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There are few musicians who can consistently create masterpieces in a metal band essentially on their own. Well, Tuomas Saukkonen of Finland is one of those guys. Tuomas does most everything in creating an album - dark vocals, guitars, bass, drums, keys, etc. Sure, that's just for studio purposes...but damn! Also a prevalent member of the project is Lars Eikind of Norway. He has handled the clean vocals on recent Before the Dawn albums, as well as on Dawn of Solace (another project of Tuomas'), and also the band Winds. Lars also takes over the bass duties for live sessions and actually recorded the bass for this album. Between these two artists you can guarantee a solid album - and that's just what "Soundscape of Silence" is!
"Sounscape of Silence" is the 5th full length album in the past 6 years for Before the Dawn...wow! And it's not like Tuomas pushes out crap either. If anything, each album gets even better! Anyone who is already familiar with Before the Dawn knows what to expect - heavy, catchy guitar riffs, pummeling drums, and two other things: Tuomas' intense growls, and Lars' phenomenal clean vocals. "SoS" succeeds in meeting those expectations and then some! From what I can catch listening to this album, the bass lines have become a bit more prevalent as well.
So, on to the songs. I listened to the full album before it came out on the band's myspace page, and while I remember some of the tracks being amazing, others didn't floor me. Not so surprisingly, after I actually received the album and listened to it multiple times, these songs quickly grew on me. Fast favorites include "Dying Sun" (the first single), "Exile", "Hide Me", and one other track. "Monsters" is a slight departure for a Before the Dawn song.Read more ›
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