Released: 2015, The Leaders Records
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
The Silver Lining is the second full length album from Ukrainian metal band, Scarleth and with the cinematic drama drawing you into the first track and its continuation it is clear very early on how this band earned a reputation for solid live shows (which is even before you hear the ending to Last Hope). The ability of their musicianship is clear from the beginning and I can easily imagine how the rhythm and drama within this song alone would rouse a crowd when listened to live.
Irina Mukukha’s vocals are clear and meld perfectly with the instruments; her voice is strong, staying away from any overly flowery tones and elements and bringing more strength to the songs for it. I’d say that you only really need to listen to this one track to be convinced of their abilities, but the fourth track, Voices should definitely not be ignored. Easily my favourite track of the album, it echoes the first and surpasses it. I would not be surprised if this was a released as a single as it has anthem written all over it; it’s rousing and powerful and yet very simple in it’s approach. Let’s not forget the drums in the background either; nicely done! It’s simply a fantastic song and one that wouldn’t fail to grab an audiences attention.
Another clear stand out is The Gates of Dark Sun (yes only three tracks in and already three stand out songs). Centring around a strong Arabian nights sound, in parts this theme is muted and at others the song seems to revel in its Eastern influences. The vocals at time though pulling heavily on this theme are also for the most part very simple again in their approach. It is this contrast to the melody that settles and restrains the song; preventing it from being over the top.
Dying Alone is a clear break from the faster paced push that has driven all previous racks and offers a quieter, vocal driven ballad. The chorus builds on the keys and vocals with the addition of drums, but again Irina’s voice restrains and holds all the elements together, not letting the drama build too much and keeping that simplicity that is a running thread throughout this album.
There’s really little more you can say other than that this is a great album from a band who clearly know what they are about and know how to write songs for both recording and live shows. There’s exactly the right amount of drama running throughout each song it’s the restrained simplicity of many of the elements that makes this album what it is; a true joy to listen to and review.
Review by Rowena.