Released: 2013, SG Records
Silver Lake, the Italian Pro-Power band is back for their sophomore record. Not too much has changed since their 2011 self-titled debut. The quintet is still on the SG Records label and there have been no line-up changes. The first thing that caught my eye was the album cover. It is very creative and metaphysical as a good prog Metal album cover should be!
The 10-track album features very production and the whole album runs for about 45 minutes which means there are not that many long songs. Most of them last about 4-5 minutes. This might not seem important but it does indicate that the songs may be more accessible than the last album where the songs ran in the 6-7 minute range. In fact, I’d even suggest some of the Prog elements have been reduced, especially on super catchy songs like ‘Hold Me Close’. The songs ON EVERY SHAPE AND SIZE have a bit more conventional construction and arrangement, which might even broaden their audience.
The individual performances are very good, the songs are still busy with lots of playing, but not overplaying. There are a nice variety of songs, some a little slower, some a little heavier and the albums has a nice flow and tempo to it. The vocals of Davide Bertozzi are in a slightly lower register than you might normally hear on an Italian Prog Metal album, but he has a very strong delivery that could fit well on any good AOR styled album as well; clean, clear and powerful. There keyboards add some good character, but never overtake the songs. There are also hints of acoustic guitar and the more I listen to this record the more I hear the best qualities of some great melodic bands like House Of Lords, Hardline and even Harem Scarem. The melodic quality is very high with a strong late 80’s early 90’s AOR sensibility with just the right amount of heaviness and fluid guitar soloing.
EVERY SHAPE AND SIZE is a little less progressive, a little less complex but still just as worthy a successor. The quality of the songs are so strong that the album should attract listeners to a range of style from a number of genres.