Now, when a new band in which they carry the spirit of the Progressive genre, I get a real kick out of it. And there is one of the most surprising bands who have been around since the beginning of the millennium, is a group from Sweden called Violent Silence. This is my introduction to their music and their new album released this year, has some structures in the realms of Symphonic Rock and Metal. And the songs that have a story in which it has a fantasy and adventurous journey's that the listener will embark on the moment they put on, A Broken Truce.
Each of the four compositions, are clocked in between 10, 11, and 15 minutes. So what you going to explore, is a magic carpet ride that you've never dreamed of. And an epic adventure, that is waiting for you to go into different worlds in various parts of different dimensions. Opener, Prism Path, is an uplifting waltz featuring a lot of classical piano and bits of the Moog Synthesizer, flown in the clouds to say hello and do some solos, it gives it a real jolt to start the album off with a roller-coaster ride with capability.
Rim of Clouds, has a calming turned into an eruptive composition. At first, it starts off with a relaxing pastoral symphony for the first three minutes and fifty-two seconds before it goes into a dramatic rumble between Bass, Synth and Drums that is at times, jaw-dropping and volcanic before going back into the comforting movement so that the instruments could get a chance to have their jets cooled off to give the vocals a chance to shine through. Still, the track is a centerpiece of using a lot of improvisations and different time signatures and a touch of Genesis during the sessions for The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.
The Kingdom Below, which is based on the story, Journey to the West, that tells the story about Sun Wukong, the Monkey King, who had supernatural powers from the work of Taoism before being imprisoned by the Buddha and then years later, is accompanied by a Monk to travel to India, is set in the style of a rock opera. It has this '80s sound, but with a Metal twist. At first you think it's a guitar, doing this crazy solo, it's still the synthesizer by using almost a fuzz-tone sound to get that harder edge feel as it goes into this dance-like wildly movement in the midsection that is superficial and spellbinding, and very much relies on the story and staying true to it.
The closing title track, has some of the symphonic structures, but more jazzy at the same time to give it that warm sunrise for a new day and a new beginning. I have listen to A Broken Truce about six times already and Violent Silence's new album is one of the most mind-blowing albums to come out of 2013. And if you love early Genesis, Yes, and Starcastle, this is highly recommended!