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Silentium - Infinita Plango Vulnera (7,5/10) - Finland - 1999

Genre: Gothic Metal
Label: Spikefarm
Playing time: 47:28
Band homepage: Silentium

Tracklist:

  1. Solicitude
  2. Forever Sleep
  3. Redemption
  4. Autumn Heart
  5. Whatever The Pain
  6. Maiden Of The Forest
  7. Requiem
  8. With Blood Adorned
  9. At The Dawn I Wept
  10. Solicitude
Silentium - Infinita Plango Vulnera
"The Infinite Lament Of The Wounds", a title that is program, as so often, because it most definitely does NOT sound like summer and beach, and song-titles like "Forever Sleep", "Whatever The Pain" and "With Blood Adorned" don't sound like stories of freshly fallen in love youths either - Gothic Metal is the law.

Musically the Finnish septet SILENTIUM ("Silence") uses the standard ingredients, like growly male voice, ultra-melancholic guitars and slow tempo, while a clear female voice (very original, I know, but still it fits) and a violin offer variation.

Overall a pleasant album that has its best moments in "Forever Sleep" and "At The Dawn I Wept", doesn't have a big drop in quality, but somehow lacks the certain something. But it's a debut and only time will tell, which direction will be the one to go for SILENTIUM...

Alexander Melzer



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