Artist: Code Of Silence
world of Melodic Metal over the years has been dominated by bands out of
continental Europe, with only a few British bands breaking the mould in
recent years and delivering the metal to the masses. Now another
band are flying the flag (or should I say Saltire) for British Melodic
Metal are Code Of Silence.
in 2010 Eden’s Curse’s Paul Logue, along with James Murray, set
about forming a band of talented Scottish musicians. So it was to
Edinburgh for drummer John Clelland and then to Renfrewshire for
keyboardist Scott McLean, although it was south of the border that the
guys went to enlist the talents of young virtuoso guitarist Ben Randall
(ex-Power Quest) and even further a field to Brazil for vocalist Gus
Monsanto! (Timo Tolkki's Revolution Renaissance). So Code of
Silence was born.
Logue and Murray providing the songs for this wondrous slice of Melodic
Metal, it was over to fellow Eden’s Curser Alessandro Del Vecchio to
mix and master the album. The result is something rather special,
in the world of home grown Metal.
album opens up with the obligatory intro ‘Omertà’, before the might
of the album is released proper with the excellent ‘Bitter Sweet
Paradise’, as the guitars of Randall ring out in all their glory,
before the towering rhythm section of Clelland and Murray soon join in
the act. But it's when Monsanto delivers his first note that you
know that this is going to be something rather special, his vocals fill
the air with a power and grace that is the icing on this Melodic Metal
album continues its impressive assault on the senses with ‘Sky Is
Falling Down’, the debut single from the album. Another soaring
guitar laden slice of Metal that will make the hairs on the back of your
neck stand to attention, with Tainted Nations frontman and Eden’s
Curse drummer Pete Newdeck providing backing vocals on this one.
band power on through and I mean POWER with the massive ‘Tame The
Tempest’, before the even more impressive ‘Dark Skies Of
Babylon’. This one has to be my track of the album, it's just
seven and a half minutes of pure ear-candy, with Monsanto dueting with
Joanna Ruiz on this one. This might not be an all out screaming
guitar frenzied slice of head down metal, but what it is is just as
powerful and with this track in particular, I think the band are making
a statement that they are the complete Melodic Metal package.
tempo is picked up once more with the stunning ‘Seventh Seal’, with
Randall exchanging chops with McLean’s soaring keyboards to great
effect on the this one, before it's up another gear with storming
‘Witches Of November’, then bringing a little darker vibe with the
tremendous ‘Black Abyss’.
to the Crusades that we find the band thunderously finding inspiration
for the excellent ‘Knights Of The Crimson Cross’, then it's back to
the epic multi-faceted Metal once more with the quite sublime
‘Midnight Cathedral’. This for me is Monsanto at his very
album closes in fine style with the haunting ‘Here To Heaven’,
although I say close, the album does in fact boast two bonus tracks,
with the alternative version of the title track ‘Dark Skies Over
Babylon’ and the original demo of the single ‘Sky Is Falling
is one hell of debut from a band who only came into being in 2010 and
has to be one of the finest Melodic Metal albums to come out of the UK
for many a year now. The silence is broken, spread the word, there
may be 'Darks Skies Over Babylon', but there is a shining light in the
world of British Melodic
Metal and it is Code Of Silence.
Review by: Barry McMinn
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