Sunday, February 27, 2011

EMBASSY OF SILENCE: "Euphoralight"

Rating: 6/10

Label: Supernova 2010

Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom

Embassy of Silence from Finland is female fronted Gothic Metal in a similar style as previous attempts of the genre. Ines Lukkanen is the real deal though and a proper vocalist (Thank God!) and not nearly as irritating and plain awful as Tarja (how many more classic hard rock songs are going to be completely butchered by the woman?). It's not all "Goth" though and you can probably find just as many 'melodic hardrock' tracks on this platter. The keyword here would be 'melodic' as "Euphorialight" speak of quality and influences that stretch from Heart to Nightwish and all the way back to the eighties rock and goth pop. Depressing and dreary at times while it's easy to see how this works as an counterpart to their rather catchy melodies and overall (goth) poppy overtures. The result is quite pleasing to the ears even though it's all very mid-paced and steeped in a similar formula. The material-wise lack of change(s) in both tempo and style is clearly the band's weakest link and I hope they've managed to fix this in time for the next album.


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