|This is already the fourth demo of Kevin Lawry in the last two years, which makes him one of the most prolific members of the doom metal community at this moment. Silent Winter is his brain child, an old school doom death one-man project able to bring forth nostalgic memories of old to those who were once into the glorious yet brutal sound of the Peaceville Three.|
While Kevin experimented with a more pronounced keyboard sound in the previous outstanding demo 'The Lost Whisper', this time around the keyboards remain constantly subtly in the background, allowing enough space for the dirgey guitar riffs to breathe. Clean guitar parts are now playing a more prominent role than in previous recordings, occasionally adding a beautiful ambience to the music reminiscent of the glory days of old Anathema while at other times my mind wanders to Rotterdoom stalwarts Officium Triste. Vocally, the project is still mostly characterized by Kevin’s deep grunt, although occasionally he starts introducing some clean vocals as well. The timbre of his voice is warm and fitting to this style of music. However, one gets the impression that he still needs to build up his confidence in this aspect without fearing to give his clean voice a more prominent role in his music.
While songwriting is steadily improving with each release (many traditional doom riffs have now made their appearance, giving extra flavour to his melodic doom death) I feel that it is time now for Silent Winter to improve its sound quality as well, as I think that the claustrophobic, dry production might lead this promising project to a premature dead-end. However, I have enough belief in Kevin’s songwriting to rest assured that the next output shall be even better than this (in itself outstanding) demo.
1.In Death, I Am
2.By The Waves
3.The Angels Choirs
Duration : Approx. 37 minutes
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