Review by Adam M on August 1, 2011.
A Gothic atmosphere is created effectively by Silentium. The band has a female vocalist and performs emotionally driven songs, but without the cheesy generic style that might be associated with this type of moments.
Several worthwhile hooks and moods are crafted by this band throughout the course of "Amortean". Songs like 'A Knife In The Back' pull one in with the emotional performance of the outfit. The songs aren’t outright stunning, but moving enough to have enough of an impact upon the listener. This act isn’t able to elevate their level to the same level as the peak of Katatonia and The Gathering, however. The songs simply don’t have quite enough ingenious moments, despite containing quality symphonic portions at times. That’s not to say there aren’t portions that have an emotional impact, but there could be more of them and they could be more effective. In terms creating a gothic atmosphere, Silentium are certainly above average. The morose, tender moods that are crafted are helped by the likes of piano to pull on the emotional heart strings of the listener. The consistency of the album is solid throughout, though there are moments that are dull at times as well. The musical performances are also standard fare, but competently performed.
On the whole, "Amortean" is an enjoyable atmospheric listen that will appeal to metal fans of Anathema, Katatonia and The Gathering amongst many others. Fans of metal bands with a female vocalist that are looking for something different might also have reason to rejoice with this album.
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Rating: 7.5 out of 10