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Review: Estertor - Between Silence And Light
Between Silence And Light

Label: Moonlapse Productions
Year released: 2003
Duration: 71:25
Tracks: 13
Genre: Melodic Death Metal


Review online: March 6, 2004
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

Estertor is a band that hails from Bolivia, of all places. I don't know if there are many metal bands over there, but this sure is the first one to come to my attention. The music here is essentially melodic death metal, but "melodic melodic" - it is overall mellower than most bands that play this genre, and this is probably what distinguishes Estertor from the rest of the crowd. While influences from (among others) Colony/Clayman-era In Flames are distinguishable here and there, Estertor have managed to bring their own twist to a very crowded and overworked genre. Things are not all rosy, however. The album takes forever to take off, starting with a couple of... "ballads" - not really ballads but extremely slow and tame songs that should have been a 30 second intro, nothing more. Also the album as a whole is a bit too mellow for its own good, only speeding up and becoming more aggressive on a few occasions. Personally I found that this made the ensemble a little bit forgettable, but still interesting if you are in the mood (and this is one of those albums where you really have to be in the mood to listen to it - otherwise it would have been reviewed a couple of weeks ago.. :)) Of course some people will probably adore this style. The relatively tame tone of the album is saved by the fact that these guys managed to successfully convey their emotions through the music - the challenge is getting the listener to share this emotional state - this will be hit or miss with most people.

The vocal style is not-too-harsh melodic death style, but also with quite a bit of clean vocals - I found the latter to sometimes be a bit too low in the mix, however. I'd recommend this to melodic death fans who want to hear something a bit different - but do not expect an headbanging-inducing album here - this is more "sad emotions"-based than anything and definitely not an album to "rock the house". One thing that can be said is that despite a few shortcomings, Estertor are quite an interesting band.

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