Moaning Silence – A Waltz Into Darkness

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/ label URL: Symmetric Records
Released: 2020
Buy Album: https://moaningsilence.bandcamp.com/releases7
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/moaningsilence

Band line-up:

Christos – Guitars / male vocals
Eleftheria – Female vocals
Harry – Keyboards
Antonis – Bass
Vangelis X – Drums

Tracklisting:

1. Rite of Decay
2. The Silence of the Gods
3. Towards the Sun
4. A Waltz into Darkness
5. Songs for Winter
6. Stormbirds
7. I am Sorrow
8. The Lights of Alexandria

Review

To describe gothic metal, it’s inspiration from gothic fiction, experiences combining with the heaviness of metal and the lyrics are typically dark. This genre began to grow during the early ’90s, and the founders of gothic metal include Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and Anathema.

Now to introduce Moaning Silence. A Waltz Into Darkness is the second album from the Greek doom/gothic metal band, which follows their debut EP called Fragrances From Yesterdays (2017) and an album, A World Afraid Of Light (2015).

Firstly, have a look at the album cover, you can see the quality of the artwork which is created by John Toussas (Graphic no Jutsu). The artist captures “a waltz into darkness” by the dark and light elements, and the couple with their eyes covered.

From the start of the album I was transported into the music: the opening track, “Rite Of Decay” opened up with an atmospheric riff and slow drums, and after just over a minute the beautiful, silken tones of the female vocalist come through, then the harsh and deep sounds from the male vocalist. This continued throughout the album, using poetry through spoken word and expressive male and female vocals. It’s always refreshing to hear newer bands developing their style but you can also hear their influences, which I mentioned earlier in this review.

My favourite song from the album  is “I am Sorrow” which the band has released a lyric video for, the link is included below for you to go and check it out yourselves:

In conclusion, if you like listening to My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost or Anathema you may like this five-piece band. I gave this album a 3.5, which is very good. This band is progressing on the right path, and you can feel the hard work throughout the album.

Review by

Jessica Plumb

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