|Review: Silent Opera (Fra) - Reflections|
Label: Massacre Records
Year released: 2014
Genre: Gothic Metal
Review online: July 30, 2014
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Not to be confused with the Italian band of the same name (which I totally did), this Silent Opera hails from France and their debut album, Reflections, was released in February 2014. This is typical Gothic/Symphonic Metal with "beauty and beast" vocals and a decidedly progressive approach to the songwriting. Female vocalist Laure Laborde has an OK voice but her dry, detached delivery often clashes with the both the music and the harsh male vocals. Silent Opera's technical skills are apparent but they've created an album of "hey, look what we can do" moments rather than complete songs. Instead of the emotional roller coaster of atmosphere and sadness you want from Gothic Metal, Silent Opera present an emotionless and dispassionate collection of performances that are indifferent to one another. With songwriting skills that aren't nearly up to par with the musicianship, not even Gothic Metal fans will find much value on Silent Opera's Reflections.
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