|Review: The Silent Wedding - Livin Experiments|
Label: F.Y.B. Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: October 21, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (5 Votes)
Greece is no stranger to Heavy Metal and here we have the debut full-length, Livin Experiments, from Progressive Metal band The Silent Wedding. With a name like The Silent Wedding, I was expecting Gothic Metal but this is Progressive all the way. Guitars and keyboards vie for supremacy in the melody department and there are plenty of time changes, though most are subtle. The singer has a good voice but has a vibrato-laden, Broadway-style delivery which doesn't really fit the music that well. For much of Livin Experiments, The Silent Wedding rehash old ground covered by countless bands before them and with the sterile, artificial sound of the album, it's a chore to sit through. However, when "Real Temptations" and "General Autopsy" roll around, the songwriting improves dramatically and the band's performance rises above the limitations of the production. The guitars have some real bite and the vocals mesh with the songs much more smoothly. And, as you would expect from a Greek Metal band, there are some decent solos in these final few tracks.
The Silent Wedding flashes some potential on Livin Experiments but the album, as a whole, isn't all that great. If they can shake off the crummy production and write some solid songs, The Silent Wedding could take the next step. Until then, they are just another fish in a wide, deep sea.
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