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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.

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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

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