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Weeping Silence - "For The Unsung" (CD)

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"For The Unsung" track listing:

1. Mourning Sighs Farewell (Intro) (2:03)
2. Love Lies Bleeding (6:09)
3. Disillusioned (6:11)
4. Mire of Pity (6:01)
5. Search Within (5:16)
6. Fallen from Grace (5:48)
7. Bitter Screams (6:26)
8. Your Darkest Hour (5:37)
9. My Possession (7:13)

Reviewed by on March 22, 2013

"As far as death/doom standards go, this is played magnificently with soulful and emotion provoking solos..."

Malta: situated in the center of the Mediterranean sea, this small archipelago held great strategic importance for many ancient cultures, including the Greeks, Romansm and Arabs. Renowned as a gorgeous tourist destination, the small nation is best known for the Megalithic Temples, which are the oldest free standing structures on earth built in three distinct time periods from 5000BC and 700BC. Culturally rich, the now westernized musical tastes overshadow the traditional Maltese folk music called ghana. While Malta may not be a hotbed for metal, it presents a budding scene with acts from many subgenres, including the melodic metallers Rising Sunset, the epic doomsters Forsaken, the gothic metal act Stillborn, and the death doom of Weeping Silence. The “Sultans of Siggiewi” have been around since the mid-’90’s and in the fall of 2012 released third LP “For the Unsung” through Ravenheart. The band’s sound may not be earth shattering, lying somewhere in the murky waters between Epica and Draconian, but there is a tremendous upswing that foretells a bright future.

This review comes at an awkward time in the band’s history as the beauty and beast (and husband and wife) vocal team of Rachel and Joseph Grech have split with the band, having been replaced by Diane Camunzuli and Dario Pace Taliana. So, looking at “For the Unsung” with a sort of odd “posthumous” eye, with all the benefits of hindsight, I can honestly say that though Rachel has very admirable talent, I am really looking forward to the change with Camunzuli. On the other hand, her husband Joseph is a brilliant death metal voice, with a grim whispery style, and represents one of the highlights of the album. Sure, death metal singers are a dime a dozen, right? Well, if take out the incoherent growls of most bands, then you will see those choices become a little less replete.

Despite the split, the music core of Weeping Silence is the same and represents the solid foundation of a band that sees a bright future. Songs like “Fallen From Grace” and “Bitter Screams” are raptures of haunting gothic doom littered with hooks and hammering mid paced doom riffs with those fractions of silence (you know I’m a sucker for a well-placed pause). The winners of the release are the somber downtrodden beauty of “Mire of Pity,” which depletes jubilation from even the most positive individual, and the more up tempo and fetching, but no less devastating, “The Search Within.” Cap those off with the album’s best chorus in “Love Lies Bleeding,” while “My Possession” is by far Rachel’s best vocal performance on the album.

The production is excellent with a great mix and vocal levels. If I had one complaint it is the slight lack of variety in the style. At times some of the songs appear to merge together with a similar feel, which is a bit too close to what many other acts have done (oddly, most of them from Finland). As far death/doom standards go, this is played magnificently with soulful and emotion provoking solos (see Mario Ellul and Manuel Spiteri’s work in “My Possession”). It’s is just a bit hard to distinguish the sound from other bands, something I hope the switch in the vocal team will rectify. Other than that, Weeping Silence presents an effort worthy of praise, with tremendous upswing for the future.

Highs: By death/doom standards this is highly enjoyable. So much future potential.

Lows: The style needs more variety to distinguish from the myriad of bands with a similar sound.

Bottom line: Weeping Silence presents a style that is bit overplayed in the scene, but there is a tremendous future upswing.

Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls
3.5 out of 5 skulls


Key
Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)