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3.38 | 18 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Please Wait... Forgetting... (0:44)
2. Caesura (8:21)
3. Luna (9:44)
4. Oxymoron (5:27)
5. Bottom (10:24)
6. 4 (8:35)
7. Inadeguato (5:50)
8. Tome' (5:23)
9. Cursed Nature (For Caligola) (6:45)
10. Der Stille Entgegen (3:12)

Line-up / Musicians

- Alessandro Seravalle / guitars, piano, e-bow, music & poems
- Camillo Colleleuori / drums, all arrangements
- Raffaello Indri / rhythm & lead guitars, acoustic guitars, guitar-synth
- Pino Mechi / the Chapman stick

Special guest:
- Alessandro Stornello / semi-acoustic lead guitar on "Bottom"

Releases information

CD Mellow Records MMP463 (2004)

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GARDEN WALL Towards The Silence ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(22%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
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Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars "Towards the Silence" finds Garden Wall following and reinforcing the psyche-metal trend that they have been explicitly pursuing since their "Chimica" album, subtly announced in their third effort "The Seduction of Madness". Once again we meet this half sinister, half neurotic mixture of prog metal, thrash, doom, contemporary King Crimson inspired sonic power, jazz-rock with psychedelic tendencies and experimental madness a-la Mr. Bungle-meets-RIO. The obscure magic and abstruse tension that the album's repertoire displays all along the way is preceded by a beautiful brief acoustic guitar/stick duet 'Please Wait. Forgetting.', after which 'Caesura' emerges as a storm of madness and schizophrenia: there are some calm interludes that mostly serve as a slower demonstration of the same inner discomfort. Anger also rules supreme in 'Luna': this song is not as bright as the moon, but dark as the veil of night that spreads around it. The alternation of explicit strong passages and calmer ones is also used for good effect here. The incandescent sounds that come from the dual guitars and Saravalle's tortured singing shouldn't distract from the fact that the rhythm section manages to provide a solid foundation of precision among the constant mood shifts and complex patterns. 'Oxymoron' starts very Crimsonian, but it won't be long before a wildest thrash metallic "Sturm und Drang" to bring some more of the band's reckless disturbing musical vision. The 10 minute long 'Bottom' contains well-crafted post rock-oriented passages with jazzy leanings intertwined with the usual metal thing that ultimately erupts and rises the temperature (again.). '4' pretty much offers a recapitulation of the ambiences comprised in the previous 4 tracks, providing a more pronounced Crimsonian flavor to the mix - for this one, Saravalle's singing sounds like a hybrid of Belew and Stratos. The jazzy passages include some Metheny-like leads. This track, together with tracks 2 and 3, fills the most emblematic part of the album. 'Inadeguato' is the closest to funky that Garden Wall can get under the artistic circumstances that frame the album's line of work. 'Tome' (the original title is written in Greek script) reiterates somewhat the funky ingredient, but again, the metallic neurosis emerges to bring obscurity and oppression, in communion with some eerie post rock passages. 'Cursed Nature' brings some Holdsworth-inspired energetic jazz-rock ornaments among the metallic dementia. 'Der Stellen Entgegen' closes down the album with a 3-minute soundscape on guitar-synth, seasoned with soft piano flourishes: an unexpected breeze of introspection after the long turmoil. "Towards the Silence" is a very weird album, indeed, located in a limbo between the perpetual storm of radical metal and the complexity of avant-prog, difficult enough to challenge the criteria of metal and prog lovers. I love it and regard it as excellent: the guys in Garden Wall have made a clear statement about how they see themselves as creators and performers.

Latest members reviews

5 stars This is difficult music, for few people with "trained" ears. SOME musicians evolve, u cannot expect the same album everytime because u like it THAT way : this is not a PROGRESSIVE vision ! Garden Wall are more progressive than most of tha band because of this ! I liked Chimica more than other albums ... (read more)

Report this review (#67934) | Posted by | Thursday, February 2, 2006 | Review Permanlink

1 stars This time they named it "Towards The Silence", and I would just add "the sooner they get there the better". I mean to keep silence for a while would suite them better. I would have thought their last opus "Forget the colors" was a kind of mistake and hoped GW will return to their normal selfs ... (read more)

Report this review (#35121) | Posted by eugene | Monday, May 30, 2005 | Review Permanlink

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