In the Silence
A Fair Dream Gone Mad


4.0
excellent

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
February 11th, 2013 | 19 replies | 5,557 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The seed of influence that Katatonia planted back in 2006 is starting to sprout into something to look out in the near future…

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

In The Silence is an Atmospheric progressive metal/rock band from Sacramento, California. After listening to their debut, the first thing that pops up to mind is the comparison to the new era of Katatonia. To any of the readers reading this as of now, I have to settle this before it escalades into a negative interpretation. In The Silence is nowhere near sounding like a carbon-copy, nor do they rip off Katatonia’s brand of atmospheric prog metal/rock. However, there is a clear indication of influence that’s heavily drawn from Katatonia, Opeth, and Anathema, but In The Silence takes those influences and paint a realm they can call their own.

At the beginning, “Ever Closer” displays an atmospheric acoustic progression that’s structured in an arpeggio format, which alone foreshadows the atmosphere the band is going at. Nevertheless, don’t let this characteristic fool you either, because the song doesn’t beat around the bush, before you know it you’ll be pummeled with face crushing riffs! Alas, I can’t deny the fact that In The Silence is sounding a lot like Katatonia, however, there are a few characteristics that separates In The Silence from their idols. The first one has to be their skilled, yet melodic vocalist, Josh Burke. Secondly, the most standout feature of In The Silence’s sound are the melodies that Nate Higgins and Josh Burke produce on the guitars, as well as the haunting solos that range from both acoustic and electric. The feature of these solos and melodies should put an end to any dispute in the first song over whether they’re a Katatonia copycat or not, because let’s face it; Katatonia hardly solos hard. In Addition, the drummer, Niko Panagopoulos, showcases his tremendous skill at the drums with accurate precision, and a sense of what fits for the mood of the atmosphere. The same can be said about Dennis Davis the bass player; he plays what’s best (sorry, he’s just another bass player as I see it; he’s not all that innovative).

Another great aspect about A Fair Dream Gone Mad and the performance of Josh Burke has to be the poetic lyrics. Now, it’s no lie that In The Silence draws influence from Katatonia and Opeth instrumentally (more so with Katatonia), but they also sing about despair and other melancholies (Anathema or Katatonia influence?). But they do it in a way that’s more consistent and direct where you can follow along with the story of the lyrics. Something most of Katatonia’s lyrics tend to have: confusing lyrics (doesn’t mean it’s bad though).

Back to the album, “Ever Closer” starts the album strong with foreshadowed atmosphere directions within the first few seconds, but it also showcases some of the heavier parts of the album. While it’s evident that the vocals are soothing to the ear and flow all too well from beginning to the end, practically every song displays differing tones and emotions that create a consistent yet interesting atmosphere that comes from Josh Burke’s vocals. However, his vocals are not the only factor that makes A Fair Dream Gone Mad good. In fact any guitarist can find inspiration from any track, especially from “Beneath These Falling Leaves”, “17 Shades”, “Serenity”, and the superb instrumental “Close to Me”. The same can also be said about the drum monster that is Niko Panagopoulos.

In conclusion, In The Silence’s A Fair Dream Gone Mad has a clear influence that’s directly from Katatonia and Opeth, but there’s no need to fret for this band doesn’t make a carbon-copy at all! Instead they make an album that has their own atmosphere, and their own sound. A Fair Dream Gone Mad is a must have for any Katatonia, Opeth, or Anathema fan.

Recommended Tracks:
Ever Closer
Beneath These Falling Leaves
Closer to Me



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FictionalFlames
February 11th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A must have for any Opeth, Katatonia or Anathema fan.

Tell me if I need to fix something

http://inthesilence.bandcamp.com/

johnnydeking29
February 11th 2013



9012 Comments


A must have for any Opeth, Katatonia or Anathema fan.

Woah woah, hold the phone


Digging: Envy - A Dead Sinking Story

SpiritCrusher2
February 11th 2013



2976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

jammed this a lot a few months ago, would've been a lot better if the vocals and lyrics were better IMO. still, it's a great album, Ever Closer is one of my favourite 2012 tracks

Vespiion
February 11th 2013



1221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I enjoy the vocals, lyrics are pretty average though. Some sweet riffs sprinkled here and there.

Digging: FKA Twigs - LP1

FictionalFlames
February 11th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Solos were awesome too!

CaptainDooRight
February 11th 2013



28812 Comments


nice rev pos'd

i saw this pic the other day when i was browsing bc but don't remember checking it so i'll have to check it

im really lovin all the bc reviews lately, makes me feel good inside since i have great passion for that site

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

FictionalFlames
February 11th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol I found these guys through via metalstorm awards

Vespiion
February 11th 2013



1221 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"im really lovin all the bc reviews lately, makes me feel good inside since i have great passion for that site"

It's a great way for artists to get their music out there.

SpiritCrusher2
March 10th 2013



2976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

umm this a 2012 release, not 2013

SpiritCrusher2
August 7th 2013



2976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

still so fucking good!

SpiritCrusher2
September 9th 2013



2976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

bump

Hawks
September 9th 2013



35562 Comments


This sounds like something I'd love. Gotta check.

Digging: Sun Worship - Elder Giants

SpiritCrusher2
September 9th 2013



2976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

yea, you should def check. album is sort of a grower, I mean I liked it on the first listen, but it just got better with every next listen. the atmosphere is great!

Hawks
September 9th 2013



35562 Comments


The Katatonia comparison pretty much sold me. Gonna try to find a link right now.

FictionalFlames
September 9th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's all over youtube and they have a bandcamp.

FictionalFlames
September 9th 2013



1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

check the first post of this review (there's a bandcamp link)

nickg42084
September 12th 2013



88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album the only negative I can really find with it is I wish there were a few more songs, but the songs that are on here are long and great.

nickg42084
September 18th 2013



88 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I don't think these guys sound anything like Katatonia, Opeth, or Anathema much at all. They are still a great band though.

SpiritCrusher2
May 15th 2014



2976 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

one of the more interesting debuts in the last few years, can't wait for their next album



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