Following 2008's excellent "Creations from a Chosen Path" Sweden’s Silent Call
has delivered their second album "Greed". Is it as good as "Creations..."? Well
yes and no. I have had a lot of time to review "Greed" and it has taken me a
long time to come to this (My) opinion of "Greed".
"Greed" is definitely a lot darker & heavier than "Creations...", but still has
that lovely keyboard sound to it. The songs themselves vary in quality and this
is where I get stuck on "Greed". The first 3-4 tracks get you in with great
melodic progressive metal, along the lines of Symphony X or Threshold, but then
I lose interest in the album until track 9 "When the Angels Call Your Name"; one
of the best songs on the album. The music is epic and the chorus is catchy as
hell... Now that does not mean that tracks 5 through to 8 are bad - they are
just not of the same quality.
"Greed" has a very good sound backed up by a shit load of fantastic
musicianship. Not all the compositions are great, but criticizing an album that
sounds this good seems harsh. Silent Call
has produced a real grower that needs time to be fully appreciated.
Silent Call is: Andi
Kravljaca - Vocals / Daniel Ekholm - Guitars / Patrik Törnblom - Keyboards /
Tobbe Moen - Bass / Mikael Kvist - Drums