|This is the second demo of this new and promising UK-based solo doom metal talent and let me tell you: if Silent Winter continues to improve with each consecutive release at such a rate, we will soon be speaking about one of the UK’s finest doom/death products!|
The melancholic piano intro immediately captures the atmosphere that Silent Winter subsequently develops on the rest of the demo: slow, sad and with a tragic ability to capture the listener’s darkest emotions. Epic riffs bring to mind old, forgotten glories from the time that the Peaceville Three ruled the world of modern doom.
Cold, melancholic string keyboards accompany the guitars for most of the album and this subtle addition to the sound of Silent Winter makes the whole a vast improvement compared to the previous demo 'A Plague to Come': the keyboards are effective and never stand in the way of the guitar riffs, instead emphasising and accentuating the already existing atmosphere. In the few times that they take the lead, they add an extra epic dimension to the music, like e.g. at the end of the track 'The Angels Mourned' where they create epic landscapes similar to those of early Empyrium.
Finally, it should be noted that the production of the album is raw and somewhat dry but although there is some room for improvement, it should not stand in the way of your musical enjoyment. This is highly recommended listening for fans of early MDB., Shape of Despair and Anathema and can be obtained by emailing to silentwinter (at) blueyonder (dot) co.uk.
1. As the Final Leaf of Autumn Fell
2. The Angels Mourned
3. The Lost Whisper
4. Eternal Rest
Duration : Approx. 37 minutes.
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