Power of Metal.dk Review

Silent Voices
Reveal the Change
Style: Progressive Metal
Release date: 29 November, 2013
Playing time: 53:20

Sometimes I have a difficult time with a band simply because I don't feel any inspiration at all. You know what I mean: That band that has all the skill in the world, but for some reason they never choose to explore. The new release from Silent Voices, "Reveal the Change", is disappointing to me on this level, I think.

Don't get me wrong. This band has talent. However, they never offer anything out of the standard Dream Theater-esque prog metal. Now, I must quickly point out that this band doesn't showboat. They aren't fighting each other for solo time or anything. However, we get the standard caterwauling vocalist, the complex guitar work, the atmospheric keys that never do much, and the drumming that feels, well, just there. The bass is mostly missing in action, as is usually the case with these bands. You can hear it slightly better than other bands, and it does seem to have character. However, the mix just eliminates it for the most part. That's a real shame.

As I said, this band doesn't showboat all that much. That, at least, is a good thing in my book. The band does exhibit feelings of unity and oneness. They play together, for the most part, and they do have compositional skills that I feel outweigh many bands. They change their tone, too, such as the interesting change from standard prog metal in "The Fear of Emptiness" to a darker, lower feeling in "No Turning Back". The changes are subtle, however, so don't expect wild swings in style. This is standard prog metal, after all.

There really isn't much to say, honestly. If you've heard one DT clone, you've heard them all. Remember, I hate using that term, but it's pretty inescapable with this band, even though they've been around since the mid-90's. Their sound is a bit tired and old, but still enjoyable, and I must say that I enjoyed this album more than Dream Theater's latest. Anyways, this album won't be any kind of epiphany to you, and it won't surprise you. However, if you enjoy this type of music, you'll love it.

01. The Fear of Emptiness (9:02)
02. No Turning Back (6:56)
03. Reign of Terror (7:05)
04. Faith In Me (6:19)
05. Black Water (6:06)
06. Burning Shine (6:00)
07. Through My Prison Walls (11:56)
Label: Inner Wound Recordings
Distribution: Inner Wound Recordings
Artwork rating: 85/100
Reviewed by: Jason Spencer
Date: 29 January, 2014
Website: www.silentvoices.net