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Silent Voices - 2013 Reveal The Change

ARTIST: Silent Voices
ALBUM: Reveal The Change
LABEL: Inner Wound Recordings
YEAR: 2013
SPONSOR: Inner Wound Haulix Portal


LINEUP: Henrik Klingenberg - keyboards * Pasi Kauppinen - bass * Timo Kauppinen - guitars * Jukka-Pekka Koivisto - drums * Mats Levén, Tony Kakko, Mike Vescera, Mike DiMeo, Teemu Koskela - guest lead vocals

TRACK LISTING: 01 The Fear Of Emptiness * 02 No Turning Back * 03 Reign Of Terror * 04 Faith In Me * 05 Black Water * 06 Burning Shine * 07 Through My Prison Walls



Many of you will have read the latest batch of Sonata Arctica reviews written by our newest writing recruit Milena Glavonjic. Adding to the Sonata family, here's the latest from the band Silent Voices, which features SA keyboardist Henrik Klingenberg. The band may sound like a bunch of newbies but they've been around since 1995, but have not put out an album since 2006. In that time, they lost original singer Michael Henneken, and everyone has been busy with other pursuits. The band have bought in former Winterborn singer Teemu Koskela, and have also included Mats Levén, Tony Kakko, Mike Vescera and Mike DiMeo as guest vocalists. Like holy wow!

The Songs
There's only seven songs, but they are all fairly lengthy. The shortest song is just on 6 minutes! Koskela is unveiled on the first track 'The Fear Of Emptiness', and it looks like Klingenberg and co have found their guy. Teemu is fairly familiar with Silent Voice's method, having sung a bunch of demo vocals before this album. He certainly feels at home judging by this 9 minute effort. Mats Levén is given the reins for 'No Turning Back', living in acoustic territory for the first minute at least, until the band heavy things up. Levén sounds like former Cornerstone and Rainbow singer Doogie White in places. 'Reign Of Terror' is a very dense affair, thickened by Timo's riffs. He provides a great solo, so too Henrik on keys. I wasn't too keen on Mike Vescera vocals, though other reviews tend to favour his voice. I must be the odd man out! 'Faith In Me' is SV's chill-down moment, and with Sonata Arctica's Tony Kakko in the gun, this is a very different side to the band's output. I quite like the song, but I feel it isn't well suited to the flow of the album as it isn't really heavy enough. Offering up something different yet again, 'Black Water' is a stirring metal instrumental, and showcases Silent Voices' musicianship for all to hear. A damn good track. Mats Levén returns for the jekyll/hyde 'Burning Shine'. The song undulates constantly, sounding as if it is part of some mini-epic. It isn't of course, but still, a comparison to Seventh Wonder isn't out of the question. Former Riot and Masterplan shouter Mike DiMeo is the voice behind the last track 'Through My Prison Walls'. It takes a full 2 minutes to get going, and like its predecessor, shuffles between an ebb/flow mode. DiMeo sounds great, the song itself should sound amazing in a live environment, though who gets to sing it poses an interesting question. Again, Timo and Henrik jump with their respective solos to colour the whole song.

In Summary
It's good to see Silent Voices back, and it will ensure that Mr Klingenberg will not have any spare time with Sonata Arctica duties also on hand. I'm not quite sure why Teemu Koskela got to sing only one song, considering he's the advertised 'new' singer. Perhaps it was a case of timing, but nonetheless, he'll probably be singing all the songs in a live situation.. one would think? Released at the end of November 2013 by Inner Wound Recordings, this one should be easy enough to track down, especially for Sonata Arctica fans.

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