SILENT LINE – Shattered Shores
Canadian melodic death metal with a lot of folk and symphonic elements to keep Silent Line very interesting as far as the dynamic levels for this third album "Shattered Shores". Thick riffing principles give way to subtle serene segments where the guitar hooks come into focus – almost as if Wintersun and In Flames would careen headlong into Ensiferum or possibly a Scandinavian black metal outfit.
It’s nice to hear the "Pinball Map" hook at a slightly stilted meter for "Erosion", while the growls of guitar Mike Burton are of a deeper Christian Alvestam (ex-Scar Symmetry, Solution .45) mold, keeping the proceedings to the underground as the riffs speed along and orchestration/folk moments give the ears the twists necessary for more intense listening sessions. Occasional riffs give off a modern/groove vibe (see "Summersong" 0:30-0:50 or 3:35-3:50 for opener "Frost of the Night"), but never veer too far into that metalcore tag.
10 songs in 54 minutes, Silent Line has a lot of talent going – it’s more a question of honing into a distinct style with purpose and stronger hooks that can carry through to songs. You can pull together the widest ingredients to make a versatile stew, but without one or two key components to hold everything in place, it’s all for naught. As such, there are plenty of people in the underground who won’t mind the genre blend and feel "Shattered Shores" hits the mark in the melodic death metal field.