Being from Germany (or Europe, in general), and also playing melodic heavy/power metal puts you in good company. It also puts you into a huge ocean of similar bands from the derivative emblems of past to the creative neo-revisionists carving a new future. On their third release, Above the Others, Silverlane clearly charts a middle path. Above the Others is pure (and historical) European melodic power metal, yet with enough inspiration and enthusiasm to be relevant.
Essentially, Above the Others picks up where 2009's My Inner Demon leaves off. Opening tracks Above the Others and 1789 are demonstrations of the blistering side of power metal, with the latter having a magisterial feel. Silverlane offers metal ballads, which ebb and flow between soaring and sublime, on The Game and Anything. They get into the more rocking side of melodic metal with Ready to Rock, a song that makes them sound like a Primal Fear sibling (listen Ecki Singer's vocals). Perhaps Silverlane is most endearing when the broaden their creativity towards more a more progressive motif on the four part The White Lady.
In the congested field of classic melodic heavy/power metal, Silverlane's Above the Others is a fine and entertaining example of the new generation. Above their peers? Possibly giving them a run for their money. Recommended.
In the congested field of classic melodic heavy/power metal, Silverlane's Above the Others is a fine and entertaining example of the new generation.
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