"Shapes of Memory" (MegaHard Records)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Ivory Gates is a melodic metal band from Brazil that infuses progressive and symphonic influences into their music. "Shapes Of Memory" is the band's debut and it demonstrates that the band is in command of its creative impulses with a flair for the dramatic.

Much of "Shapes Of Memory" is a mellow affair with flashes of metallic technical brilliance from guitarist Armelin and bassist Mazzotti. The songs are well arranged and it appears much care and thought went into the creation of each song's mood and timbre.

Fans of Fates Warning, In Solitude, Oratory, and Mastermind will appreciate Ivory Gates. Fans of more progressive oriented bands like Dream Theater, Yes, and Rush will also find something to appreciate in Ivory Gates' brand of melodic metal.

"Shapes Of Memory" was produced by Renato Napty, Matheus Armelin, and Hugo Mazzotti. The disc sounds clear, but lacks a punchy mix that could have made this listening experience a little better.

Ivory Gates is Verusca Camillo and Miguel Pepin on vocals, Matheus Armelin on guitars, Hugo Mazzotti on bass and cello, Fabricio Felix on drums. Guests include Orlan Charles on keyboards, Jane Pereira on choir vocals, and Zinho Malagueta on vocals.

For more information visit http://www.ivorygates.hpg.ig.com.br/.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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