Fireworks

CD Reviews

Weeping Silence - 'Theatre Of Life' http://www.rocktopia.co.uk/media/reviews/photos/thumbnail/200x200s/00/c8/5d/1536_WeepingSilenceTheatreOfLife_1314984864.jpeg Hot

Added by Central Electronic Brain     September 02, 2011    
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
4059   0   1   0   0   0

Artist

Title

Label

Album by the symphonic metal band from Malta.

Weeping Silence is a symphonic metal band coming from Malta. They formed back in the mid nineties and their debut album was let loose back in 2000, entitled 'Deprived From Silence'. The follow up album called 'End Of An Era' was completed in 2003 but was not released until 2008. By the time it was out the band had already started working on their third album. A promo CD containing four tracks of the forthcoming record saw the light of day in 2009 and received some positive reviews. The band has continued working ever since to complete the latest disc,'Theatre Of Life', whichis released on Ravenheart Music on 9th July 2011.

This release opens with 'Of Light And Shadow,'where Rachel Grech sings in duet with a gothic choir before the guitars open up with a deep slow riff and pounding drums. The song immediately shifts up a gear for the chorus before reverting back again. The bridge is also a softer affair before the return of pounding keys and guitar riffs as the track draws to an end. This is very much the formula of the whole album. Rather than having individual songs of different pace, each song itself has several time changes designed within it. Most of the tracks such as 'Within White Walls' and the title number 'Theatre Of Life' mix these pace changes with subtle variations in style ranging from progressive to quite gothic. 'Season's Promise' is the only song that seems to remain fairly constant in composition and pace from start to finish and is the album's one proper ballad. 'Promises Broken' is probably the heaviest number available here and also the highlight track of the album due to its impressive guitar. The band offers up one instrumental which creates a melodic break from the rest of the record. It is quite a dreamlike composition of bass and picked notes. The final track on the album is also its longest and most complex. 'Innocent Cries' follows the recipe of the earlier tracks of mixing its pace and heaviness. This track is full of ever changing riffs, soaring keys and a gothic choir. This number has a more progressive feel to it due to its ever changing nature.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site


Some of the symphonic metal albums out this year have been excellent; unfortunately 'Theatre Of Life' is not quite good enough to join that list. It's not a bad album and there are some lovely riffs and musicianship to be found here,but because each song changes shape and construction throughout none of them are easily remembered. It also leads to a feeling of a lack of flow which may be related to the fact this was recorded sporadically over two years. Nothing on here instantly grabs you and demands attention, neither do any of the songs end up running infectiously round your head. After several listens however, the likes of 'Promises Broken' and 'Of Light And Shadow' do stand out a little from the others. On the positive side, the music is very good and some of the guitar work and progressions on this release are impressive. Throughout 'Theatre Of Life' both the guitars work well in tandem and provide the driving force for the songs. The production is also better than average and each section of the band is easily heard. Rachel Grech definitely has a voice but seems to spend most of the time singing in a very high pitch, which is a direct contrast to most of the deep chugging guitars. This would be fine as an occasional style but not when used for the majority of the songs. In places she does come down a few notes in pitch and it is here that she sounds much more suited to the music. 

Lovers of anything symphonic or gothic may find enough here to keep them content,but generally this will be purchased, listened to and placed on the shelf. Personally, after several listens it still hasn't grown on me and Ihave yet to find a favourite track or any one song sticking in my mind. This is a shame as these good musicians clearly have the potential to offer quite a bit.

Dave Scott

Share this on the web.

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.

 


Comments (0)add comment

Write comment

security image
Write the displayed characters


busy

Member Login



Calendar

<<  December 2019  >>
 Mo  Tu  We  Th  Fr  Sa  Su 
        1
  2  3  4  5  6  7  8
  9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     

