Depressive Silence
Depressive Silence II


4.0
excellent

Review

by manosg STAFF
December 11th, 2016 | 37 replies


Release Date: 1996 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Out of the dungeons and into the light…

It’s been said that one of the problems with the music industry nowadays is the high availability of information. Having the luxury to select through an abundance of free material has its merits, but at the same time how does it affect the lifetime value of an album? And eventually, to what point does it limit the emotional attachment to the music itself? It might feel somewhat ambiguous but availability is indeed a double edged knife. Even though it’s up to each individual to select how to approach art, having so much eventually increases the odds of succumbing to the temptation to click on the next album without trying to actually listen to the current one.

Dungeon synth, as a genre, is the exact opposite of too much. The ability to create an influential piece of art with just a keyboard isn’t only a challenge from the artist’s side but needs work from the listener. Depressive Silence’s Demo III, is one of the most rewarding albums I’ve had the pleasure to experience lately. When given the proper amount of attention, it can transport the listener to various places depending on one’s imagination.

The LP consists of five long compositions which aim to evoke a number of feelings. Album opener “Forest of Eternity” is a very representative sample of the whole; having a sense of specific direction and with some tempo changes, might elicit images of a deity floating like the mist among the logs of ancient trees in a dark forest. Depressive Silence seems to separate themselves from a number of dungeon synth acts by fusing their work with variety. There’s a clear distinction of melodies and emotions throughout and this variety of sounds provides a feeling of grandeur at times. Moreover, great work has been done in communicating effectively the aforementioned diversity. The lush arrangement and use of strings on “Depths of the Oceans” provides a sense of beauty, calmness, and purity, while the sound of trickling water evokes images of a rivulet that heads towards the sea.

However, Demo III is not all about uplifting melodies. “Atmosphere” is a bit more gloomy and eerie than the tracks that preceded it as the use of organ provides a ritualistic and grandiose feeling. In addition on “Mourning”, the sound that imitates chants provides a sense of emancipation and melancholy at the same time, whereas the sound of classic piano gives “Dreams” an inner seriousness and strength.

Overall, if you allow yourself to be immersed into the music of this LP, you will find out that Demo III is a magical, mystical and melancholic journey. Those who enjoy Mortiis’ music might discover a lot of redeeming features on here, while the variety of sounds and melodies makes it a fairly accessible listen. Therefore, don’t allow the unfortunate choice of this “band’s” name deprive you of enjoying a simpler world of adventure.



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manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2016


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Not a lot of dungeon synth gets reviewed on here and I'm far from being an experienced listener on this kind of music but I really enjoyed this album.



Full stream: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-bTcOEHkqg

TheBarber
December 11th 2016


4058 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Makes you truly feel like you're accompanying a wizard on top of a mountain that's actually a troll. Kinda kitsch but hits all the right spots

Chortles
December 11th 2016


21494 Comments


nice, this looks p cool

Astral Abortis
December 11th 2016


6731 Comments


Rules so hard. this was a big influence on one of the new Lost Salt Blood Purges albums

bakkermaarten007
December 11th 2016


5285 Comments


This is nice. Had it not been for that last sentence I wouldn't have listened.

DrJohn
December 11th 2016


1041 Comments


checked and this ain't half bad (was expecting to dislike cause of the black tag, but as it turns out there's no connection to that at all). pretty melodic and easy-flowing, although at times it does sound kinda 'cheap', but i suppose that goes with the style... makes me wanna go down the basement and find me old Golden Axe cartridge. oh, we're on the same page concerning your first par remarks. great review overall


ScuroFantasma
Emeritus
December 11th 2016


11825 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Dungeon synth is excellent when done right and I enjoy Mortiis' stuff so I'll get on this pronto. Neat write-up Manosg.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2016


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks guys. I really thought this wouldn't get more than a couple of comments but I'm glad to see you checking and digging the album.



"me wanna go down the basement and find me old Golden Axe cartridge"

Absolutely Doc. Golden Axe seemed so magical when I was a kid.

SCREAM!
December 11th 2016


15755 Comments


Oh sweet a dungeon synth review

And a good one at that. Love this album

50iL
December 11th 2016


5398 Comments


Very nice review! Looks like I'd like this.

DungeonBoy
December 11th 2016


8966 Comments


Dungeon synth you say? Good review.

Digging: Suppression - The Sorrow Of Soul Through Flesh

Maco097
December 11th 2016


3302 Comments


Sounds fine at first but it gets boring after a while.

BallsToTheWall
December 11th 2016


50823 Comments


I'm sold. Good work.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2016


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Balls, hope you enjoy.

jefflebowski
December 11th 2016


8573 Comments


is the aim of the band name to make them impossible to parody?

deslad
December 11th 2016


645 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Amazing review once again manos; really great album too. Like the dig too, haha

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2016


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hahaha right back at ya!

FullOfSounds
December 11th 2016


15821 Comments


Great review

manosg
Staff Reviewer
December 11th 2016


12506 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks dude, really appreciate it.

FullOfSounds
December 11th 2016


15821 Comments


Ay no problem man



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