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zaterdag 09 januari 2016
WEEPING SILENCE: Opus IV Oblivion



Release: 2015-10-23
Style: gothic doom metal
Label: www.massacre-records.com
Website: www.weepingsilence.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weepingsilence
Country: Malta
Playing Time: 53:05
Cat. N°: MAS CD0917
Review by: Vera
Translated by: Vera
Rating: 8,5/10


English:

Malta has a small, yet lively metal scène. Weeping Silence has been a part of that for twenty years, yet in ever changing line-ups. After all the time they only come up with their fourth studio album and again ‘Opus IV Oblivion’ introduces any new members. This time the ‘beauty and the beast’ tandem of vocalists is renewed. Nevertheless Dario Pace Taliana (grunts) and Diane Camenzuli (serene female vocals) did a great job.

Weeping Silence plays traditional doom/gothic metal, totally in Draconian like tradition. Vocalist Anders Jacobsson of this Swedish band could be heard as guest on the previous album ‘For The Unsung’, but now Dario does the job alone with juicy growls and solemn spoken interludes. The voice of Diane is most comparable with the one of Sharon den Adel of Within Temptation, while the lengthy dark songs are nicely arranged with slightly symphonic layers and loads of beautiful guitar solos. That’s how they put down a dreamy, dark atmosphere, with the emphasis on doom. This will surely appeal to fans of Draconian and Swallow The Sun. In addition it never gets too smooth and sleek. ‘Opus IV Oblivion’ happens to be the heaviest and best album Weeping Silence has released until now.


Nederlands:

Malta heeft een kleine, maar levendige metalscène. Daar maakt Weeping Silence al twintig jaar deel van uit, zij het in wisselende bezetting. In al die tijd zijn ze pas toe aan het vierde studioalbum en ook ‘Opus IV Oblivion’ introduceert enkele nieuwe leden. Zo is de ‘beauty & the beast’ tandem van vocalisten vernieuwd. Dario Pace Taliana (grunts) en Diane Camenzuli (serene vrouwenzang) maken echter een goede beurt.

Weeping Silence maakt traditionele doom/gothic metal, geheel in de traditie van Draconian. Zanger Anders Jacobsson van deze Zweden was al te horen op vorig album ‘For The Unsung’, maar nu klaart Dario de klus alleen met sappige grunts en plechtig gesproken interludia. De stem van Diane is meest vergelijkbaar met die van Sharon del Adel van Within Tempation, terwijl de lange donkere songs mooi gearrangeerd zijn met lichte symfonische lagen en tal van fraaie gitaarsolo’s. Zo wordt er een dromerige, duistere sfeer neergezet, met de nadruk op doom, die fans van Draconian en Swallow The Sun zal bevallen. Bovendien wordt het nergens te klef en is ‘Opus IV Oblivion’ het heftigste en beste album dat Weeping Silence tot nu toe uitbracht.


Tracklist:

Oblivion – Darkness In My Heart Anno XV (6:10)
Ivy Thorns Upon The Barrow (5:40)
Eyes Of The Monolith (6:27)
Hidden From The Sun (5:37)
In Exile (6:13)
Stormbringer (7:27)
Transcending Destiny (4:06)
Bury My Fairytale (4:29)
Gothic Epitaph (6:38)

Musicians:

Diane Camenzuli: vocals
Dario Pace Taliana: vocals
Manuel Spiteri: guitars
Mario Ellul: guitars
Sean Pollacco: bass
Alison Ellul: keyboards
Angelo Zammit: drums




Geplaatst door Vera op zaterdag 09 januari 2016 - 23:27:20
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