Is there life after 'Misplaced'? DGM's
last album sounded like all the members weren't pulling in the same
direction, and there have been 2 line-up changes since that album.
Lead guitarist Diego Reali has been replaced with the amazing new
guitar-hero Simone Mularoni, clearly a move in the right direction.
The change in the keyboard department isn't as significant with new
guy Emanuele Casali doing a good job replacing Fabio Sanges.
DGM is still fast and furious
progressive power metal with some nice orchestration, DGM has
never been about lots of fine small details and 10 minutes
instrumental parts and they stick to that formula on this album as
well. The addition of Simone Mularoni on lead guitar alone makes
this album their best and most mature to date, but to compare them
to genre titans like Symphony X is stretching it a lot...
'Different Shapes' is a solid piece of powerful
and speedy progressive metal, which should appeal to fans of Italian
metal as well as power metal heads... my personal highlights include
the fine semi-ballad: "The Fallen Angel" and the most aggressive
song DGM has ever recorded: "Piece of Mind" - not half bad...