Search Here

Shout Here

Latest Message: 3 days, 22 hours ago
  • Berny : @zom414: Fireworks Magazine #89 will be available at selected UK based newsagents on December 16th. The digital version can already be purchased in our Download Store.
  • zom414 : When's the next mag due for release?
  • Berny : @el nowy: Apologies for the delay in processing your order. Pls. check your mail!
  • el nowy : Hi, how long does it take for my download license to be available? I purchased it 3 days ago. Thanks!
  • Rocktopia Te : @l.thijs: Apologies for the delay, your digital copy can now be downloaded from your "My Downloads" section.
  • l.thijs : Hi Fireworks Magazine. I made a purchase on 10 nov and I paid by Paypall. I bought the #85 fireworks mag download for GBP3,50. But I didn,t receive anything. Please can you find out what's going on?
  • kazooba : I have digital versions of every issue from 27 thru 88, any way I can get issues 1 - 26 with cd's digitally?
  • Berny : @SeaDog57: The links are in the Fireworks menu. Have you tried scrolling down? Maybe your screen size is too small...
  • SeaDog57 : Berny; there are only links up to Fireworks 86. Which is kinda strange because i already downloaded CD 87 but i'm looking for the link to CD 88...Chris
  • Rocktopia Te : @Johns Band: Can you please contact us here: «email»
  • Johns Band : Fireworks Magazine 88 did not arrive by post. paid by PayPal. Any Suggestion.
  • Berny : @bpomper: Can you pls. contact the Rocktopia team here: «email»
  • bpomper : i found the problem..old email i can not access.i have tried to change it by editing my info but it wont allow. any suggestions
  • Berny : @bpomper: A reply was sent yesterday, We recommend checking your spam/junk mail to see if our message was filtered there. The magazine was already sent to your shipping address. Please let me know if you do not receive it within the next couple of days. Thanks for your patience!
  • bpomper : Thanks didnt of that. I still have not heard about fireworks 88 was it sent out. Thankyou
  • Rocktopia Te : @bpomper: For security reasons, we removed your previous message. Please do not post your private e - mail address. Many thanks for your understanding.
  • bpomper : Thanks for the reply. I see download but can you confirm that hardcopy was or is sent ou .thanks.the email i used is inder the contact me info of the website
  • Berny : @bpomper: Apologies for your troubles. Where did you send the email to? We haven't received anything. I will send you a longer reply via mail. Also, you can download the free CD from the "Fireworks" menu on top, but the CD links are only shown if you are logged in.
  • bpomper : 3rd email inquiring about my purchase of fireworks #88. i purchased on the 2oth of sept and today is the 24 with no response...paypal has taken the payment. should i have a down load of the cd for mu usa magazine. Looking forward to an answer
  • bpomper : hello i purchased fireworks #88 through paypal on9/23 and have not recieved an email from rocktopia. purchase is for a hard copy of the mag. should i have cd download instructions.when should i expect it
  • Berny : @Johns Band: I've just sent you an e - mail. Best regards, B.
  • Johns Band : I have ordered FM Live video and £1.99 taken from my PayPal account. How do I download video. Something gone wrong at processing with Fireworks. The links to report it do not work.
  • Berny : @kevinw01: Have you received the mail containing the donwload instructions? It seems as if you are downloading the bonus CDs from the "Fireworks" menu, those are meant for our readers in the USA and Canada whose copies do not come with the CD. I will send you a mail now. Thanks, B.
  • kevinw01 : I have ordered several issues of Fireworks but when I press the download button I only get a copy of the MP3 but not the PDF files. I have an iPad. Am I doing something wrong? Kevin
  • Berny : @ARONITY: Thanks for your order. As stated in the item's description, it can take up to three hours for your purchase to be processed. You should have received a mail containing the download instructions by now. Thanks for your patience!
  • ARONTY : Hi, Just ordered #88 pdf, Paypal show the payment, but no d/l link, please help..
  • Berny : @John: Pls. check your mail, this should have been sorted by now. Apologies for the delay!
  • johnmason : Hi. I paid for #88 and it doesn't show up in the licenses/Downloads and I never received any email telling me how to download it.
  • Rocktopia Te : Fireworks Magazine #88 is out now!
  • SeaDog57 : Thanks Berny got it

Only registered users are allowed to post

Follow Us

FacebookTwitterYoutubeGoogle

This website uses cookies to help us give you the best experience when you visit. Cookies used for the essential operation of the site have already been set. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more about the cookies we use and how to delete them, see our Privacy Statement.

I accept cookies from this site