The maturity or progression that Brisbane powercore band A Breach of Silence display on sophomore album The Darkest Road is something out of the box.
With an intriguing mix of straight out metal to their powercore roots, the quintet wield a distinct difference similar bands lack or are unwilling to jump into. In doing so, the band are more accessible and their appeal to wider audiences will grow. The platform has clearly been paved for the band to create some attention worldwide.
Listening to opener, ‘T.P.N.E (The Party Never Ends)’ one could mistake this new found progression in their musicianship. Despite its hard hitting breakdowns, gang vocals and obvious lyrical content, it really is a stock standard track and a weird choice to start the album when you listen to it as a whole. It’s not that it’s a bad track, it’s more to do with the placement and content. From that point on however, things improve dramatically. Title track ‘The Darkest Road’ leads in with some memorable lyrics and vocal diatribe before entering a magnificent weave from melodic chorus to straight out attack. The production is first class and vocalist Rhys Flannery’s performance is highlighted throughout. ‘Vultures’ is next, another melodic driven track with the band combining for a gang vocal. Double kick drums enter evolving into breakdowns sure to envelope some serious pit action. This track will be a highlight on their likely tour.
‘Silhouette’ has some clear Parkway Drive influences on it with all its brutality and groove, whilst ‘Hang ‘em High’s tranquil beginnings soon become deathly tones juxtaposed against the clean vocal use. ‘In Reality We Trust’ is sheer breakdown heaven. Heavy bass kicks into frenetic levels.
The ballad ‘Immortal’ is a stand out. Flannery croons and shows off his immense talent with the accompanying heavy guitar during its chorus to grandiose effect. ‘Immortal’ will divide opinion, with a direction far from a powercore venture. However, as an outsider, this is a quality metal ballad, perhaps even without peer in recent years. Metallica fans will devour this.
The album concludes with the piano based ‘Time Still Remains’, that unfortunately misses the mark with its structure and it just feels too much for Flannery to take on. All things considered, however, The Darkest Road is a triumph. If the album’s two bookends had been scrapped, there was potential to be amongst the best of 2014. Still, it’s pretty darn good and another great example of the quality of music Australia is releasing at present.
2. The Darkest Road
5. Hang ‘em High
6. In Reality We Trust
7. Lost at Sea
8. This is the End
11. A Place I Know
12. Dead and Destroyed
13. Krazy B!tch
14. Time Still Remains