Album: Dirt Beyond Beauty
Band: Silver Tears
Label: Vantage Records
Released: October 30, 2010 (Digital Version)
Think of everything that you expect from a metal outfit, and slowly un-think them one by one, because “Dirt Beyond Beauty” is not your conventional progressive metal. These people mean it when they say “experimental” and if play with different elements in a song is what you’re looking for, then this four-song EP is right up your ally.
The title track begins with a slow intro that would make you think classy and refined, as opposed to raw and frenzied. And then when the lead starts to build up the intensity, before you know it, you’re drowning in the music, swaying with the rhythm. When listening to this track, the only thing I could see was that of a lone bike rider, biking through treacherous terrains in his heavy-duty muscle machine, braving a fierce sun that is hell bent on burning him. To me this song symbolizes the lone rebel. Don’t ask me why though. The second track “Euphonious Odyssey” has a whimsical and dreamy intro that suddenly grows powerful. The track is indeed an odyssey, a journey that gets almost balladic as the track ebbs and flows. Look out for the awesome guitar pieces and the interlude that gets surprisingly unpredictable. “Deep Within”, the third track is somewhat “jazzy” and you will have to listen to it to really understand it. “Drifter” caught my attention with its interesting, definitely heavy intro, and the drums that almost unconsciously make you want to start with the head-banging. All I can think of is how amazing it would be to listen to this live. With beats that make you go all stop-and-start in the interlude, this song is definitely one to lose yourself into.
If anything, this is not something that you have heard before, and the rendezvous with “Dirt Beyond Beauty” is extremely satisfying. Silver Tears has a winner in its hands, and consequent releases will be something to look forward to.
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