|Review: Silver Lake - Silver Lake|
Year released: 2011
Genre: Progressive Power Metal
Review online: January 15, 2011
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)
Silver Lake is the debut album from the Italian Power/Progressive Metal band of the same name. The band scored an early coup by securing former Vision Divine singer Michele Luppi's help in the album's production. With that knowledge, it might be easy to assume Silver Lake is another Rhapsody of Fire clone, but not so. With Luppi's participation (in addition to helping with the recording, he contributes vocals to the song "Life"), the Vision Divine comparisons are inevitable. In addition, I hear early Labyrinth and, maybe a bit of Heavenly, in Silver Lake's blend of Power and Progressive Metal.
The songs on Silver Lake are simple Power/Progressive tracks, heavy on the keyboards but light on the complicated time changes, so they are quite accessible. Singer Davide Bertozzi stays in a fairly high range, not as high as, say Ben Sotto, but you get the idea. The rest of the band does a good job, although there aren't any real standouts, which can be said of the songs as well. Except for the cover of Skid Row's "Slave to the Grind," that is. While certainly not the obvious choice and I commend the band for thinking outside the box, its inclusion is strange. Easily the heaviest track on Silver Lake, it is a bit out of place.
Silver Lake should please fans of Power/Progressive Metal, as it is well done. Others will likely find it a bit generic. Promising stuff from Silver Lake and a career to watch.
Note: there were several instances on my promo copy of Silver Lake where the recording levels were too high, resulting in distortion. Hopefully, this is not the final mix.
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