Age of Silence


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This band featuring members of Winds and Mayhem, among others, starts its album with a bipolar "Auditorium of Modern Movements." The song consists of an orchestral or classical backdrop while guitarists Joacim Solheim and Helge K. Haugen offer up a standard Metallica-like riff. Add in a touch of Syd Barrett-leading-Pink Floyd-on-vocal and you get the full picture. A brief piano interlude precedes the slightly heavier "Acceleration," which is fuelled by drummer Jan Axel Von Blomberg. Again the song is also punctuated by classical elements, namely a fine piano weaving in and out. There is almost a false sense of heavy metal here, particularly on "The Concept of Hate" and its leaning towards classic metal-cum-rock. But the song is also perhaps the first true highlight, while "A Song for D. Incorporated" is a blend of System of a Down and Judas Priest. One slightly creepy effort is "The Green Office and the Dark Desk Drawer," accented by keyboards. Generally though, this album consists of classic metal riffs with a certain British-styled vocal. Only during "90 Degree Angles" does this format soften somewhat, the song beginning with an acoustic guitar intro mindful of Queensr├┐che. From there its twists and turns keep the listener's attention quite nicely. It's a melodic, metal sonic adventure.

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