|Review: Silent Call - Creations From A Chosen Path|
|Creations From A Chosen Path|
Label: Escape Music
Year released: 2008
Genre: Progressive Metal
Review online: July 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Creations From A Chosen Path
Certainly one of the heavier releases I've come across on the Escape Music label – although not without its incredibly melodic moments – the debut from Swedish Prog Metallers Silent Call is a fresh, riveting journey through Mind's Eye, House of Mirrors, and Magnitude Nine country, only without the four-wheel drive those bands employ. You see, things start off well for the dark quintet. Very well indeed. Powerful opener "My Way, My Time" is an extremely poignant recitation of the classic Melodic Metal paradigm that juts and jives with a quirky signature and progressive timing, making it both unusual and interesting. The gigantic hook in the chorus coupled with the heartfelt vocals of one time Seventh Wonder man Andi Kravljaca make this track one hell of a teaser for what Silent Call could be capable of, had their minds been set towards a more ambitious target. With the following "Outcast", the band expands upon the ideas utilized on the impressive opener, but just fall short of the mark.
Sadly, the remainder of the album falls into a slump of jagged, mid-paced Melodic Prog that certainly has its moments – "I Come Undone" and "Rise" are particular highlights – but doesn't really reach the elevated highs of its opening manifesto. With quality production values and an equally worthy overall performance throughout, Creations From A Chosen Path can be a rewarding listen, but with the overall tone being rather reflective – and at times downright depressing – the sentimental attributes Silent Call have chosen to name as their own often distort the demarcation between tracks, forming one long, droning cry for help.
A band to keep an eye on for sure, with a promising start to their career. I just hope their call doesn't fall on deaf ears.
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