Take the brooding of Green Carnation, softer sounds of Opeth or Satellite, the melodic power riffing of Porcupine Tree, the heavy melancholy of Katatonia or Anathema and the bass/guitar interplay of Riverside - "A Fair Dream Gone Mad" is ready. But In The Silence doesn't make it that easy (if you can even speak of easy with this constellation). In any case, none of the eight songs in the four from Sacramento give the impression that they had designed something on the drawing board. This is not a matter of course in the modern prog genre, especially not for newcomers. Band founder, main songwriter, guitarist and singer Josh Burke has recorded this debut with his colleagues Nate Higgins (g), Dennis Davis (b) and Niko Panagopoulos (dr) within a year, which does not sound like a debut at all. More clean than on "A Fair Dream Gone Mad" you can hardly combine contrasts like loud/quiet, power/atmosphere, metal/folk. On the one hand, this is due to the first-class songwriting, which also repeatedly uses wonderful harmony singing as a stylistic device. And on the other hand the congenial cooperation of the instruments. Echo and reverb effects on the guitars also provide the necessary sound variety and make keyboards superfluous. It doesn't make much sense to highlight a song here, because the album as a whole flows wonderfully - if it weren't for the over-song "Beneath This Falling Leaves", a clear candidate for the metal ballad of the year: acoustic guitar and violin in a melancholic duet, beguiling vocals like in Lunatic Soul and a hypnotic folk mood, which provides additional ecstasy by skilfully shortening the time in the right places. As I said, we are talking here about a debut album - hardly imagining what In The Silence will be able to do in the future.
Top track: Beneath This Falling Leaves