|Review: Symphonity - Voice From The Silence|
|Voice From The Silence|
Label: Limb Music Products
Year released: 2008
Genre: Power Metal
Review online: November 1, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
for:Voice From The Silence
I've always been a fan of Olaf Hayer; he is simply one of the best singers in the genre, and everything he puts his vocals to wins on all counts. Fresh out of Dionysus, Hayer joined forces with Czech metallers Nemesis, who in turn became Symphonity and voila! Voice From The Silence, the band's so-shiny-it-blinds-the-eye debut, and if you like your Power Metal melodic and full of catchy choruses, this is an absolute must buy.
Sounding like a mix of everything Hayer has ever done (and a touch more), Symphonity play fast, neo-classical Power Metal with the pretentiousness of Luca Turilli, the instrumental flair of Dionysus, and the speed of old Stratovarius. There are even moments in the middle sections which sound like Zonata (and so far, these guys are the only ones to come close to that sound). First thing you'll notice about this album is that despite having Hayer on board, it isn't all about the vocals. One of the finest elements of Voice From The Silence is the teamwork of guitarist Libor Krivak and keyboarder Ivo Hofmann, two extremely talented musicians that were born to play this kind of music. Every trick they pull out of the bag will remind you of how you came to love Power Metal in the first place, and if your poison is the particularly sugar-coated and melody-infested treats of Sonata Arctica and Timeless Miracle, then this is going to be right up your street.
Hayer, as usual, gives his all with a stunning vocal, and his performance becomes tighter and more athletic as the album unfolds. There really isn't a dull moment here (despite the three-part center piece, which disrupts the flow a little), and every song is up there with the best the genre has to offer. "Give Me Your Helping Hand" is a belter of an opener, the eight-minute-plus "Evening Star" will have most grown metallers in tears with its shameless sentiment, and "Bring Us The Light" is the kind of song Edguy would be playing if they hadn't shed their Power Metal skins. But the real highlight is "Gates Of Fantasy", which not only explodes into a beautiful chorus (even if the lyrics are a little silly), but it features possibly the best Power Metal riff ever recorded 30 seconds in. It gets more exciting every time I hear it, and it's up there with Crystal Viper's "Night Of The Sin" as the best song I've heard all year.
With a mix from genre stalwart Sascha Paeth, how can you go wrong? Indeed, Voice From The Silence is one of the best records of its kind, and really, if you're remotely interested in the style, it should, with any luck, be your next purchase. Roll on album number two.
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