|Review: Silent Scythe - Suffer In Silence|
|Suffer In Silence|
Label: Karmageddon Media
Year released: 2004
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: September 29, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Suffer In Silence
From the creepy cover art, you can tell Silent Scythe aren't your typical Power Metal band, and yet despite playing that style, they have a foot in the Melodic Death Metal scene, albeit using exclusively clean vocals. Musically, their debut Suffer In Silence is Colony-era In Flames with a Power Metal vocalist who sounds a little like the guy from Cellador, only better and more capable. Under a thick yet humble production, the band hash out some heavy thrash riffs, some groove-laden passages, and a whole slog of harmony-drenched leads and melodies. This fits well with what I've heard described as 'Evil Power Metal' (a cool category if there ever was one), though the vocals detach them from the melo-death scene rather well, in spite of riffs during "Old World Disorder" and slick opener "Longing For Sorrow" sounding an awful lot like the Scandinavians.
There are moments of real aural pleasure here, though they are few and far between. Everything is well played, but it seems a little strange, hearing the genre disfigured like this. Aggressive flashes make this quite commercial in essence, though at their core, Silent Scythe are a decent metal band with a good grasp on their sound. I believe they faded into the ether after this, but it's worth tracking down, if just to hear what In Flames would have sounded like with a decent frontman.
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