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ECHOSILENCE

Experimental/Post Metal • Estonia


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In the beginning of 1996, after a break of a few months, Estonian death-thrash metal group DECEASE started rehearsing again. Shortly, after a few rehearsals the group was left without a singer and a bass player due to the different musical direction the majority of the band wanted to explore. The band remained a three piece consisting of MAREKK KIVI (guitar), MART KURU (guitar), and RISTO MOTUS (drums) until fretless bass player ARIAN LEVIN joined the group shortly after the trio recorded their first four track demo in July. With the addition of Arian the group's music became much richer and dynamic. The musical style changed to a more melodic, experimental and technical style of jazz fused heavy metal. Since the band changed the scope of their music so dramatically and still needed a singer, they decided to move away from the death vocals of DECEASE and brought in a female vocalist TRIIN PATA. The band then changed their name to ECHOSILENCE.

On December 26th, the debut concert of ECHOSILENCE took place in Rakvere, Estonia.

In August of 1997, the band recorded an instrumental, nine track demo tape, "..and Sorrow." After the nine track demo, TRIIN PATA left and ECHOSILENCE remained an instrumental band. The band recorded their first professional four track demo tape, "Eclectic Collaborations" in 1998. A song from this demo also appears on the "Sun in My Hand" compilation released by Nebiula Productions (Malaysia).

In February of 2002, ARIAN LEVIN decided to pursue his career as a composer after graduating from the Estonian Musical Academy and left the band. He was replaced by KERT KIRSIMAE who often covered for Arian during live shows while he was studying abroad in Israel. A five track demo was recorded before this line-up change featuring both Arian and Kert on the fretless bass.

In 2003, soprano vocalist KADRI RATT (INSTIGATOR OF GRIEF) joined the band.

On August 8th of 2005, ECHOSILENCE released a mini-CD "Distant Horizons" on Estonian metal label, Nailboard Records.

WHY THIS BAND IS LISTED IN THE ARCHIVES:
ECHOSILENCE explore a brand of progressive metal influenced by classic heavy metal and jazz which are evident in their demos as an instrumental band. Their latest release "Distant Horizons" shows the band moving in a more experimental direction. They specialize in complex compositions with a technical approach. They were approved by the Prog Metal Team.

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2.94 | 7 ratings
Distorted Horizon
2005

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2.00 | 1 ratings
Demo 97 - ...and sorrow
1997
2.00 | 1 ratings
Demo 98 - Eclectic collaborations
1998

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 Distorted Horizon  by ECHOSILENCE album cover Studio Album, 2005
2.94 | 7 ratings

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Distorted Horizon
Echosilence Experimental/Post Metal

Review by J-Man
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3 stars Born from the ashes of Estonian death metal act Decease, Echosilence is a five-piece progressive metal band that's been around as far back as 1996. Sporting four virtuoso instrumentalists and a woman with a beautiful set of pipes, Echosilence aims to create a style of jazz-metal that showcases their melodic songwriting skills while still showing their technical chops. Distorted Horizon is their first and (as of now) only EP release, as the band hasn't put out any material since this 2005 mini-album. Hopefully Echosilence returns to the scene soon, as Distorted Horizon is both promising and impressive as a debut statement. Fans of jazzy progressive metal will definitely want to check out this obscure gem.

Unlike many bands that explore the 'jazzy' end of the metal spectrum, Echosilence is entirely void of the extreme metal influences that characterize acts like Atheist, Cynic, Pestilence, and Death. Instead, Echosilence takes the sound of a band like Fates Warning or Queensryche, and expands their style to include touches of jazz-based instrumental technique, alternative-sounding song structures, and catchy pop choruses. Distorted Horizon should sound accessible and somewhat familiar to most experienced progressive metal listeners, but Echosilence still manages to put their own unique spin on the style to keep the EP sounding fresh and original.

Fans of technical metal will also be happy to know that the musicianship is held to an exceptionally high level on Distorted Horizon, and the crystal-clear production allows the listener to hear every small detail. This is the sort of release that challenges the listener's mind as well as their emotions, and that's what a good progressive metal release needs to do in my opinion. Distorted Horizon may not be an 'essential' release, but it does come recommended for fans of technical/progressive metal. I'd be very curious to hear what Echosilence is capable of in the full-length album format, and hopefully this lengthy hiatus does not signal an end for this promising act.

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Distorted Horizon
Echosilence Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Mellotron Storm
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2 stars ECHOSILENCE are a Metal band out of Estonia with female vocals. This recording runs just under 30 minutes. I have to say this is one of those albums that just doesn't work for me. I can imagine the vocalist singing Christian pop music but not the style of music that we have here. It just doesn't sound right. The instrumental music comes across as being very predictable throughout even if it sounds good for the most part.

"Views On Views" opens with guitar that almost echoes as synths wash in, bass then an all out assault before a minute.The best minute of the whole album. Vocals come in as it settles but then it turns too sweet for my tastes 2 minutes in. Kicks back in after 5 minutes but then the vocals and sugar are back.

