths and sounds to prepare you for what's ahead. A couple of minutes later and the first full track comes in, and hits pretty hard. 'Chameleon' throws you straight in to the band's style, its fast paced, well crafted energy thrown out with big choruses, strong vocals and a clear nod to the bands that have helped them get their sound so far. Right off the bat you'll be hearing the influence from Bullet From My Valentine, August Burns Red and In Flames. Could be said, this band won't necessarily be giving you something you've never heard before, and you'll be hearing those bands as you go along, but rest assured these guys will definitely be giving it to you properly.
These guys have really gone to town on this record, and sonically, the album goes from strength to strength. The album's filled with little touches of synths, pads and keys, and even some strings sounds that really work towards making tracks like 'Shine' suitably epic. Guitars sound great, vocal production is fantastic only emphasizing the great work by frontman Mico, and huge guitars work together to bolster those big choruses that make these tracks really stand apart from each other.
Has to be said as well, it doesn't take long to hear, this band is tight, god damn tight.
Four tracks in on 'Asking Why' the drums bass and guitars start locking in for the stabs of one of the record's grooviest riffs, and its clear for everybody to see.
These guys nail it every track, and we get to hear it properly produced, sounding huge, as it sounds damn good.
So, you've got your big riffs, heavy tunes with some powerful vocals for you on an album that doesn't let up until its very last track when we wrap up with piano and vocals.
With no particularly weak track on here its a pretty solid effort from Shape My Clarity, the single Shine can be found to listen to on all their social sites and is a good way to give these guys a try.
These guys have definitely got potential to be a bit of an outsider heavyweight in their genre, they should do pretty well off of a release like this.
Worth checking out for sure!
Review by Jonno Lloyd