Silent Line – Shattered Shores (Canada, 2015)

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Before I begun, just me state that concept albums, bar those created by King Diamond, are completely lost on me. So I’ll outline the story and then it shall never be repeated again….

It’s about someone stuck on an island and that island is slowly being worn away by the ocean. Add to that a bit of storm damage, and that’s the gist of what the album is about.

Musically, Canada’s Silent Line, with a core of Melodic Death Metal, mix in an orchestral flavour, alongside a slight folky/Progressive edge, mainly due to the clean singing parts. So early Children of Bodom, borrowing symphonic bits from Within Temptation, circa Mother Earth, maybe a bit of Anathema… you get the picture.

And Shattered Shores is a bloody good album. Melodic Death isn’t my genre of choice, but Silent Line have added so much to that core, that’s there’s plenty to enjoy. From the jaunty seafaring feel (did anyone say Pirate Metal?) to the superbly crafted clean vocal sections to the overall feelgood factor this album gives off. I mean, you can’t go wrong with a bit of bouncy Metal….

This is the bands 3rd album, and the maturity in their song-writing and arrangements do highlight a band who have learnt their craft well. But I’m just wondering why they are still unsigned. A decade ago I’m sure the likes of Nuclear Blast would have snapped them up. I guess that’s a sign of how much of a state the music industry is in right now. To be honest, if I had the money, I’d take a chance on these guys.

Well worth checking out

Tracklist:

  1. Frost of The Night (5:46)
  2. Erosion (3:52)
  3. Black And White (3:21)
  4. Shattered Shores I Timeless Night (5:45)
  5. Summer Song (5:40)
  6. Starfall (4:08)
  7. Shattered Shores II A New Beginning (8:08)
  8. Into The Chasm (4:39)
  9. The Faceless Shadow (6:24)
  10. Embrace the End (5:19)

Album Length: 53:07

Label: Self Release
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Release Date: October 30th 2015
Reviewed by Steve

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