Platitude – Silence Speaks
This was the third release from the sadly defunct Platitude, and the only full-length I’ve heard from them to date. I somewhat overlooked Silence Speaks the first time around, although returning to it now it’s really began to open up, standing as something of a hidden gem destined to lose itself in the annals of time.
Platitude’s sound is a veritable mix-up of styles, with the base of their sound similar to that of Cloudscape and Last Tribe, especially the releases from those respective acts around 2004/5. Adding to that base sound are shades of Evergrey, Vanden Plas, and Queensrÿche, as well as a definite AOR/ hard rock vibe shown proudly through the keyboards and some of the vocal lines. Another element to their sound is this emotional air hanging over the whole lot, which really has me thinking along the lines of Return To Heaven Denied-era Labyrinth. All these elements combined ensure Silence Speaks has a quality sound, and upon repeated listens the album really casts itself wide open.
A clean production is the best course of action for Platitude’s chosen sound, and this is achieved throughout the release. The rhythm section is tight and crisp; built upon via glacial keyboards which vie for control of the release with the clean yet crunchy guitars, and of course Erik Ez’s Michael-Andersson-meets-Tobias-Sammet-meets-Tom-Englund vocal stylings. Power metal elements are interspersed with the band’s style of progressive metal adding dynamic to Silence Speaks and throughout Platitude set to dazzle the listener with charm and aplomb.
Without any glaring downsides, I’d say Silence Speaks is well worth checking out. Just about every track offers something of interest here. They don’t seem to make them like this anymore, and those who found themselves enamoured with the exports of Magnus Karlsson and Mike Andersson in the mid 00’s will find an album to cherish in Silence Speaks. Platitude didn’t break any boundaries or blaze any trails, yet what they did do was write some thoughtful, enjoyable music and I’d recommend picking this up if you enjoy any of the bands mentioned throughout the review.
Chris rating 3.75 out of 5