Sweden's Silent Call is a perfect example of what melodic metal should sound like. I often say you know it when you hear it; well, Silent Call is the real deal. They have the perfect ingredients of vibrant vocals, powerful riffs, compelling keyboards and a steady rhythm section to create soaring compositions of melodic metal. Also, Silent Call has the talent to bring substantial creativity to the arrangements allowing for more variety and little monotony in the music.
The strength of 'Creations From A Chosen Path' is in the two steady and consistent currents charging through the work: the vocals/vocal arrangements and keyboard work. The former simply astounds and often transcends the music. The latter is the both firm foundation and strong weave that holds the music together. 'I Believe In Me,' my favorite track, embodies all these things with it singular steady progression from subtle piano to roaring riffs to soaring vocals. With this in mind, there is much more to mention here. Other strong numbers include 'Rise' which brings some dashes of progressive metal to the mix. 'Hold On' offers heavy riffs, a great chorus, and some fantastic fret work sounding at times more like melodic hard rock than metal. Speaking of guitar, for some severe and serious shredding look no farther than 'Long Comes The Night' and 'Bloodred Sky,' outstanding stuff!
For a first full length debut, Silent Call shows impressive maturity and solid talent on 'Creations From A Chosen Path.' Honestly, for its power, melody, and diversity, melodic metal doesn't get much better than this. Highly recommended!
- Craig Hartranft
Sweden's Silent Call introduces themselves to the world with a stunning melodic metal debut. 'Creations From A Chosen' is filled with melody and power amidst compelling, often soaring, arrangements. Great stuff!
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