MAJESTY OF SILENCE - Zu dunkel für das Licht

Majesty Of Silence - Zu dunkel für das Licht

14 songs
78:12 minutes
***** ****
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Swiss black metal band Majesty Of Silence existed between 1996 and 2010 as a trio and released three albums. Then they broke apart, and after a six-year break, Peter Mahler and Christian Geissmann decided to revive the band as a duo. After two years of creative work, they are back with their new album Zu dunkel für das Licht. On the first two albums the song titles were still in English. On the third album Lichtstille, there was a mix of English and German lyrics. The new album is all in German language, without resorting to their Swiss accent which they do have when talking.

At first I wondered if two musicians are enough to come up with a full and rich sound, and I soon found out that yes it is. Majesty Of Silence manage successfully to perform the different moods of black metal, and are still open for other musical styles. Immortal and Dimmu Borgir are the main influences, which can be discerned quite easily. Another more unlikely influence are Sonata Arctica, and even if this may sound strange at first, the duo often upcycle their fast and brutal attacks with theatrical breaks. It’s astonishing how many original ideas the guys add into their songs. The fact that a raw black metal part is followed by a mellow violin part is testimony to how they love to play with extremes. The weirdest moment comes on Sonne, where brutal male croaked vocals run in parallel with melodic clean female vocals. Another standout track is Dem Engel noch zuhören which is splendidly arranged and full of drama, despair and towards the end full-on crazy. The following Klangfeind – Neuzeithasser is another unusual track which combines orchestral arrangement with punk-like vocals. Rudi contains so many musical notes that it is close to insanity.

Of course Majesty Of Silence are not the first band to combine brutal music with orchestral arrangements. Another band from the Alps comes to mind that did something similar at the turn of the millennium: Angizia from Austria. And still, Majesty Of Silence manage to add so many different moods into their music. No matter if their sound is brutal, dramatic, kitsch, hymn-like or martial, the final product reminds at times of a musical. It’d be really great to see Zu dunkel für das Licht performed with additional musicians in a live setting.

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