Back in Late 2017, Brian Almeida of THE SHAPE hit me up and asked if I would be kind enough to listen to THE SHAPE’s brand new album The World Away and give my two cents on what I thought.
Suffice to say, I was honored to do so… not knowing quite what to expect. So, I holed up in my studio alone with headphones on and listened without distraction.
First and foremost, the quality of recording is truly unbelievable. Recorded at Dexter’s Lab this should come as no surprise to anyone in the local area. Nick Bellmore is an audio mastermind.
This album sounds like an entirely new band. It’s super polished and refined. It shows that there was serious time and thought put in to make this thing right. It flows nicely, and along with the more stripped back parts, the album tells a story, and is a great concept record.
There are definitely times that you may find yourself saying, “Whoa! Wait… that’s Brian?” The singing has come a far way from the band’s previous outing. For instance Hope is a fucking great song to hear Brian’s sultry voice. The whole song sounds like something you would find on FM and Satellite Radio.
In that regard Anathema reminds me of something I’d get on Dream Theater’s “Scenes from a Memory”. Not in progressiveness, but style, and concept.
The Title track, The World Away rips nuts. It’s an obvious single, maybe not the first one I’d pick because of the obviousness, but a single regardless.
Circle 9 has an almost Type O Negative or Manson-esque mood and feel to it. But strangely doesn’t at all feel out of place in the entirety.
The album gets a little moody in the middle so I’m happy they finished with a strong track. Punctuates the album the right way.
Overall I am truly impressed by what the band has accomplished here. By far the best recording of The Shape and a definite contender for best album of 2017 from the CT area.
The band releases the album tomorrow 8/4/2017 at Cherry Street Station along with Continuum, Deafmute, Fear The Masses, and Nuclear Unicorn.
The Shape is…
Brian Almeida – Vocals, Guitar
Chris Carlino – Guitar, Vocals
Dan Amore – Bass, Vocals
Pete Smith – Drums/Percussion, Vocals