Once, a great musician wrote a song called ‘Dead Gardens’. This song was composed by Tuomas Holopainen from Nightwish after not being able to find inspiration to write new material. That is pretty much how I feel about Cadaveria’s ‘Silence’; not a lack of inspiration, more of a lack of words. Cadaveria have been around for a respectful amount of years, always with controversial opinions about their material. Their ‘Horror Metal’ is well known, and so is their singer with capacity to growl and sing – and she does it well. ‘Silence’ shows this capacity, along with what seems to be a collection of fairly good musicians. However, they did nothing but confuse me. Describing their material becomes a hard task, even after listening to it 20 times.
I reckon that they have an interesting mix of death, goth and even black metal in their songs, scrambled in an interesting way. You can definitely distinguish them in songs like ‘Carnival of Doom’, ‘Exercise1’ and ‘Strangled Idols’, but those clean vocals on the choruses kill it. She has an interesting voice, but the way the vocal lines are put in there are just “Goth” in such a really bad shape. And the instrumental… well put, but so obvious. It’s like going to a Goth Disco 10 years ago.
Again, I must say that the album itself is not bad but it’s not good either. Musical-wise, it’s quite well done but listening to it is indescribable. It’s good and bad; it has good elements and really bad ones. And it has absolutely no emotion, but maybe that is the point? A detached, catchy sound would be the best way to describe it. It’s totally fine to listen to as generic background music. It’s certainly better than what radio passes these days.
Review by Salomé Sequeira
1st Dec 2014
1) Velo (The Other Side of Hate)
2) Carnival of Doom
3) Free Spirit
4) The Soul that Doesn't Sleep
6) Out Loud
7) Death, Again
9) Almost Ghostly
11) Strangled Idols
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"...it has absolutely no emotion, but maybe that is the point? A detached, catchy sound would be the best way to describe it."