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(62:53, MaRaCash Records)
The Italian band SILVER KEY was formed back in 1992, originally as a Marillion / Fish tribute band. Twenty or so years later the members decided that it's high time to release some of their own material, and in 2012 they released their debut album "In the Land of Dreams" on MaRaCash Records. As one might expect from a band with this background, this is a disc that focuses just about exclusively on neo-progressive rock, albeit arguably with more of a 90's touch on the style than the classic sound Marillion explored in their early days. Rich fluctuating keyboard textures and harder edged, darker toned guitars are the main counterpoints. Gentler interludes and movements are a part of the game too, and the guitar solos are always melodic and of the crying kind more often than not. A nice detail peculiar to this band is clever and distinct bass motifs, which does elevate the total listener experience a bit. As far as debut albums go, Silver Key has made themselves a fine one. Long tracks, a multiple part suite included, and an emphasis on strong moods and distinct melodies that should satisfy the majority of dedicated fans of neo-progressive rock and the UK oriented part of it in particular.
Olav M Bjornsen: December 17, 2013
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