|Review: Envinya - Inner Silence|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2013
Genre: Melodic Heavy Metal
Review online: May 9, 2013
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Rated 2.5/5 (50%) (2 Votes)
When I first listened to Envinya's Inner Silence I thought "great, yet another female-fronted Gothic Metal band." However, the more I listen to it, the more I realize how shortsighted that first impression was. Singer Natalie Pereira dos Santos doesn't have an operatic or even a particularly rich voice and the occasional vocal squeals, a la Alanis Morrisette, could be ditched, but this is a case of the voice suiting the music perfectly. Despite any perceived limitations, her voice is powerful, like Jess from Jess and the Ancient Ones, and she works her vocal lines superbly. The use of harsh vocals is just enough to provide some counterpoint but not so much that if you aren't sold on them, they won't get in your way of enjoying Inner Silence. The music is upbeat and very catchy, more Melodic Heavy Metal than Gothic. Tracks like "Satin and Silk" and "In My Hands" are the sort of highlights that you anticipate when you start listening to the album. The songwriting is excellent and Inner Silence flows well with no syrupy ballads bogging things down. Inner Silence is recommended, especially for fans of Delain, Epica, Coronatus and the like.
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