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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars The first Sylvan CD I ever heard was X rated, and even though I canīt say it is bad, it did not move enough to make me write a review aobut it. I donīt waste time writing about something I donīt like. So It took me a long period to finally hear their next, Posthmous Silence. I really donīt know why they labeled it as neo prog: itīs closer to modern prog in the vein of Radiohead with some metal tendencies here and there. Neo prog to me is a less pompous symphonic rock with the guitar more proeminent than the keyboards. There is nothing like that here. But there is little doubt that this CD is far better than X Rated.

First of all there are some great melodies and the song structures are very good. This is a concept album, over 70 minutes long and itīs quite successful. Whatīs really annoying are those grunge vocals. Not that Marco Glühmann is not good. In fact, he has a terrific voice and on the īcleanī parts (melodic) he does a great job, but when he starts moaning and grunting the words I barely can stand it. Which is a shame since the instrumental part is very well done, with a good flow, alternating heavy moments with other of pure beauty and delicacy. The guitar lines and keyboards textures are just marvelous: very subtle, sophisticated and very well done. If you can go past the īdirtyī vocal parts, chances are youīll love this album. The production is top notch.

To me, fortunatly the good moments are the majority. I can hear this album with much pleasure efven if it does have the issues I mentioned before. As a whole, itīs a great record. Itīs just a matter of taste that i canīt give it four or maybe even 5 stars instead of three. 3,5 stars would be more fitting. The music is excellent.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |


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