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DEAFENING OPERA

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The band was formed in Munich in 2005 by lead singer Adrian DALEORE, guitarists Mortitz KUNKEL and Thomas MOSER, and bassist Christian ECKSTEIN, and joined by Konrad GONSCHOREK (drums) and Tilman ESPERT (keyboards) who was replaced by Gerald MARIE in 2009. They have released their first album in 2009, ''Synesteria'', which was showing the progressive metal side of the band. Then the band moved to a progressive rock style with their EP ''25,000 miles'' in 2011. This is the base to the new album ''Blueprint'' out in 2013 with lyrics in French and English.

The big riffs in their music contrast some delicate melody parts and the different types of tone voices make this band even more interesting for a progressive rock listener. We can hear a definitive influence from some hard rock bands of the past, also FAITH NO MORE and ECHOLYN.

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Synesteria
2009
3.84 | 22 ratings
Blueprint
2013
3.19 | 15 ratings
Let Silence Fall
2018

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25 miles
2011

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 Let Silence Fall by DEAFENING OPERA album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.19 | 15 ratings

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Let Silence Fall
Deafening Opera Heavy Prog

Review by Steve Conrad

3 stars The Band:

Adrian Daleore (vocals) Moritz Kunkel (guitar) Thomas Moser (guitar) G'rald Marie (keys) Christian Eckstein (bass) Konrad Gonschorek (drums)

DEAFENING OPERA was formed in 2006 in Munich, Germany, and have released three full-length albums, and an EP that formed the basis of their second album 'Blueprint'.

Let Silence Fall was released March 2018.

The Album:

My initial thought when I started listening was 'Wow'!

There's a lot to like on this album. It's billed as a concept album- for me one of the things that have ultimately reduced my over-all rating.

If it's a concept album, it has different requirements than simply a collection of songs. It needs to hang together with common threads and themes.

Perhaps I'm obtuse, but for me, the concept is terrifically obscure- I'll take a shot at interpretation, but for sure, I'm doing a lot of guessing.

A Lot to Like:

There are the kinds of contrasts, melodic passages, musicianship, composition, ensemble playing, and grandness that I value in progressive rock.

The band, who's core has endured and thrived for a dozen years, has surely gotten to know each other's styles and strengths.

I was impressed as well by the packaging- the digipak that housed the CD that guitarist and composer Moritz Kunkel provided me- the lyrics sheet (makes reviewing much simpler), and the art work as a whole.

I could hear the progressive metal roots of DEAFENING OPERA in the crunchy chords and riffs that predominate, yet the evolution into more complete stature as progressive rock was also evident.

A song might start wistfully and tenderly- and here vocalist Adrean Daleore shines- and then move into a near- orchestral grandeur'and back again. I like music that makes me think AND feel, and much of this does.

The Concept: The track 'Down the River' seemed to set the themes. The river itself was a recurring image, and by the end of the tale, had changed from waters of life to the stillness and stolidity of sand and rock and desert.

The protagonist- a young warrior who is coming of age, implores his father for wisdom and guidance. He begs for father's blessing, and points out two scenarios that appear to cause him anxiety.

He asks his father to define him, and to help him set free the destiny he believes he holds within.

Now, it gets murkier.

It seemed like the protagonist found love. In 'Amber Light' there is certainly tenderness, but also restless insomnia, and (a vision?) his father blaming him for the sense of crisis in the world.

From then on, things get worse, spiraling into madness, terror, and finally, what seemed like death for the tragic couple.

It SEEMED like in twisted sexual play, the protagonist destroyed his wife, and then struggled to live with himself, and with her in his memory.

Oddly the timelessness of the opening tracks and lyrics gave way to modern-day images, like driving, gasoline, some current topics.

In 'Sweet Silence' we hear a modern TV announcer, for example, and some news headlines about The White House, war, and politics.

These seemed jarring, and ill-fitting.

The best tracks did have mythic timelessness and images. I was especially touched by such lines as this one, from 'Man and Machine': 'We walk in life backwards watching the past/ Blind to what lies yet ahead'.

Or these lyrics from the epic closing track, 'Plus Ultra': 'Growing old losing hold of you/ Far from grace now to face my shadow/ Rust to rust turn to dust again/ Twin echo as we're going down'.

What's Not to Like:

The confusing concept was one challenge.

Another was that while the vocalist shone on the tender and gentle passages, for me he did not handle the rough and raw sections as well. I was distracted at times, and found myself wondering what a gutsy, powerful vocalist would bring to those sections.

His efforts at the rougher segments seemed forced or growl-by-numbers, and not as authentic.

There were the seeds of some fine choral segments. Harmonies were established, and needed more development. This would be a strong potential growing area for the band.

Finally, the energy of the opening tracks seemed to wind down a bit, and the hour-and-change of this album began to seem long as a result.

My initial 'Wow!' changed to a bit of a let-down because of those factors.

My rating:

My initial response was to go 2.5 out of 5 tragic stars.

But after several more listening sessions, I think I was too severe.

Today, 3.5 out of 5 stars.

