ARTIST:

SYLVAN

(GERMANY)
TITLE:

FORCE OF GRAVITY

(2009)
LABEL:

PROGROCK

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Neo
""Force of Gravity" is an album that many bands can envy the quality of and will delight any listener who loves great neo-progressive music."
TONYB (04.09.2009)  
4/5
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After the tornado triggered by 'Posthumous Silence' and the release of the less captivating 'Presets', Sylvan took almost three years to come back with a new production. The band is now without a label and they also changed guitarist, Jan Petersen replacing the faithful Kay Söhl... 

First notes of the album clack in the ears like... Pure Sylvan, no surprise: Marco Glühmann's enchanting voice, recognizable among a thousand, immediately comes to place on powerful harmonies, the melodic sense of the band being always as present (Force of Gravity). What's next? We could assimilate it to a kind of catalogue of Sylvan's know-how: oppressive tracks full of tension that end up exploding (Follow Me), powerful hits with a melody that immediately stay in the head (From the Silence or God of Rubbish), all this making us travel from Encounters to X-Rayed. Sylvan also gives us some well felt metal riffs which weigh down the atmosphere but does not last very long (King Porn, Follow Me). 

A novelty? Well yes, the band lets itself go to some (much) quieter ballads, with notably a superb duet with Miriam Schell and also the presence of strings in the quietest passages of several tracks (the symphonic Isle in Me for example). A bit of tenderness in this world of brutes... The final epic will synthesize all these ambiences, with a final guitar solo which is certainly very classical, but very beautiful.

So you'll tell me, why this note finally low enough for a band that has more than proven itself? Be careful, don't be mistaken in your analysis: Force of Gravity is an album that many bands can envy the quality of and will delight any listener adept of a quality neo-progressive. Simply, three years ago, Sylvan released a masterpiece (Posthumous Silence), and each new production will now be compared to it. In order to avoid the strong impression of déjà vu, the band tried to introduce new elements into its style; for my part, both the metallic passages and the quieter parts, the latter being sometimes a bit long, didn't fully convince me of the merits of the approach.


More informations on http://www.sylvan.de





TRACK LISTING:
01. Force Of Gravity - 5:14
02. Follow Me - 4:41
03. Isle In Me - 6:02
04. Embedded - 3:31
05. Turn Of The Tide - 6:54
06. From The Silence - 5:44
07. Midnight Sun - 5:12
08. King Porn - 7:33
09. Episode 609 - 6:02
10. God Of Rubbish - 4:03
11. Vapour Trail - 14:30

LINEUP:
Jan Petersen: Guitares
Marco Glühmann: Chant
Matthias Harder: Batterie
Sebastian Harnack: Basse
Volker Söhl: Claviers
   
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