Malta’s WEEPING SILENCE come announced as Doom Metal of the romantic side, I would say that very catchy Gothic Metal with doomy note hits the nail on the head pretty well, complete with violin and more or less fragile female vocals and after two demos in 2000 and 2003, they signed with Greek Sleaszy Rider Records label for their full-length debut “End Of An Era”. Best known member of the band is former FORSAKEN guitarist Mario Ellul, but despite the comparably slow tempo, there are no similarities between the two bands.
The style of WEEPING SILENCE is way more mellow and puts a lot more emphasis on atmosphere than anything else, with lush keyboards preparing the ground for the slow and measured Gothic Metal, where the guitars are mostly used as rhythm instrument, while the keyboard and violin take the lead more often than the six strings, which in those instances are very unobtrusive. That Rachel Grech’s voice is clear and at times almost fragile only strengthens the feeling that you stand in front of a structure of crystal that could collapse any moment, but has this serene beauty that is just mesmerizing. While listening to this, I’ve come to the conclusion that WEEPING SILENCE could without problems stand between WITHIN TEMPTATION and AFTER FOREVER, as they undoubtedly have been strongly influenced at least by the former.
The songs stay very much in context of the album, meaning that variety is not necessarily the biggest asset and that is at the same time the biggest problem of “End Of An Era”, as the songs are all pretty long (up to 10+ minutes) and have a tendency to sound a little same-y after a while, which is sad, as the songs per se are not bad at all. Coincidentally the most fragile reading title, “Crystal Images” actually shakes things up the most and even goes all the way up to some double-bass and it shows that some more dynamics work wonders in the WEEPING SILENCE sound, because it makes things somewhat more involving.
In the end I am not quite sure what to make of the album, as said, looking at single songs, they are good, but over the course of a whole album, things look a little differently, because it just sounds too much the same. So not a bad album by any means, but overall not enough variety or depth to keep the attention for longer than a few spins, the potential is there, though, so I would definitely not rule out the Maltese, not least as two of the six tracks are over five years old, so I’ll keep an eye on WEEPING SILENCE and see, if they can progress with their second strike.
(Online January 2, 2009)