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   ROUGH SILK
End Of Infinity
2003
Common Ground Media
http://www.rough-silk.com


rating: 3,5/5

1. Who Killed Vinyl? (intro)
2. Isolation
3. Lucifer's Hotel (Hangover City)
4. Restless Heart
5. Ambrosia
6. What If Darkness Was Brighter Than      Light? (Trans-destination)
7. My Little Friend
8. The Fiddler On The Skeleton Horse
9. Carry On
10. The End Of Infinity
11. Mrs. Jealousy & Mr. Greed
12. Set Me Free
13. Dolly The Sheep Meets Frank The Stein

The German messengers of bombastic piano-laden metal Rough Silk are here with their seventh album "End Of Infinity". They have had a few lineup changes in the past and had also one before this album, namely the departure of the singer Tomas Ludolphy. The first singer Jan Barnett left the band after the "Mephisto" album and was replaced by Ludolphy who now also has left the band. His latest contribution to Rough Silk can be heard on "End Of Infinity"'s predecessor "Symphony Of Life". The band decided not to replace Ludolphy by another singer, but instead decided to handle the vocal department by themselves. So now the new album features three different lead vocalists: Ferdy Doernberg (keyboards and a lot of other instruments), Herbert Hartmann (drums) and Nils Wunderlich (guitar). Sadly, while they're all ok, none of them is a really good singer. Also their voices aren't that different from each other that it would make a specific difference. At times Doernberg sounds too much like Brian Johnson (AC/DC) which doesn't in my opinion fit in with the music at all. In general the use of three different singers would bring a lot more colour to the music if the singers' voices were more different from each other.

Rough Silk's musical direction took a turn after Doernberg's solo effort, the rock opera "Storyteller's Rain". Now their once so amazing slightly operatic heavy metal, in which the piano has a strong role (in the vein of Savatage), has been accompanied by a lot of other elements and the final result varies from really impressive bombastic power metal to hardrock and groovy rock 'n' roll and even some reggae and country influences which occasionally make the music sound like a mishmash of different styles. They do still have their own distinctive style, so their music is recognizable (especially because of the amazing piano breaks), although the album takes a few listens to get into, since it is filled with so many influences and oddities, should I say. Somehow I get the feeling that the band has written some songs more seriously and some sound like they're not to be taken seriously at all. Songs like "Restless Heart" with its beautiful piano parts and rather massive overall touch, "What If Darkness Was Brighter Than Light?", a quality melodic metal tune, "The Fiddler On The Skeleton Horse" with its beautiful and melacncholy melodyline combined with crunchy guitars and pounding drumming are the ones that impress me the most. Incidentally they're also the ones closest to the old pompous style.

submitted by Aleksi 17.10.2003

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