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REVIEW OF THE ALBUM ” OPUS IV OBLIVION” 2015 BY WEEPING SILENCE

Weeping silence is a gothic / doom metal band from Malta .They formed back in 1998 and after  two demos, one promo EP and three full length albums they were released their fourth studio album ” Opus IV Oblivion”. The band has gone through a number of line – up changes ( Joseph and Rachel Grech left the band after the last release ” For the Unsung” 2012). But now the band has a wonderful female singer Diane Camenzuli and in growls Dario Pace Taliana The two guitarists Manuel Spiteri  and Mario Ellul filled great all the sound of the band with their doom riffs.Alison Ellul  is one very good keyboard player who gives dark atmoshere and dark arrangement to all the songs.Angelo Zammit  behind the drum kit gives great performance and the bassist Sean Pollacco downtune his bass to very low notes and make use of large amounts of distortion.

Let’s see track by track what offer to us this album.

1.Oblivion – Darkness in My Heart Anno XV:

The song begins with sound effects and enter the melodic female voice of Diane Camenzuli to join with the male growls of Dario Pace Taliana.The song is full of good doom riffs in one depressed atmospheric melody.

RUNNING TIME: 6.10

RATING : 10/10

2.Ivy Thorns upon the Barrow:

Gloomy and catchy keyboard starts the track to enter the female voice with sadness tone.Then As the female vocals begin to soar the gutteral growls join to turn in while to speaking words and continue again to harsh vocals.The number is dramatic with many dark elements.

RUNNING TIME: 5.39

RATING : 9.5/10

3.Eyes of the Monolith:

The track bringing back the sound of Draconian but the band in a nice way set their own signature with darkness mood and doom atmospheres.

RUNNING TIME: 6.27

RATING : 9/10

4. Hidden from the Sun:

One more piece with vocals of ” beauty and beast” style Diane has a haunting expressive voice and Dario’s growls are deep and intense. They make a musical dialog with pretty much passion and emotion.

RUNNING TIME: 5.37

RATING : 9/10

5. In Exile:

Starts with softly piano work before the guitars join in as the female voice enters with melancholy tone. Then the growls interrupt the proceeding like a black veil.The song mixes doom metal riffs with slow death metal riffs.

RUNNING TIME: 6.13

RATING : 8.5/10

6.Stormbringer:

Another doom track with pounding drums and driving bass providing the sound for Diane’s commanding vocals while the keyboard and guitars have a melodic sad feeling.In contrast enters the male growls to take control before the female vocals bring the balance.There is some great guitar work with rhythm drums which adds to the track power sound.

RUNNING TIME: 7.27

RATING : 8.5/10

7. Transcending Destiny:

Another song which is full of beautiful melodic vocals,The arrangement work very nicely and here we have some very good guitars solo.

RUNNING TIME: 4.05

RATING : 8.5/10

8. Bury My Fairytale :

One dramatic ballad with excellent keyboard work.The piece show the quality of the female voice in one lighter passage and the male growls adding a diverse , harder edge.

RUNNING TIME: 4.28

RATING : 9.5/10

9.Gothic Epitaph :

The last song of the album straight away by power drums and heavy riffing guitars as the growls come into play.The melancholic style of female vocals come in but the male growls are taking command to re enters the mournfully voice of Diane.The guitars work are thick and have some pretty memorable and emotion riffs.

RUNNING TIME: 6.38

RATING : 9/10

Finally the new album of Weeping Silence is one very good release that follow the old school gothic/ doom metal.So if you are fan of this genre I am sure you will like all the songs .Highly recommended !

RATING : 9.06/10

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