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World of Colour
Released: 2012, Independent
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
From their inception Bromley four-piece Silas have always had one leg firmly in the deep end of the pool of musical wonders, leaving the purveyors of simple black and white rhythms, basic song structures and metal-by-numbers releases to battle it out in shallower waters.
Although experimental in places, the term itself now so over-used it can cover anything from game changing artists such as Ihsahn and Boris to your local drunk making loud thudding noises by repeatedly punching a random traffic cone, 'World of Colour' lives up to its name, leaving us with a broadened palette of styles and influences to digest over the course of its 6 tracks.
Not as immediately direct as its predecessor the album takes a little while longer to seep into the bloodstream, although opener 'Cause and effect' goes someway to diffuse this argument with its huge main riff and clean melody driven chorus, the kind used so effectively in the past on the likes of 'Angels lie', with front man Dave Runham sounding better than ever.
The fuzzy riffs of 'Set to fail' recall the likes of Kyuss and early Soundgarden, the first half of the song confining itself to a purposely simple trajectory before upping the extremities in the latter period, the guitars growing considerably with the pure intent of doing some damage. 'What we see' follows with its busy Mastodon-esque guitars buzzing throughout before morphing into a small technical jam containing a more than interesting centre point melody which builds into a huge groove drenched series of well aimed punches, a sound that seems to flow through all Bromley bands.
One thing Silas have never been afraid of is allowing snippets of their nu-metal influences to trickle into their songs and 'Journey to the end' is a prime example, with its huge chugging riffage dominating the music but with a sinister edge rather than the clumsy, clunky, throw away riffs that made the late 1990's such a mission for a lot of metallers.
The whole album isn't all about guitars though as Matt Drumm smears his bass lines all over 'Art of the cure', driving the funky rhythms to eleven under Dave Runham's speech-like banter before the chorus kicks in with its Zakk Wylde-style layered vocals, another thing the band do really well. Closing track 'Negative one' sits comfortably on a foundation of jazz-infused jabs while chaos ensues on the surface, especially during the last 2 minutes which descends into a bout of musical Devin Townsend-like insanity.
'World of Colour' represents another vibrant stride on the Silas journey and when coupled with the last mini-album the 12 tracks show an upward slant in terms of quality, experimentation and the continued extension of the Silas sound. The most pleasing aspect though is the feeling something even more special awaits.
Review by Alan Hicks
1. Cause and effect
2. Set to fail
3. What we see
4. Journey to the end
5. Art of the cure
6. Negative one
Dave Runham - Lead vocals
Matt Drumm - Bass guitar
Tom Ross - Guitar/Drums/Backing vocals
Mike Ross - Guitar/Drums/Backing vocals
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