Sylver Myst - Depth Of Illusions

Year of Release: 2005
Label: Eigen Beheer
Catalog Number: n/a
Format: CD
Total Time: 16:45:00

I have missed the first demo of this gothic metal formation, but unfortunately their second demo, Strain Of Souls, did not leave a lasting impression. Now the band presents their third release, this time under the heading "mini cd." If I start with the packaging, it looks really good. Great artwork, a lot more professional than printing covers yourself. So, I'd say this is a good start.

Musically Depth Of Illusions also made a better impression on me. A much better production, so pleasant to listen to. OK, they are in the gothic metal corner, so mainly high, soprano vocals. Fortunately Marlojein H?skens is a good singer, so that is covered. At times I do find her a bit reminiscent of Helena Iren Michaelsen (Imperia, Angel).

The music is worked out well. Good, tight compositions and the gents get enough room to play their parts. For a change a bass solo, instead of the ever standard guitar solo, in "As Heaven Blessed A Dying Rose." This is what makes the music great. But still it is fairly standard work. Also the grunts are, again, done good, but not earthshaking.

With almost 16 and a half minute, the playing time is rather short. And that is a pity, because even though the music is not world changing or groundbreaking, I have found I like listening to this album. Hopefully this band will soon get the chance to record a full length album, because they deserve it! All in all, Depth Of Illusions is a fine mini cd.

As Heaven Blessed?a Dying Rose / Escape From Reality / Depths Of Illusions / Seduction / Desire

Marjolein H?sken - lead vocals
Bart Spackler - keyboards
Didier Roumen - lead guitar
Rob van Dijk - guitar
Marc Jaspers - drums
Ronald van de Rijt - bass, grunts

The Bleeding Snowland (2001)
Strains Of Souls (2003)
Depth Of Illusions (2005)

Genre: Progressive-Power Metal

Origin NL

Added: September 14th 2005
Reviewer: Marcel Haster
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Language: english


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