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Review: Serenity's End - Silence in Grey
Serenity's End
Silence in Grey

Label: Independent
Year released: 2009
Duration: 24:58
Tracks: 4
Genre: Gothic Metal

Rating: 2.75/5

Review online: August 8, 2010
Reviewed by: Hermer Arroyo
Readers Rating
Silence in Grey

Rated 2.56/5 (51.11%) (9 Votes)

This is a four-track demo from the young Finnish Band Serenity's End. I was expecting a Power Metal EP but what I got instead is Gothic Metal that is darker and slower than most. Normally I would associate Gothic Metal with female vocals but there are none to be found here. However, all the other traits that are associated with that genre are present, from the riffs, moody keyboards, atmosphere and the depressive themes. I am not very familiar with the genre itself, only barely listening to some bands if any at all, so I can't effectively compare how they stack up against other groups.

If you are looking for an album that has a fast pace and great soloing, look elsewhere because this isn't one of those. As I said before this band relies heavily on atmosphere and with the exception of some parts on the title track, this is a fairly slow recording. At times I got the impression that this was doom but that only lasted a couple of moments so it doesn't overshadow the experience. The guitars on the other hand, do the job, they have a clear sound but the riffs aren't as good as it could have been. Silence in Grey also has some variety here, there is clean singing for the most part but also there is some growling here which can be distracting, thankfully the growls are used sparingly.

All of that is good except for the fact that I forgot what the record sounded like immediately after I finished it. That's right, even the amazing production can't save the fact that there isn't anything remotely memorable about this. I don't care if I am not the biggest fan Gothic Metal, when I can't remember a thing after I'm done with it, it is a big problem. Musically, they got the goods but they have a lot of work to do in the songwriting department if they want to stand out from the pack. This isn't a demo that I would listen to everyday (or every month for that matter) but if you are on the fence then I suggest that you check this out on their website. You might like it a lot more than I did.

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