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Featuring guest vocals of
Oddleif Stensland/Communic and Stefano Fiori/Graveworm
be melodic even at the cost of song structure.
Italian menagerie collectively known as Through Your Silence
falls beneath the scrutinizing eye of Metaldom once more with 'The
Zenith Distance' on June 3rd 2011 ,
follow up to 2008's debut 'Whispers To the Void'. This full
length released via their label Twilight features a total of 10
tracks and has a total play time of 38:01.
I have to say, I haven't had the chance to listen to this band's
previous release for a thorough retrospective comparison but I think
that this leaves me with an advantage of
being completely unbiased and free of prior expectations.
This review is consequently totally at face value.
Broad mix of the record is done quite well and the production is of good
quality.The symphonic orchestrations are the highlight. The Instrumental tracks entitled 'A Distant Reflection' and 'Their Portraits
Forever' are most notable. They're wholly orchestral and don't feature
vocals, guitars, or drums but they are impressively scored. I wouldn't
compare them to the likes of Danny Elfman but they're of the same stock
as Le'rue Delashay.
guitar work in most sections is acceptable and , in my opinion , very
similar to Becoming the Archetype, Born of Osiris, and Dark
tranquillity. It’s not too dissimilar to many other Progressive
and Deathcore bands, except in selective areas they exceed the tempos
typical to such groups. Nonetheless, in essence they remain a ‘Core’
band in terms of guitar composition.
vocals are the weakest attribute of the record among all it’s aspects.
They don’t seem to blend well with the overall tone of the album. They
rely heavily on the almost cliche exchange between screams and clean
vocals. It’s as if this is to counterbalance the intended
‘brutality’ endured by the listener. I could not help but to make
the observation that vocals seem to be inhaled at times. Wether this
technique would be a negative mark is entirely up to the fans but in my
opinion I feel that it is. The vocal tones created by such a method do
not accent the music at all well.
I opted to review this release, I noticed that the band was being
promoted as a Black / Death metal act.
Upon my first round of the album , it's clearly nothing of the
sort. I believe it has become irrelevant to shove each and every band
into a labelled box. However, I feel that this band is so starkly
different from what could be remotely
termed Black or Death Metal , I'm now inclined to assert the difference.
They are not Black Metal nor Death Metal in ideology or overall sound.
I do propose something more appropriate and that would be
I think that this release is a worthy effort of any band, but I could
not find anything characteristic that sets them apart when I looked. The
Band’s influences are often too obvious and are worn on the sleeve. I
don’t believe they have formulated
their identity yet
which makes them indistinguishable among the piles of Band’s available
to listeners. The symphonic elements might create something
of an appeal or niche for them, but they feel out of place among
the sweeping vibe given off by the guitar work. They frequently seem
like they’re straining to be melodic even at the cost of song
structure by placing melodies where they obviously don’t fit.
don’t think that they’re musically mature at this point and clearly
haven’t established a distinctiveness. Despite all that, I do believe
that they have potential to contribute to metal in some way once they
written by Gary Saul
Gary Saul is reviewer for gryphonmetal.ch. based in the U.S.A.
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