|Review: Echosilence - Distorted Horizon|
Label: Nailboard Records
Year released: 2005
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: November 5, 2007
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Rated 0/5 (0%) (0 Votes)
Hailing from Estonia, this young female-fronted prog metal outfit actually released this EP back in 2005, so just how we're receiving it now is mystery, but nevertheless, it is quite nascent with life, and therefore, a very promising release indeed. The references are many - although thankfully, there is no Dream Theater - but one is often reminded of a female fronted Riverside or Wolverine, as the band use their technicality in a rather sublime, synchronised fashion. The sweet, ethereal vocals of frontwoman Kadri are quite a revelation; she really is something, with a tight, pulsing force that rips her accented vocals from the swaying jam-based instrumentation. The melodies are rather subtle, but particularly during the chorus of "Views on Views" or the funky, jazz-laced title track, they stand out an Estonian mile, and actually prove quite memorable. Despite falling into the progressive category, Echosilence comport themselves quite differently, offering long, but not drawn out epics that are insightful, challenging, and rewarding, rather than interminable. While most of this disc fluctuates between delicate and heavy prog metal, Echosilence still illustrate their ability to develop their own sound, which means if they ever do get around to making a proper full length, they should be one to watch intently.
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