|Review: Silverlane - My Inner Demon|
|My Inner Demon|
Label: Drakkar Entertainment
Year released: 2009
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: July 12, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:My Inner Demon
There are few pleasures one derives from life; there's a good book, a good woman, and perhaps, best of all, a great Power Metal album. Germany's Silverlane and their shiny debut My Inner Demon come so close to falling in the latter category it almost makes me want to weep. Formed by Subway To Sally drummer Simon Michael as an outlet for his penchant of all things majestic, Silverlane take on every facet of the genre, like a stream running through the towns of Gamma Ray, Avantasia, Nocturnal Rites, and Masterplan, breaking every bank and fjord, rising a mighty ocean.
Their take on Melodic Power Metal isn't quite what you'd call inimitable, but unlike many in the same boat, Silverlane aren't afraid to test the water, using a wide range of atmospheres and soundscapes, forming a fun and varied album of catchy, symphonic joy. 23 year old vocal wonder Ecki Singer sounds almost identical to ex-Dreamtale screamer Tomi Viiltola and his raspy wail fits like a velvet glove around the musical congeries the album contains. There are some real diamonds to be discovered here; "The Flight of Icarus", the ethnic "Kingdom of Sand", and the frankly unforgettable "Wings of Eternity" are among the best tracks I've heard this genre produce in the last ten years, making the big boys look like pre-schoolers fighting over the Flintstones phone in the play area. But despite Silverlane's ability to bake such luscious viands of Power Metal perfection, there is nothing new to be heard here at all, and while all things heavy and light, iron and fluffy are explored here, it's not quite enough to scream their name from the rooftops, and the reason why, is that Mr. Michael seems to have tried to capture the essence of something that is wild and untamed, making what sounded so fresh on the HammerFall, Rhapsody and Stratovarius classics almost strained and hackneyed by comparison.
Still, a great debut from one of 2009's best new bands, and I'm counting the minutes until the follow up. Sigh. Perhaps my expectations are just too high?
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