WORDS OF FAREWELL – A Quiet World
A German melodic death sextet, Words of Farewell embrace a progressive and often modern context on their third album "A Quiet World". These nine tracks push parameters of groove and keyboards against the conventional higher guitar melodies and fierce growls/screams – encompassing everything from conventional Gothenburg influences to possibly a bit of that American stomp. As such, you aren’t surprised when a fluid arpeggio-laden keyboard solo enters the fold right away on opener "My Share of Loneliness", or a tribal trip up against ethereal underpinnings for the follow up "Gaia Demise".
The guitar framework allows for many counterpoint rhythm points against the conventional harmonies – check out "Zero Temperance" as the airy, echoing passages shift back and forth while the heavier back bone stirs the blood for the next aural advance. Ending on an epic note with the 10:45 "This Shadow My Likeness", the tranquil beginning gives in to an alluring twin guitar sequence – Alexander Otto portraying the narrative in sequence to the broader arrangement and marching strains on display. Hopefully a sign that Words of Farewell may explore this dynamic on future recordings, as it sets the ears abuzz for a concluding track.
"A Quiet World" could be the best Words of Farewell album to date. Promising for a healthy future, indeed.