Bart M. : Yes! Just yes. When I heard the intro I already got the impression that this was going to be an album to enjoy. I was not disappointed when the real music started. This is really awesome. Naturally, I reached for the included reading, that is to say, the CD booklet, and thumbing through it gave me goosebumps. This may be something personal, but I love it when an album is graphically put together in a good way. Old fashioned, horror-ish and with a World War II edge to it, plus figurants. If that is not enough to convince you, let me tell you that musically this band kicks ass as well.
Silver Dust is a metal band from Switzerland, and that is quite noticeable when you listen to the vocals. As with some other bands (Moonspell!), this is in fact very charming and really adds something to the overall experience. The sound is familiar and even a little radio friendly, but it is hard to just put a label on it. The sounds we're hearing are a combination of gothic, electronics and darkwave, but most of all what I get from it is a steady measure of heavy metal! There are the occasional symphonic elements, a thing I normally dread, but Silver Dust manages to deliver this hard and clear, with more room for the real instruments than for the synthesizer. The vocals are super varied and seem to adapt themselves to what the song asks of them. Really great. It also has a very high level of HIM. In a good way.
It is clear that Silver Dust do what they feel like doing and the music is going in many different directions because of that. Surprising directions sometimes. They are not trying to impress anyone but play music because they enjoy it, making this album sound natural and convincing. I would also like to add compact, tight and heavy to that list. Did I mention this is an awesome album?