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On disc: Silentium



- Altum - Claudia Ehrhardt - 8 stars
- Frostnight - Claudia Ehrhardt - 7 stars


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Frostnight

Frostnight
(Dynamic Arts Records - 2005)


The Finnish band started back in 1995 and had to go through some line-up changes. Frostnight is the first release of the band with new singer Riina Rinkinen who has a deep, sonorous voice. She has the power to stand up against the band and adds some seducing melody lines. A bit melancholy is the track, but with powerful riffing - remind me partly of The Gathering in the days of Mandylion and also a bit of Lacuna Coil due to her phrasing and the groove. The addition of cellist Elias Kahila makes the music even more interesting.
They dare to cover Uninvited, a song from Alanis Morissette - and it sounds good! Sure it's a gothic metal version of the song, but that makes it even more interesting. And it shows Riina Rinkinen's talent. So, let's wait and see what they offer with the next full-length album, so far the single indicates that it's worth waiting for more Silentum music!


7 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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Altum

Altum
(Spikefarm - 2001)


The Finnish septet offers melodic gothic metal on Altum as they did on their debut Infinita Plango Vulnera which was released in 1999. The debut got very good critics and was a good basic to start their career.
There are many bands where the male singer is doing a kind of death metal growls as counter part to the clear, high female vocals, but not in Silentium! Matti Aikio sings in a clear tenor voice which perfectly fits to the melan­cholic atmosphere of the keyboard and violin.
The track Painless gives a good impression of what the band is about... The melancholic vocals of Matti Aikio are very intense, they make the listener feel the sadness! Another track to check out is Into The Arms Of The Night!


8 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt
 

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