Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Album Review: Cadaveria - 'Silence'

Cadaveria - Silence
Released Via Scarlet Records
Genre: Gothic Black Metal

Track Listing:

1. Velo (The Other Side Of Hate)
2. Carnival Of Doom
3. Free Spirit
4. The Soul That Doesn't Sleep
5. Existence
6. Out Loud
7. Death, Again
8. Exercise1
9. Almost Ghostly
10. Loneliness
11. Strangled Icons

It is album number five from this Italian so-called horror metal band and unless you’re the most stereotypical goth on the planet that actually enjoys misery and the feeling of hopelessness this album is going to offer you nothing at all. This is gothic music in the least elegant of forms that I have heard to date. Sure, the clean vocals are good enough, but aren’t really all that. The less said about the monochrome harsh vocals the better.

Take ‘The Soul That Doesn’t Sleep’; every element of the song floats past you without any sign conviction, each riff dull and empty, the melodies unimaginative and passive. It’s all very pedestrian, failing to demand any attention at all. ‘Existence’ does show a spark at fleeting moments, but it soon becomes just as tiresome. ‘Out Loud’ simply lacks any imagination and comes across as little more than a throwaway attempt at black metal, while ‘Death, Again’ makes me want to hit my head against wall as it somehow manages to be even more dull than the preceding songs.

The overall sound of the album doesn’t help anything either. Whatever the lead guitars try to do is so far back in the mix that there was no point including them in the album. When the clean vocals hit any lower notes they are smothered by the dirge of monotony that is the music and the savage spirit of black metal is all but absent. ‘Silence’; ironically, silence would be preferable by far.

Rating: 1/10


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