Ivan - Silver Screens (CD) Digipak

melodic doom death metal, Solitude Productions, Solitude Productions
666.67 Р
Price in points: 1000 points
SP. 153-20 xs
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The fifth release by Australian band Ivan “Silver Screens” develops and affirms their unique personal style that goes far beyond the frames of funeral death doom metal. At the same time, when working on this album, the musicians gained diverse experience and achieved a new level of sound.
A combination of heavy riffs with a lively violin and atmospheric keyboards creates a harmonic unity. Melodies that touch the very soul, together with epic and airiness make the album indeed special and memorable.
The artwork was created by our good friend Ashley Williams who has expressed through acrylics the spirit of the album, representing the sound through the color palettes which were envisioned whilst writing and recording «Silver Screens».
The album comes as a limited six-panel digipack.

1 Silver Screens 19:23
2 The Winds Will Scream 11:44
3 Underneath The Tapestry 7:13
4 Crystalline 5:58

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Silver Screens
melodic doom death metal
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Solitude Productions
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Antichrist Magazine

Toying with conceptions of reality, Silver Screens comes to us from Ivan with a mind bending take on the doom genre. That is to say “doom.” This one might take some explaining…

Silver Screens, from the opening moments of the title track features all the hallmarks of a fine funeral doom album. Gut rumbling riffs and static drums abound, creating a bleak atmosphere of chilling despair. Vocals are pondering and anguished. But it’s around the five minute mark that things… take a turn. A wonderful, glorious turn. Almost seamlessly, the tone of the track shifts to a much more romantic, at times triumphant feeling that is truly unlike anything to be found in the doom metal genre past or present. Bells and strings overtake the churning guitar work, creating something entirely new to me, and something very, very welcome at that.

The album continues in this vein, at times going even further off model (the 80’s jazz pop of penultimate track “Underneath The Tapestry” comes to mind). The loveliness of the violin and bells returns at several perfectly placed moments to break up any monotony that may arise from the trappings of the genre, making for one of the most well rounded releases I’ve heard in a very long time. The feels abound across Silver Screens‘ entire run time, taking the listener on an emotional rollercoaster with just as many peaks as plummets, a sound that to my knowledge really hasn’t been tapped in doom music before.

As I write this, I have only moments ago finalized my 2020 Top Ten list, committing myself to sending it without any further stress of deliberation. This Australian troupe should be aware that they only missed a top five spot by about twenty minutes. This thing is a trip. Everyone needs to listen to it, like it or not, just to check out the cool things these guys are doing. I implore you to give this one a listen.

Author: Peter Morsellino
All Around Metal

Come è stato già scritto in passato su queste pagine, quando si tratta di Funeral Doom e Death/Doom, la russa Solitude productions è una garanzia di qualità; la label proveniente dalle fredde terre russe non manca il colpo nemmeno questa volta, con la produzione di "Silver Screens", quarto album del duo Funeral Doom/Death australiano Ivan; un lavoro, quello proposto da Joseph Pap e Brod Wellington, che saprà trovare i favori degli amanti a 360° del genere, visto che i Nostri sanno passare dalle pesanti e funeree atmosfere di gruppi come Doom:VS e Mournful Congregation alle malinconiche melodie dei My Dying Bride. Cartolina di questo è senza dubbio la lunghissima title track che ha l'onore e l'onere di aprire l'opera: venti minuti circa in cui tutti gli elementi che rendono gli Ivan un progetto cos'i interessante messi in campo senza remore, un brano sì lunghissimo ma che riesce a toccare corde nell'animo spesso del tutto nascoste, specie ascoltandolo ad occhi chiusi, provare per credere. Nell'altra metà dell'album composta dai restanti tre brani, gli Ivan confermano come il loro operato sia semplicemente perfetto con l'attuale mood autunnale: decadenza, oscurità, tutti elementi che accompagnano le pesanti note del duo di Melbourne, tanto che riteniamo sia stata una fortuna il promo sia arrivato ora e non a giugno, quando l'album è uscito.
Sicuramente meno noti di altre bands dal nome più altisonante - vedi appunto Doom:VS, Mournful Congregation, Ahab o Worship -, gli Ivan non hanno assolutamente nulla da invidiare alle suddette: il duo australiano appare in crescita costante e tocca il proprio apice con quest'ottimo "Silver Screens", ma è lecito aspettarsi in futuro ancora grandi cose dalla ditta Pap/Wellington.

Author: Daniele Ogre
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