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Silvertomb - Edge of Existence

Edge of Existence
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 05 December 2019, 12:10 PM

There are times when Metal bands are really boring in playing what was already done time and time again. It seems like one doesn’t know anything that was released throughout these almost 70 years of Rock ‘n’ Roll existence, or is so hardly influenced by others’ music that can’t leave their shadows; it’s easier to live off others. And besides it’s not a carbon copy, SILVERTOMB’s musical work presented on “Edge of Existence” resembles a lot many things heard before.

They’re into a musical way that mixes some introspective moments from Progressive Rock with the rough melodies of Stoner Rock. The idea is good, but not their insight, because it reminds a lot some parts of JANE’S ADDICTION work, the contrasts are similar to what can be heard on “Ritual de Lo Habitual”. So the band still is living under the shadow of others, and it’s not good. Their music has energy and presents some good ideas, but sounds similar to others. The sonority of “Edge of Existance” is crude as their musical work demands (besides in a way that the listener is allowed to understand what the band is playing), so there is nothing to complain about it. All was done in the best way possible.

“Love You Without No Lies” with its rough melodies, the contrasts between harsh parts with introspective melodic moments on “So True” and on “Not Your Savior” (this one is near of commercial accessibility during the tender moments), the Dream Rock influences on lysergic voyages of “Right of Passage/Crossing Over”, the tender and catching parts of “Eulogy/Requiem” (maybe the finest song of the entire album), and the mix between a crude approach with accessible melodies heard on “Waiting” are the album’s best moments, but once more: it sounds similar to many names that were heard before, so take care.

Good ideas and potential the band shows, but “Edge of Existence” is the kind of album that shows a band that went to earlier to the studio. Maybe SILVERTOMB can do better on the nest time.

Musicianship: 7
Songwriting: 6
Memorability: 6
Production: 7

3 Star Rating

1. Insomnia/Sunrise
2. Love You Without No Lies
3. So True
4. Not Your Savior
5. One of You
6. Right of Passage/Crossing Over
7. Eulogy/Requiem
8. Sleeping on Nails and Wine
9. Waiting
Kenny Hickey - Guitars, Vocals
Joseph James - Guitars
Aaron Joos - Guitars, Keyboards
Hank Hell - Bass
Johnny Kelly - Drums
Record Label: Long Branch Records


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