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TWILIGHT FURIES

Violent Silence

 

Crossover Prog

3.62 | 18 ratings

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4 stars Review #1

There are always two kinds of albums - the kind where after the first listen you already say that the music on the album sounds good, and the other kind where the music on the album can only be fully grasped after multiple listens. It is exactly to this second group that the new album by Violent Silence belongs. One thing is certain: this is undoubtedly an excellent album, because there is so much more going on here than one might initially suspect.

The star of the album is clearly Johan Hedman. His way of playing the keys is completely unique with regard to the progressive rock spectrum. Due to the fact that there is no guitarist in the band, Hedman gives his keyboards a special role in the tracks. They accompany the basic mood, break with expected twists and turns, and in turn shine in places where you wouldn't expect it. Hedman's trademark is the sometimes enormously complex polyrhythms, coupled with very multi-layered songwriting (which encompasses moods ranging from melancholy fragile to hectic and restless) and a sense for the right moment to keep the music together. And if you think now that Johan Hedman is already doing enough with his keyboards, you might be surprised to hear that he also recorded all the drum tracks. Maybe this is the reason why the rhythmic parts are so well coordinated. However, it is certain that he is also a talented drummer who gives his music the right heartbeat.

Another striking component in the music is the singer Erik Forsberg. If you don't take time to listen to the album, you might say Forsberg is the weak point of the album. I will say, however, that Forsberg's vocal contributions create refreshing contrasts in the music that are not usually found on progressive rock albums. With his deep, raspy, but also very interesting voice, "Twilight Furies" is given a distinct musical identity, which is maintained until the end of the album.

In the end, the new album of "Violent Silence" deserves some patience at the beginning - because only then you realize what perfection, what musicality and what talent is behind everything. For fans of keyboard-oriented prog music, this album is definitely a must!

Smurfreviews | 4/5 |

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