Deafening Silence – Scapegoat Of Ignorance
Reviewed by Christopher Foley
Initially this seemed really cool. Well, at least from the opening song anyway. Heavy power metal riffs, an Andy Franck-like vocalist, sign me up! It’s just a shame the music isn’t as good as it could have been throughout. Deafening Silence definitely has the potential, I just feel there’s something missing from their sound, which I’ll of course outline shortly.
I was surprised at how heavy these guys are, as when I think French power metal, I tend to think Heavenly, and then I get a hankering for cheese. I guess even judging by the album art – which wouldn’t look out of place on a Sabaton record – these guys would sound meaner than your average Euro-power act. Instead of taking you away to a dreamland or fantasy world, Deafening Silence seeks to take you deep into the trenches with their brand of war-inspired power metal.
I think my main issue with Scapegoat Of Ignorance is that it just doesn’t go for the throat as much as I expected, or as it should. The band clearly has the chops to to take its music further, and I really like Nicolas Griette’s vocals, as he nails the melodic and gruff balance well. Seriously though, the music is completely pedestrian. The opening track “The Call” really sets the bar, with a solid riff and really, with the exception of one or two numbers, it’s pretty much downhill from there. The band tends to stick to the mid-paced songs, which both overstay their welcome and offer little in the way of excitement. Take a look at “Deathsquads” for instance: judging by the title this should be set to flatten, yet the number is adorned with vanilla guitar riffs which belie the energy that Deafening Silence put into the recording.
I’m not saying this needs to sound like Panzer Division Marduk, but the song titles, artwork, and even Nicolas’ passionate vocal performance call for a greater intensity that just isn’t present. Hell, at times they get close, as seen in “Of Iron and Fire” (which is one of the finer numbers here – there’s even some blast beats!). Why couldn’t they sound more like this throughout? The music fails to deliver, and it’s quite annoying as there’s really no reason it should.
The performances in and of themselves are good. Particularly the drums, which show nice variation in beat patterns, and even when the riffs fail to excite, they’re without a doubt well-played. The bass is nice and audible too; man, this is so frustrating! Deafening Silence seriously has all of the pieces, but it fumbles at putting them together properly here. This ultimately results in a release I could easily forget about in spite of serving up some promising material and decent songs. If the band could just dial up the intensity and speed, they’d really be onto something. Not horrible, and worth a look for those who enjoy the heavier side of the power metal spectrum. I can’t see the appeal spreading further than that at present, however.
3.0 // 5