Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy
Relic Dances


3.5
great

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
July 2nd, 2009 | 19 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Blasting from Czech Republic in the mid-1990’s came an animalistic band ravenous for their creations to be, firstly: danced to, and secondly: HEADBANGABLE. Combining Slavonic folk music with mid-tempo doom metal, Silent Stream Of Godless Elegy have, four albums into their career, unraveled the Grammy-winning (citation needed) Relic Dances. Radek Hadja, the only remaining original member, claims there’s a gothic overtone in addition to the other influences, but clearly in a more Romantic-era fashion rather than the eyeliner-boys cutting themselves with nail filers. No, this is for hairy-chested men and their fiddles dammit.

Overall, each song loosely follows its own stream, allowing the traditional folk influence to rush in freely. It should be noted that not only are the folk sections played passionately, but the whole band breathes new life into these sounds while staying true to the aesthetic. The heavy passages are essentially as simple as it gets, yet neither the riffs nor the improvisation lose their flair at any moment. As the punchy, palm-muted guitars chug through their 4/4 passages, without warning the accents change and the violins swerve the song to a new venture while the other instruments effortlessly follow suit. There are, of course, louder sections (I Would Dance) where the traditional instruments take a backseat to powerful rhythms of drums, bass, guitar, and the low gutturals doom fans have grown to love. Along with the screams we have two female vocalists. The ladies sing and harmonize together with the grace of falling feathers above the heavy riffing and growls. Whenever they add their parts to the songs, you get an immediate “gypsy” sentiment, especially during the acoustic Together. No matter what anyone in the band is doing at any point, whether it be the surprising variety of crescendos, violin melodies, or random catchy choruses, Relic Dances never sounds trite or, more importantly, trying to be something it isn’t.

Relic Dances has done everything right down to each folk chant, and refuses to care if you appreciate its unique take on music. Passages such as the interlude in You Loved the Only Blood, the hollow-sounding Lonely, and the extremely danceable elements of about 75% of the record illustrate that this is nothing like a gimmick because one listen of the album will be evident enough to express the feeling of how this band is doing it just like Romani nomads playing and dancing around a large campfire under a full moon. Though you may not want to run through the forest naked with this on your headphones, the point is Silent Stream pass with flying colors. Saying otherwise would leave your soul to the wolves.



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fireaboveicebelow
July 2nd 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

it's hard to think of other recommendations for this I hate when that happens

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2009


49661 Comments


About time this was reviewed. i like this band's dynamic. Although the songwriting could be improved, the vocals/cello rock. Nice review. I think they have a new album.

Digging: Pharoah Sanders - Karma

fireaboveicebelow
July 2nd 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

*new ep. actually 2006, hardly new anymore

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2009


49661 Comments


Could have sworn myspace had new demos. I dont use myspace anymore because I cant configure adobe. Fuck that shit.

fireaboveicebelow
July 2nd 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

mmm I shall look into it



you were right there are 2009 demos, well demo samples

BallsToTheWall
July 2nd 2009


49661 Comments


The closing minutes of To face The End has some sick violin soloing. I take back the songwriting comment.

rasputin
July 2nd 2009


14968 Comments


This band is terrible.

fireaboveicebelow
July 2nd 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that was really funny to me for some reason

rasputin
July 2nd 2009


14968 Comments


what can i say, i'm a funny guy

jingledeath
July 3rd 2009


7101 Comments


did these guys ever do a cover of Led Zeppelin's Kashmir? if so then I've heard their music and it was
pretty good

fireaboveicebelow
July 3rd 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yes they did

Wizard
July 3rd 2009


20209 Comments


First paragraph had me laughing my ass off. This sounds interesting but I have too much to listen to right now (will have to be put at the bottom of the list, sorry). Review was like my sister....# 1 prostitute in all of Canada.

BallsToTheWall
July 3rd 2009


49661 Comments


No way to talk about your kin wizard...even if it's true. LOL.

Fxxkit13
July 3rd 2009


1566 Comments


No, this is for hairy-chested men and their fiddles dammit.




Single funniest thing I've ever read in a review

Pos'd


fireaboveicebelow
July 3rd 2009


6832 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

actually I wasn't kidding about the grammy, in the czech republic they won a grammy haha it's on their site, also @ wiz and balls: lolocaust

Wizard
July 3rd 2009


20209 Comments


In America, my sister would be # 4 best prostitute.

BallsToTheWall
July 3rd 2009


49661 Comments


I want her number.

Metalstyles
Emeritus
July 3rd 2009


8574 Comments


good review fireice

oh and Balls, I so would love to put the same kind of avatar for myself, only replacing the american flag with an estonian one. But that would mean I need to lose my mystic blue guitarist and that is a sacrifice I am just not ready to make

Sabottheory
September 18th 2009


355 Comments


There should be more people reviewing Czech music!



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