REVIEW: WEEPING SILENCE – “Opus IV Oblivion”
It is an intense feeling when music can sound very cold, yet it showcases a sound that mesmerises at the first instance. Presenting itself in a sweet blend of symphonic doom and death, Malta based metal act Weeping Silence comes with its latest offering –‘Opus IV Oblivion’. This is an album that captures the subtle aggression of doom with chaotic death metal arrangements and tranquil melodic and symphonic parts.
The song “Oblivion- Darkness in My Heart Anno XV” opens the album with Diane Camenzuli’s warm and soothing voice before the instruments come in to support her intricate efforts. The dimensions of the song get a new colour when Dario Pace Taliana’s growls join the fair. This song gives an idea about how the latter of the album unfolds. Right from the first track, Alison Ellul on keyboards, Sean Pollacco on bass, Angelo Zammit on drums, Mario Ellul and Manuel Spiteri on guitars set high standards on the instrumental section and it remains the norm for the entirety of the album. Next up comes the song “Ivy Thorns Upon The Barrow” which is one of the best songs off the album. While staying essentially symphonic doom, the song sounds catchy and this will make it hit off with even a first time listener.
The songs “Hidden From The Sun”, “In Exile”, and “Storm Bringer” show itself as the standard sound of the album. They feature slow tempos that let you immerse yourself in this slow and serene music. The song “Bury My Fairytale” stands out in the album by its predominant atmospheric and slow doom sounds. The album leaves out the hard nature of a death metal sound. Even with the growls in the latter of this song, the sound continues to stay soft and an interesting tension is created. The album fades away with the song “Gothic Epitaph” which sums up the sounds of album. Everything that the album had to offer is made one in this ending.
‘Opus IV Oblivion’ creates an image of a grey winter day that is quick to descend into a frosty night. This is an album to chill the bones and soothe the soul. The clean singing and growls complement each other very well and they share a very strong and complimenting relationship with the instrumental section. This resulted in a well-balanced album and nothing about the album falls short or goes overboard. The high standard of production does apt justice to the potential and the delicate sound of the album. The band brilliantly showcases itself complimenting female singing while being strong on all the other elements. Weeping Silence has set a stronger impression of itself after its previous releases like ‘Theatre of Life’ and ‘For The Unsung’. With this new album, Weeping Silence has tapped new potential and direction and are going strong.