Silentium, "Sufferion - Hamartia of Prudence"
Silentium may just be the revelation of 2003. Not often does one encounter phenomenal gothic metal that reinvents the wheel and presents something as unique as these six Finns unleashed with Sufferion ? Hamartia of Prudence. This isn't your average gothic metal. This is a superbly played and acted metal play.
The album is split into two halves. Half of these sixteen tracks is told in a play format while the other half complements it musically. The story told is very well-acted and makes for an interesting albeit a confusing read. A villain named Scoria personifies the character of Devil meets Jack, the Ripper, as he infiltrates the mind of a sailor named Antracon who throughout the haunted by the phrase "Every whore shall burn" that pertains to his beloved woman named Prudence who is of noble descent.
Musically, Silentium is a captivating mix of gothic metal in vein of Tristania and The Sins of Thy Beloved, yet only better. The songs are extremely catchy, well-orchestrated, skillfully sung by potent male and female singers, and groovy due to the abundance of double-bass drumming. My only complaint is the "acting" half of the story as it makes it a tad bit difficult to follow the album musically.
Hearing Sufferion - Hamartia of Prudence, I can't wait for the follow-up. I hope the band writes a straight up musical album, because compared to plenty of modern gothic metal rubbish, this is one band that has all the requisites to become a standout in the scene. An absolute must for fans of gothic metal!
P.S. Those few of us who enjoy reading the lyrics will also be pleasantly surprised with the content displayed here. Every time I hear the opening words of Wither in Silence, I get chills. Powerful stuff.