The Italian band Tystnaden has been around since 1999. "Tystnaden" comes from Swedish and means silence. But rarely was a band name so little program! The six around front woman Laura de Luca sees himself as a gothic dark metal band influenced by Scandinavian metal. That means drum thunderstorms, atmospheric dark songs, sometimes aggressive, sometimes tender vocals, hard riffs and then again almost tender piano sounds. The contrasts attract each other here. Compared to the two previous albums, De Luca has also developed into a class singer with a clear, powerful voice. On "Anima" the redhead proves an amazing range from extremely aggressive to gentle ("Father Mother"). It gets really exciting when keyboarder Lorenzo Frascaroli sets his contraparts with growls ("Lust", "The Life Before"). Even if representatives of the "pure doctrine" will beat up their hands above their heads: Tystnaden offer a slightly weakened version of the genre, which should make them interesting for crossover, nu-metal and progmetal fans as well. So just try it out!
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