a band is compared to the likes of Muse, Coldplay, Rush, Black Country
Communion and Subsignal, apart from Rush and maybe Black Country
Communion, the alarm bells start ringing for me. I’ve never been
a fan of Muse or Coldplay, they fall into the "give it a miss"
category for me, but as a reviewer and a lover of the Swedish music
scene, I had to give this one chance.
after a chapel built in Dala-Jama by Benesser in central Sweden, trio of
Robert Olsson, Henric Hermansson and David Olsson have been playing
together since they were nine years old. How many bands can say
they have done that and still be together some fifteen years later?
trio have honed their sound over the years and this debut is the
accumulation of those years.
this is an album you have to give a few listens to, it didn’t grab me
from the off, it took a few listens and to be honest I thought I
wouldn’t get it, but after a few listens you feel yourself warming to
the magnetic tones. You can almost feel yourself being dragged
into the dark underbelly of a Swedish winter.
album has some wonderful musicianship on it, with vocalist and bass
player Olsson R delivering the goods on both levels and Hermansson’s
driven guitar solo’s are some of the finest examples of Prog guitar
work you’ll hear, but it's the powerhouse drums of Olsson D that are
the cement that holds everything together.
I had to pick tracks of note then the likes of ‘Colors’, ‘Where O
Death’ and big hitting ‘Babyface’ would be the ones I’d
choose. Like I said, not an album than grips you from the
off. If you're into your modern Prog Rock of the likes of Muse
then this one will definitely float your boat, but for me, I have to be
in the mood for this style of music and today just wasn’t that day.
Review by: Barry McMinn
Where Silence Prevails
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