Elysion
Silent Scream


2.5
average

Review

by pizzamachine USER (211 Reviews)
April 1st, 2011 | 31 replies | 6,099 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: boring.

5 of 5 thought this review was well written

I’ve heard it all before, too many times, in fact. Female-fronted mainstream gothic rock/metal has garnered quite a following in terms of raw amounts of bands claiming to play it, and it is doubtful to slow down any time soon. I mean, just think about it. Sexy female vocals (and sometimes vocalists), spanking guitars, spicy melodies, the genre has it all right? At least, that’s what the industry would like you to believe as they continue to hire bands with hot female singers, which is the equivalent of flirting and wiggling their fingers. No matter how much substance the music can lack, no matter how boring it may actually be, at least they have a hot singer right? Bah. I like the genre because it combines accessible melodies with a dark edge. Elysion do that, and they do it well, yet if you’re looking for the next groundbreaking mainstream gothic album, look further.

Silent Scream proves nothing except that the genre may never crawl out of the grave it keeps digging. They don’t necessarily do anything wrong, but they also don’t do anything noticeable. Sure, the singer can sing, the guitars are decent although bland, and the choruses are solid, but they ultimately amount to nothing - unfortunately, Elysion is an utterly forgettable band. Creating such average, ho-hum music could be forgiven if they, at the very least, showed some originality, but it often seems like they couldn’t care less about being interesting. The album goes from one boring song to the next, with stand-out moments being practically inexistent. Although they sometimes bring in electronic elements to spice things up, they are played with too much restrain and consequently go unnoticed. Generally, Silent Scream is forgettable, and not in the nice way (is there even a nice way?).

The one saving grace of the album is the… um… you know. If you like your gothic metal slowed down, without guitar hooks, memorable choruses, etc., you might like this, but why would you? I suppose there’s some merit to nice, melodic guitars with no particular rush, but there’s such a thing as too much of a good thing. They’re basically just there, like the sound of the ocean if it was made boring somehow. This also goes for the vocalist who sings decent enough, but does not make a habit of showing off her pipes. The band basically do what they do well, and they do it convincingly gothic, but they do it absolutely ploddingly. Amidst billions of similar bands that show personality, Elysion is grasping at straws that do not even exist.



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pizzamachine
April 1st 2011



12571 Comments


A review!

Tyrael
April 1st 2011



20740 Comments


A Pizza! A pos!

pizzamachine
April 1st 2011



12571 Comments


Hey ty, thanks : )

0vrot
April 1st 2011



459 Comments


They are not as good as Apodiablosis

Hawks
April 1st 2011



34492 Comments


99% of female-fronted gothic metal makes me wanna kill myself.

Digging: Equilibrium - Erdentempel

0vrot
April 1st 2011



459 Comments


I kill 99% of female-fronted gothic metal bands

wierd

Willie
Moderator
April 1st 2011



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good review. You need to add the track list, though (I thought I added it with the album originally -- guess not). Anyway, I remember one or two stand out tracks and the rest were decent. I'll check this out again so that I can mention which songs were standout.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

pizzamachine
April 1st 2011



12571 Comments


Track list fixed!

WashboardSuds
April 1st 2011



4984 Comments


I really liked this review becuase of it's short length and genuinely informative wording pressed within. Pos'd

pizzamachine
April 1st 2011



12571 Comments


Thank you very much WashboardSuds, I do try.

Willie
Moderator
April 1st 2011



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Standout Tracks:

Never Forever: It might just be Shallow Life style music, but it's pretty good and the chorus is too damn catchy to hate ;)

Don't Say a Word: It's slightly weaker than "Never Forever" but it's good for basically the same reasons.

Walk Away: Probably the best song on the album. It's actually a little heavy and a bit dark too. Kind of reminds me of Comalies songs without the shitty male vocals.

pizzamachine
April 1st 2011



12571 Comments


Thanks for that haha, and yes I believe Walk Away is the best song here.

Willie
Moderator
April 1st 2011



15877 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

No problem ;) I'm just saying that it's not all bad.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 1st 2011



6937 Comments


You make me not want to get this well written have a pos. Nice review pizza.

Irving
Staff Reviewer
April 1st 2011



7144 Comments


Good review. Have a pos. And an Ilu.

pizzamachine
April 1st 2011



12571 Comments


I'll take 'em! : )

iFghtffyrdmns
April 2nd 2011



7047 Comments


that last line is money. nicely done pizza. will not be adding this to the download queue

jet22
April 7th 2011



61 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Generally i think that gothic bands are awful but this is a really good album. "Don't Say a Word", "Bleeding" "Never forever" and "Walk away", the best ones.

pizzamachine
April 7th 2011



12571 Comments


Well sir, those are indeed the best songs.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 7th 2011



6937 Comments


A review where everyone agrees?



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