Artist/ Band: Dynamic Lights
Title: Shapes
Label: DVS Records
Year of Release: 2005
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The Review:

To be quite honest with you all, I wasnít sure what to think when I received a copy of Dynamic Lightís Shape. I was thinking to myself, ďoh great, another prog-metal band. I bet theyíre another in the Dream Theater moldĒ. Boy was I ever so wrong after listening to the album for the first time. In fact I had to listen to it again because I was very happy with what I heard.

Their music is closer to Pain of Salvation and Fates Warning than Dream Theater. The vocalist reminds me of Daniel Gildenlow and Chris Cornell. The musicians are top notch and execute some of the tastiest progressive metal Iíve heard in years. Thereís a two minute instrumental improv, Density, that reminds me of something Emerson would do. I donít remember other prog-metal bands doing that.

My favorite tracks besides Density are the opener ((In the Hands of a Siren) where thereís some female vocals accompanying the main vocalist, Matteo Infante. Itís one of the best openers for this genre. Also the other song that gets me reminded of Chris Cornellís vocals is Going To Nowhere. Plus the epic One Thousand Nothing showcases the combined talents of the band.

Dynamic Lightís is a breath of fresh air in the Dream Theater clones. Itís great to see a band wanting to do more than that and create one of the better releases of 2005, even the millennium. This is a very recommenced release for fans of adventurous progressive metal, especially fans of Pain of Salvation, Wastefall and Fates Warning.

Reviewed by Ron Fuchs on August 23rd, 2005

Tracks:

1. In The Hands of a Siren
2. Between Two Parallels
3. Remembrances
4. Density
5. Going To Nowhere
6. One Thousand Nothing
7. Connecting
8. The Big Show

NOTE: This album is Out Of Print. You can obtain a copy here while supply lasts.

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