“A Silent End” is the debut album from Raleigh-based rockers IDIOM. The boys describe themselves as “Progressive Hard Rock,” but I’m thinking a more appropriate label would be “Occasionally Weird Hard Rock.” The album is light on actual Prog riffs and beats, instead focusing more on a Modern Metal/Rock sound (think CHEVELLE).
Most of IDIOM’s Progressive moments come from something closer to ‘70s Psychedelica than from modern Prog bands like PORCUPINE TREE. There are times where they show off their technical prowess, like on the searing guitar solo in the middle of “Crux (In Memory),” although these moments are relatively few and far between. IDIOM is clearly a talented band, and I would’ve hoped for more moments of guitar wizardry just to make the album a bit more exciting.
See, the excitement factor is this album’s main issue; it doesn’t have a lot of moments that really catapult the sound beyond the plodding pseudo-heavy beats favoured by today’s Hard Rock bands. Lead singer Steve Grove has that deep, throaty bellow that you’ve heard so many times on the radio. The songs themselves are easily interchangeable and ultimately forgettable, even after repeated listens.
“A Silent End” seems like it was written more for the Alternative Rock fan than the Progressive Rock fan. Don’t go into this album expecting crazy riffs or bizarre time signatures; expect familiar, radio-friendly Modern Rock sounds. Fans of such music will likely find something enjoyable despite all the monotony, but everyone else will become bored rather quickly.
(Online February 12, 2010)