 Let Silence Fall by DEAFENING OPERA album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.19 | 15 ratings

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Let Silence Fall
Deafening Opera Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars It is some five years since Deafening Opera released their second album, but finally they are back with their third. Even before putting it in the player I was impressed with the effort that had been put into the presentation, with all lyrics contained in the booklet. This is a concept album, but interestingly there is no explanation of that in the booklet, or in the press release, or on their website as there is an expectation that the listener will work the story out for themselves. I don't know why it has taken so long for a follow-up, but it is good to see that the six-man line-up are the same as last time, and there is a continuity and tightness that only comes from a band that know each other well.

They have moved firmly into hard prog territory this time, keeping it tight but never really pushing into prog metal, although they do have their moments. Adrian Daleore has a good clean voice, and by often staying more baritone than many, it definitely provides a distinctive front sound to the band. They state that the sounds they are using are more modern now, and in many ways that is true, although I did feel that they probably have more in common with many of the 90's neo-prog acts than many of the others that around today, although Riverside continues to be an obvious influence. They are playing some gigs in the near future, and they need to get out and capitalise on this, as they have been taking too long between albums to build a real momentum. The lack of reviews for this album on the web also shows how much they need to build their profile, which is a real shame as yet again they have produced a strong album, with some interesting ideas that has been well produced. It may not be essential, but it is certainly well worth investigating

 Blueprint by DEAFENING OPERA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 22 ratings

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Blueprint
Deafening Opera Heavy Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars German band DEAFENING OPERA was formed back in 2006 and released their debut album "Synesteria" in 2009, followed by the EP "25.000 Miles" the following year. "Blueprint" is their second full length production, self released by the band in the summer of 2013.

"Blueprint" comes across as a well planned and recorded excursion into the realm of progressive hard rock of a kind that incorporates details from the bands of yesteryear just as much as from bands of a more contemporary nature. Some of the songs also include elements with more of a mainstream hard rock origin however, and on quite a few occasions it is easy to understand that this is a band that strated out playing progressive metal. The lead vocals will most likely limit the overall appeal of this album, but for those who enjoy the dramatic, theatrical style of vocals used here "Blueprint" will come across as a well made progressive hard rock production.

 Blueprint by DEAFENING OPERA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 22 ratings

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Blueprint
Deafening Opera Heavy Prog

Review by aapatsos
Special Collaborator Prog Metal and Heavy Prog Teams

4 stars Deafening Riffs

Second album from German (+a French) Heavy Proggers Deafening Opera and my first acquaintance with the band; and I am pleased to say what a delightful one it is. Borrowing from both 70s Heavy Prog and the more modern versions of it, they manage to create an album that sounds professional, catchy and well balanced.

Don't get fooled by their softer (and somehow weaker) side as appears on the opener 'Her Decay' (Spock's Beard and Echolyn come to mind) and further down on the French-sung 'Paralelno' (with a beautiful refrain ala Enchant): this is some serious heavy progressive rock balancing on the retro-riffology that Black Bonzo have brought back and on its contemporary polished interpretation of Porcupine Tree, with occasional references directly to legends such as Atomic Rooster and their descendants Bigelf. All done in style, funky mood ('Dripping Hot Chocolate'), led by accomplished singer Adrian Daleore who can deliver from mellow parts to super-harsh bluesy stuff (a real opera singer as the band revealed!), reminding me of the range of Mike Baker of Shadow Gallery (R.I.P.). Marie's keyboards are very discreet, supporting majestically the pounding riffs of Kunkel and Moser, which are some of the best I have heard in prog music through 2013.

The story told I have not been yet able to discover fully, but the concept is that of a personal journey of experiences; '25,000 miles' captures the feeling perfectly, and although a sad story, the music sounds more enthusiastic/dynamic rather than sad and mellow (with above mentioned exceptions). Despite some few weak moments, this is a solid package of heavy-tilted prog rock, modern, professional and passionate.

 Blueprint by DEAFENING OPERA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.84 | 22 ratings

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Blueprint
Deafening Opera Heavy Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars This is the second full-length album from Munoch band Deafening Opera, following on from 2009'2 'Synesteria'. Although it is available through Bandcamp it is also available as a properly released CD, which is what I have. The first thing that really strikes the listener is just how polished this is, which both takes the edge off the heaviness but also provides additional emphasis where required. They describe themselves as a cross between Porcupine Tree and Riverside, but there are also plenty of elements of City Boy, 3rDegree and more in an album that is both restrained and in your face, full of Seventies influences yet very much for today, clean and simple yet complex and layered: all at the same time. The first time I played this it brought a smile to my face and each time I have listened to it that has just got bigger.

It is an album that brings in so many influences that different people will classify them in different ways: PA has them marked as 'Heavy Prog', MMA has them as 'Hard Rock' and my personal view is that they are Crossover with elements of Prog Metal. But really, who cares what we call it? In simplistic terms there are just two types of music, good and bad, and this definitely fall into the former. When there is a need for the music to crunch it does just that, but where it needs to be more restrained then yet again it hits the mark. This is a wonderful album, and if you want something that is polished and dynamic while packed full of great songs then this is for you. For more details visit their site at www.deafening-opera.de

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