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Silex
Arise
January 2018
Released: 2017, Indie
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

I've been watching Silex with a lot of interest for a couple of years now, primarily because my friend Pete Klassen from my hometown is the singer. I was extremely impressed by their debut EP which I reviewed here last year and now the band has presented their full-length debut called ARISE. After a couple of singles and an EP the band is ready to conquer the world.



Silex is a bit of an all-star group in Japan with ex-members of Saber Tiger and Blind Faith and guitarist Masha from Crying Machine. Canadian (from Calgary) Pete Klassen rounds out the band on vocals. Silex, like many Power Metal bands from Japan have a strong visual flair inspired in part by visual-kei, but also combined with a love of the 80's Metal sound that took hold in Japan decades ago. AS one might expect the musicianship on display is top-notch in every respect. There are tons of great solos all over this record. Check out the instrumental 'Forevermore' for an example of pure shred histrionics! The harmonies and melodies are stellar. The choruses and song-writing in general are very catchy. The English vocals/lyrics of Klaasen will help them transition into the international market quite well. His high-pitched powerful voice carries the songs into the stratosphere! Although Silex emphasizes speed, the rare not afraid to have some slower, more dynamic moments and interludes before hitting it full-throttle again. Highlights for me are the Helloween inspired, 'Standing On The Grave Of Yesterday' and the super melodic and catchy cut, 'Everlasting Symphony'.



This might sound like high prayer but I feel given time, Silex could give Galneryus a run for their money. If you are into Japanese Power Metal this is a must!
Track Listing

1. A Thousand Miles (Intro)
2. Arise
3. Metal Nation
4. Everlasting Symphony
5. One Evening in Paradise
6. Forevermore
7. Somewhere in Between
8. Cancion de amor
9. Cry for You
10. Cry for the Moon
11. Standing on the Grave of Yesterday

Lineup

Pete Klassen Vocals
Masha Guitar
Hibiki Bass
Yosuke Yamada Drums

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