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Founded in Vicenza, Italy in 2014

WATERSHAPE is a progressive rock / metal band from Vincenza, Italy. The band displays influences varying from 70's prog rock giants such as KING CRIMSON and GENTLE GIANT to more recent progressive metal acts such as DREAM THEATER and PAIN OF SALVATION. WATERSHAPE was conceived in 2014 by drummer Francesco TRESCA (ARTHEMIS, ex-POWER QUEST) after his departure from HYPNOTHETICALL. Also in the band are Mirko MARCHESINI (SINISTRAS, ex-HYPNOTHETICALL) on guitar, Mattia CINGANO (ex-HOLLOW HAZE, ex-HYPNOTHETICALL) on bass, Enrico MARCHIATTO on keyboards and Nicoḷ CANTELE on vocals.
Following two singles and some video covers posted on Youtube, the band began recording material for their first full-length, ?Perceptions?. Self-released in October of 2018, the album has been described as a personal approach similar in vein to the style of Steven WILSON and his works with PORCUPINE TREE.

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3.08 | 5 ratings
3.88 | 7 ratings
You Are Not

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 You Are Not by WATERSHAPE album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.88 | 7 ratings

You Are Not
Watershape Progressive Metal

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Heavy / RPI / Symphonic Prog Team

4 stars This is the second album of that Italian prog metal band and is an improvement from their first album. The music is complex but contains many hooks and a lot of melodic content to satisfy a prog rock audience. I was mostly impressed by the versatility of tones of the singer Nicolo Cantele and the cool drums of Francesco Tresca. The band enjoys building their song with many twists, some exotic flavors, and jazz parts to give us a breather from the heaviness. And what is a prog metal album without some impressive guitar parts, here it's just well balanced with the piano and the synths. I was also hooked to some keyboards parts in the song "Timanfaya". "Mystery Man" starts with classical arrangements with a cool break showing the strength of the singer, then the band goes into a jazz part before going back into a heavy mode, and the song ends with an impressive guitar solo. Sometimes there are some albums that you enjoy a lot and don't seem to get the attention of the majority, and this is the case here. 4.5 stars
 Perceptions by WATERSHAPE album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.08 | 5 ratings

Watershape Progressive Metal

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

3 stars 'Perceptions' is the debut album by Watershape, an Italian prog metal outfit formed in in 2014 by drummer Francesco Tresca (Power Quest, Arthemis, Hypnotheticall), guitarist Mirko Marchesini (Hypnotheticall, Sinatras), bass/stick player Mattia Cingano (Hollow Haze, Hypnotheticall), keyboard player Enrico Marchiotto and singer Nicol' Cantele. They say they play progressive music influenced both by progressive rock (King Crimson, Genesis, Gentle Giant, ') and progressive metal (Dream Theater, Pain of Salvation, Opeth, ') and feel inspired by Steve Wilson and particularly his work with Porcupine Tree. In reality what we actually have is a power metal outfit who are inspired by prog, as opposed to a prog metal band.

But, this isn't something just to be dismissed out of hand as it is actually an interesting album. True, the more progressive passages are few and far between, but there are some strong commercial numbers here as well. There are definitely times when they are pushing the prog button too hard, such as during the meandering 'Cyber Life': they shouldn't have bothered with the instrumental section in the middle (really, they shouldn't have) and instead should have just kept riffing through. It is an independent release, and although the production is generally much better than one might imagine, certainly some of the vocals could have done with being re-recorded as there are instances when Nicol' isn't quite right, and a strong producer would have picked up on that. Not a bad album, and I have been playing it a great deal, but at present there is still a lot to be done before they move up to the next level. Would they have been better playing this as a melodic power metal band without trying too hard to get prog into it? Probably, so it will be interesting to see where they go from here.

Thanks to bonnek for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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