"Distorted Horizon" is led by bass and drums early as vocals come in. Some power a minute in as contrasts continue. I like the heavy sound 5 minutes in that continues for a minute. "Information Intoxication" is alternative sounding early on until the vocals come in. Guitars get heavy at times. "Human Animal" builds to some aggressive riffing as vocals (sometimes processed) join in. It settles 2 1/2 minutes in then kicks back in.

I can't even give this 3 stars. Just not a fan at all.

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Distorted Horizon
Echosilence Experimental/Post Metal

Review by RavenDarkmoon

3 stars I'm always a bit skeptic when a metal band is fronted by a female vocalist, generally these bands mean symphonic/gothic voyage with opera-like vocals and I have nothing against this singing style yet it's a highly overused style. Echosilence is one of the exceptions to this "rule" since the Nowhere-Girl that sings has a very clear and beatiful voice, almost childish yet it's very sweet to the ear.

Echosilence reminds me a lot of Dream Theater pseudo-clone band Dali's Dilemma, also a part of this Archives. While not trying to show of with flashy solos, catchy riffs and sudden structure changes are the backbone of the band and they pull of this very good, often switching from very heavy power chord filled passages to soothing and dreamy guitar licks. Also, the vocalist helps a lot in this formula with her clean voice combined with the occasional calmness inserted in the songs.

Kudos to the drummer, Risto Motus, because Echosilence also bases their music on catchy rhythmic drumming and this makes Risto play non-stop through all the songs, especially in the calm parts where his drumming is used more as a lead for the vocalist than the guitar.

To resume, Echosilence delivers a very catchy and enjoyable set of four song in half an hour yet it's not music that hasn't been done before in the Prog Metal scene. Should please momentarily Prog Metal fans.

3 stars for me!

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Echosilence Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Salviaal

4 stars Wow, where has this come from? This is supposedly prog metal, but it is very different from your average prog metal band. It has strong fusion influences as well as a lot of electronica, without losing the awesome heaviness. The female vocalist also brings in a lot to the table. One could say she sounds like a cross between Kate Bush and Bjork. All the tunes on here sound fresh and original but the strongest one is the 10 minute title track which starts with a sound that is practically indistinguishable from Bjork's music, but you're in for a surprise when the metal riff enters! This band has a lot of potential, I will be awaiting a full-lenth.

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 Demo 98 - Eclectic collaborations by ECHOSILENCE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1998
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Demo 98 - Eclectic collaborations
Echosilence Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

— First review of this album —
2 stars Profficient . but empty

The second of two demos made available by this Estonian band through their website, this collections consists of four songs. The overall sound is of tracks which are at of near their final form. By this time, female vocalist Triin Pata had moved on, the band deciding to become an instrumental outfit. Their music is difficult to classify, drawing in prog metal, fusion and post rock. Having evolved from a death metal band, the metal aspects are the most dominant, but there is plenty of melody in this the band's first professional demo.

The opening "Spectotation" is a five minute number which sets off frantically with Dream Theater like metal guitar work. For me, the drums are far too forward in the mix and rather too phonetic, to the point where they are something of a distraction. The absence of any vocals leave the piece feeling proficient but rather empty.

"Science hole" opens with a slightly lighter melody, which alternates with heavy guitar riffing. "Negative pocket" moves further from the metal influences, with suggestions of artists such as JOHN MCLAUGHLIN and CARLOS SANTANA interspersed with more rock orientated themes. "Square circle", the longest track, is a continuation of "Negative pocket" in terms of style. As with all the tracks here, the song is well put together and competently recorded, but ultimately rather dull and directionless. Perhaps the addition of vocals would have provided the stimulus missing from these selections.

In all, a reasonable effort, but it is hard to see the band succeeding based on demos such as this, it is simply too anonymous. The demo is currently available for download in full via the band's official website (linked to via their page on this site).

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 Demo 97 - ...and sorrow by ECHOSILENCE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
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Demo 97 - ...and sorrow
Echosilence Experimental/Post Metal

Review by Easy Livin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin

— First review of this album —
2 stars Time to move on

Echosilence evolved from Estonian death metal band Decease, the name change coming about as they decided to move away from that style in a more melodic prog metal and fusion direction.

The music here is post rock mixed with prog metal, and a little jazz fusion. It is entirely instrumental, despite the fact that they had a female vocalist at the time, according to the band's website. This gives the music a rather one dimensional sound based around the guitars, notwithstanding the diversity of styles which influence the band.

The riffing is strongly reminiscent of DREAM THEATER although the solo guitar breaks tend to be rather less note filled. There are also similarities with the music of EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY with the duel guitar themes, and the over dominant drums.

The demo's included here sound pretty much complete in terms of production. They do however clearly lack the focus of a vocal melody or even a keyboards interlude, anything to break the monotony.

It is difficult to see why the band continue to offer this EP in full on their official website. Is clearly does not represent where that are now, having been recorded 9 years previously. It was indeed, time to move on.

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