SILENT LOVE OF DEATH "The Poet's Senses"

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SILENT LOVE OF DEATH "The Poet's Senses"

Do you like JOY DIVISION, DEATH IN JUNE, SOL INVICTUS or LOVE IS COLDER THAN DEATH? If you do, you can also try this dramatic and poetical debut, based on a Spanish Melancholic-Romantic-Darkwave-Neofolk frame. The two Toledo brothers have been a part of this scene for some years, they started under the name LAMENT and now they come with this debut. It's curious that the album was recorded in 2002, and this fact makes us look in a more optimistic way at a new chapter. Deep and dramatic voice, in Edlund's way (TIAMAT) or maybe MOONSPELL, military drums, indie touch, postpunk guitars, acoustic guitars, apocalyptic folk, melancholic piano, violin, trumpets, keyboards... everything sounds extremely dark, absolutely not original but develops a remarkable atmosphere! The disadvantage of this album is that it's too long, or, better said, the songs are alike/common, and, in some moments, the voice is not a very good one. The lyrics are inspired from Blake, Baudelaire, Poe, Espronceda or Becquer, and this gives an interesting poetical touch to the musical concept. I don't know why but I also discover on this album that my favourite song is the longest, "Hymn to Immortality", having a lot more dynamic elements built in a pretty organic way, avoiding the sensation of repetition or boredom. In the same manner is the first song, "The Valley of Unrest", where the voice proves it can increase and decrease harmoniously.

Sicerely, after I listened this sequence, I was scared that the album would be a real hit! Maybe if they would have selected only 9 or 10 sequences, the final impression would have been a lot better. However, the Spanish debut is worth to be noticed and for me the album represents anytime a moment of relaxation! The CD's artwork should be mentioned, which is ingeniously done, in perfect resonance with the one from SLOD.