Label: Monster Nation - MN 14 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Czech Republic • Genre: Rock • Style: Alternative Rock, Doom Metal
Best viewed without Internet Explorer, in x resolution or higher. However, there is one striking conclusion that one cannot escape. Silent Stream Of Razem - Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy - Relic Dances Elegy may constantly evolve, but they perform consistently, which makes them stand out as an accessibly accomplished and admirable band.
The best bands are largely recognised as those which can transform, but still maintain the same level of brilliance that they produced with their earliest works.
This time, things are even more experimental than before. Well, for the first time in the career of the band, they have incorporated female vocals into the mix, but in a much more advanced and leading sense. The violin, in particular, are spectacular and emotively driven.
They add a texture to the bands music that most musicians strive for, but never come close to. The violin proceeds like a funeral procession, marching towards a saddening end with its textured style that drives a stake to the heart. These two elements, the bass and guitars, are surprisingly not central figures. This came across to me as a refreshing fact and I enjoyed it. Again, this record is layered with a multitude When All Strength Fails - Pancreatic Aardvarks - Doors In The Labyrinth mellifluous moments.
The soundscapes are littered with picturesque portraits of the howling wind blowing through the trees, dispatching leaves like tears in the breeze. This record is a firm suggestion that Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy are hitting their peak as musicians, so long may it continue. Ethereal vocals, backed up by a melancholy string section and a less prominent, but still graceful bass and guitar segment.
I stumbled across this band not too long ago. Folk metal has never been my favorite. However when i went on a doom spree and listened to every doom CD I could possibly get my hands on I came across this band.
Anyway, all assumptions were disintegrated within the first 5 or 10 seconds of the first song. Hanka Nogolova's singing is one of the best aspects of this album. She is not like most female singers in metal nowadays. Her unique, ethereal voice, with not too much verbrato, or too much breath, like many female vocalists fall victim to, is absolutely entrancing.
Her uniqueness, along with Pavel's growls, set this band apart from the plethora of "beauty and the beast" bands. Most of the folk melodies are by SSoGE's string duet. Now, the thing that turns me off of a lot of folk bands are the cheasy, sometimes flamboyantly happy, character. However, the strings bring somber, melancholic, yet majestic melodies. The guitar Razem - Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy - Relic Dances bass aren't generally doing anything remarkable, they serve more as a accompaniment to the strings and vocals.
This is only a minor criticism however, as usually it suites the music well. If you are looking for absolutely Vigilante - Army Of Time technical death metal, or ploddingly slow funeral doom, look elsewhere.
No matter what the speed however, the album does not cease being entrancing and amazing. I highly recommend this album to anyone who enjoys folk or doom metal.
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