|Review: Borealis - World of Silence|
|World of Silence|
Year released: 2008
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: May 6, 2009
Reviewed by: Christopher Foley
for:World of Silence
It's a criminal shame these guys are still unsigned; with hundreds of inferior acts having labels (some majors) it's an injustice that outlines the state of the metal scene today. What Canadian act Borealis offer us is some pretty cool Heavy/Power Metal in the vein of Swedish acts such as Evergrey, Assailant or to an extent Nocturnal Rites. For a debut release this is all the more cool, with some really cool song structures and all around first class musicianship – hell even the ballad is good. Album opener "Lost Voices" is a banging cut, the main riff bursts out of the speakers dragging you in. The vocals of Matt Marinelli are good as well, never too daring but always powerful, sounding similar to Cloudscape's Mike Andersson. The riffage is handled very well with just the right amount of crunch, and the leads are demanding although never overtly flashy.
Tracks such as the aforementioned opener, the Assailant styling of "Midnight City", and "The Afterlife" all stand out as definite highlights. However where World of Silence is in its length, 10 tracks clocking in a just about an hour is fairly long with a few of the tracks over-staying their welcome. That aside their really isn't anything here to majorly offend, overall a very pleasant listen. Fans of the Swedish Power Metal scene would be morons not to give this a look in – for that matter all fans of Power and Melodic Metal would be wise to give this a shot. This could be the beginning of a fantastic act; all we need is to see ‘em on a record label!
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