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WINDOW OF HEAVEN

World of Silence

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5 stars FINALLY!Justice has been done,and thanks to Bogdan and UMUR,faithful and passionated PROG ARCHIVES reviewers WORD OF SILENCE are here!Of course,I admit ,I am very subjective when I speak about this album,but it's undoubtedly that WINDOW OF HEAVEN is a pure masterpiece and a forgotten prog metal jewel!I cannot forget the reaction I had when I got this album at his time...something like 2 weeks after it's release!I was simply KO..blown away...and I sayed..MAN!Tis is the iceberg that sink the TITANIC!!I was sure this album will take the prog community by storm and will make major waves in magezines,media,etc!I was so wrong!!!And even today,after so many years,each time when I made an audition of this milestone album,I have the same thrill,passion and positive feeling!That's the sign of quality and timeless value-not a single trace of dust on the quality of the songs and the album still sounds to modern and actual..and most of all ORIGINAL!! We cannot compare this album with anything else,it's savant combination of the best metal elements with the prog-modern ones,but without any possibility to say-well..it sounds like this or that!Absolutelly not!It's unclassifible!This album is like wine.the more he gets old,the better he become!First of all -as I said before-it's ORIGINAL under many aspects-structure of the songs-using of keyboards-presence of guitars-and the vocal parts are stellar!!It's extremelly powerful with many rhythm changes and various influences,making an interesting and atractive prog metal mix which will satisfy especially the prog metal fans!! The vocalist has an amazing range of expression,very technical and versatile-from subtile and passionated lyrical display-just hear the exotic song ENIGMA...and then the torrent of MIRROR OF CONTEPMT,DREAMWAVER,where he has a rage in his voice that takes everything by storm!The song title is a marvelous instrumental,very poetic and emotional,with solid,massive and powerful keyboard parts and a very precise musical theme which is introducing the uptempo song MIRROR OF CONTEMPT-maybee the best song of the album!The musicians are top,really impressive,the production is sensational- crysttal clear and each instrument is so well defined,the diversity of the song is 100 % catchy and when we think that WINDOW OF HEAVEN is a debute album-the shock is even bigger!!!The keyboard parts are very agressive-in DEREK SHERINIAN 's style sometimes and the giitar solos too!The drumming is exceptional-double pedal are used very clever in uptempo songs and overall-as I told bevore-an unbelieveble skilled vocalist-with a very likeble register,trully impressive and powerful!For me WINDOW OF HEAVEN is one of the most unfaithfully underrated prog metal album of all time,a true injustice and I wonder all the timeWHY?Maybee the label was untypical for prog metal bands like WORLD OF SILENCE-BLACK MARK PRODUCTION...maybee the press wasn't ready for such an original prog metal album.Honestly..I DON'T KNOW!But what I know is that WINDOW OF HEAVEN is 3 classes superior to the next one MINDSCAPES,which is not at all a bad album,but doesn't has the spark of genius that this album has! 5 STARS for an album that even now,14 years in 2010 after it's release is so actual and fresh,and deserves a wider recognition and admiration!

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Posted Tuesday, April 06, 2010 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Mirror of Heaven...

For some reason whenever I'm flying I listen to this album, I'm not sure why but it's become something of a tradition. So here I am 33,000 feet above sea level, crossing the Alps on the way to Pula airport and the time feels right to write a few words about this release from short-lived Swedish band, World of Silence.

The Good: This is a great album, it really is, and I would recommend it to just about everyone. However, it is impossible to talk about these guys without harking on about their blatant influences. Whilst nearly every band shows at least some semblance of style from an earlier paradigm, this release sounds EXACTLY like early day Dream Theater. It might be slightly more ambient/experimental but that's just clutching at straws really as the similarities are inescapable. Having said that, when compared directly to When Day and Dream Unite, this debut actually sounds a lot more polished as there are fewer weak tracks to be found and the vocals are much more pleasing on the ear. In addition, the individual songs have a lot of character which is very important in what has now become a congested genre, and this gives a warm of feeling familiarity whilst remaining interesting even after countless listens.

The Bad: 98% derivative.

The Verdict: One of those album's you've probably never heard of but once you listen you're glad you did.

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