Reviewed: May 2020
Released: 2019, Sliptrick Records
Reviewer: Cathrine Wendt
Italian symphonic metal group Eternal Silence celebrate 10 years with an EP featuring 3 live editions of songs from previous albums and one new song, “Renegades”. They’re a band along the same vein as Lacuna Coil, Nightwish and Epica. I’d never heard of this band before. They are definitely capable of holding their own and 10 years is a good mark to reach because you really have to have passion to keep going since it’s more difficult for bands to live on their music these days. It can be easy to compare them to Lacuna Coil, using a female and male singer and with their overall aesthetic. Eternal Silence started by creating and performing covers though eventually broke out and wrote their own music. So major props to them.
So this EP is mostly live recordings of previous songs and the new song Renegades. Renegades is the first track and opens with a gloomy, droning, gothic melody. Long, slow guitar riffs come in around 25 seconds and at 1 minute, vocals. It’s very much like others in the genre, like Lacuna Coil, Nightwish and Epica, with clean operatic vocals that are smooth and powerful. In the chorus the male vocals come in and are also clean. Great harmony and chemistry are felt between the singers. Alberto also has a solo verse himself. They harmonize well together when both are singing. It’s really what I would come to expect of symphonic metal.
The next songs come from live performances and sound of very decent quality. Live albums can be tricky. It always depends on the venue and how well the sound engineer can drown out the audience, plus loads of technical and acoustic elements. The quality was really clean and pleasant to listen to.
I think if one really enjoys this genre of metal they should give this album a look. They are worthy musicians and it’s great to see that they are venturing from being a cover band and creating their own songs. I hope they continue creating and once it’s safe again do more live shows and tours in future. I give them a 4/5 for a solid live album and breaking away from being stuck as a cover band.