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POSTHUMOUS SILENCE

Sylvan

 

Neo-Prog

4.15 | 342 ratings

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4 stars Next generation band.

The future progressive music could tend to go on mixing Metal, Math Rock and Electro. Bands like Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Riverside, Mars Volta, System of a Down and OSI have great futures in front of them. Kidz are getting more and more open minded, wanting more diversity on each record and creating a need for new blood and fresh ideas...So maybe less space for the traditionnal rock band? Perhpas.

But not with bands like Sylvan, Germany's best kept secret of the last 5 years. Sylvan is proudly making music that won't revolutionnate anything, but the torch has been past to younger bands like them with heart and soul, like the old times. Sylvan is by no means a 'retro band', making music to only give hommage to their favorite band. Néo- Progressive is saturated with clones and wannabes, oh lord get me out of here. Now the genre is falling into pieces, but bands are still providing crates of Marillion cloning! Get the picture?

Fresh blood with cojones, you get Sylvan. They're not choir boys, without being metal , but it's getting closer and closer and...Their sound is fresh and modern. A bit of mainstream attitude mixed with classic rock and metal at the same time. Think Our Lady Peace, Three Days Grace and Tori Amos. Curious blend, but mean attack! They applied themselves on Posthumous Silence, and it shows from A-Z. It's not a double album, but there's so much to get into, it sure feels like one! The plot is also very heavy: dealing with subjects like suicide and deep remorses is touchy, and could easily fall into cheesy, marshmallow material. Oof, we're clear on here, but this is a very emotionnal record, kinda like Brave (Marillion), but NOT sounding like it; Sylvan sound great, modern, young, and Gluhmann is my choice of best voice of 2006.

This album is making a big ruckuss in Europe, but not in North America. Understandable, it just came out, but people seem to get berserk over this one across the Atlantic. Great, looks like someone got what they are, finally! Who knew that the runner-up for best 2006 album was this early in the year? Woo-hoo.

Promsing symphonic bands doing it right: Wobbler, Paatos, The Tangent, Magic Pie and now add Sylvan please.

Remember that name, Sylvan. You will hear it often.

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