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   SILENT VOICES
Chapters Of A Tragedy
2002
Low Frequency Records
http://www.silentvoices.cjb.net


rating: 4/5

1. Beyond Shadows
2. HumanCradleGrave
3. Tragedy
4. Cross My Path
5. Falling From Grace
6. Glassheart
7. The Last Sunset
Silent Voices are a Finnish prog metal band, that wanders on the footsteps of Dream Theater and Symphony X. The singer of the band, namely Michael Henneken, is certainly no Russel Allen, but he sounds like he's not using all of capability and therefore his singing seem to lack some power. This is indeed prog metal, so the musicians are very talented, especially the guitarist Timo Kauppinen and the keyboardist, Henrik Klingenberg who now has also joined Sonata Arctica, need to be pointed out.

The opening track, "Beyond Shadows" sounds from the very beginning a lot like Symphony X. Heavy, crunchy guitars combined with nice keyboards. Next up is "HumanCradleGrave" which is a bit more Dream Theater-reminiscent with it's mellow "interlude" with a spoken quote after the first chorus and a very nice guitar solo. The catchy chorus really does stick. The third one is a real gem, almost 11-minute epic "Tragedy" which is divided into three parts. The first part "Falling into a Dream" reminds again of Dream Theater with a peaceful, yet haunting melodies and develops into a very majestic song. The second part is an instrumental called "Losing Control" and it is again filled with beautiful and sad melodies although there are some double bass blended in. The third and last part is "Abandoned..." and it is a piano-driven beautiful ballad. The fourth song on the album is "Cross My Path" which continues in the vein of "Tragedy" as it builds up nicely but somehow it all falls down with it's stereotypical chorus, although the wonderful guitar solo saves a lot once again. "Falling from Grace" is a lot heavier tune for a change and it fails to hold the majesty of the more mellow songs. The next one is "Glassheart" which is somewhat reminiscent of Dream Theater's "The Glass Prison" and is driven by very heavy guitars, haunting keyboards and a slow tempo. The last one "The Last Sunset" starts as a very fast one, but gets it's share of tempo changes as it goes on. This is a bit like a hybrid between Dream Theater and Symphony X.

This is a very mature sounding debut album indeed. Highly recommended for fans of such progressive metal acts as the aforementioned two.

submitted by Aleksi 01.01.2003

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