"Remotecontrolled Scythe" (WW III; 2001)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Hailing from the wintry hillsides of Finland comes Enter My Silence into an already crowded field of contestants in the melodic death metal genre. Now, this is not to say Enter My Silence aren't worth listening to - they are. Continue on with me, good reader.

Enter My Silence are certainly capable of playing high energy melodic metal - for that alone they get three chainsaws. What gives them the extra half chainsaw is the convincing manner in which they assault the genre's best elements. Enter My Silence's aggression is neither too chaotic nor too regimented - but it is 'controlled' to the point where the tightly wrapped riffs and constant tug of war of sonic density provides plenty of tension and release.

"Remotecontrolled Scythe" has nine concise and blistering tracks that clock in at a brisk 35 minutes. There's nary a wasted moment as the song structures never rely on extended musical passages to get their point across. Solid riffs and sharp arrangements give the band's songs plenty of momentum and pizzazz. "Six.Nothing" and "Articulate" are two highlights that I immediately ripped to mp3 format and listen to quite often while doing little errands about the house. "Filter X" has an interesting sequence of riffs that complement each other quite well. The rhythm and lead guitar interplay on "Loss Of The Leading One" is fresh and exciting.

Fans of Gardenian, Dark Tranquillity, In Flames, and Lothlorien will appreciate what Enter My Silence have to offer. Fans of Gardenian are most apt to like the Enter My Silence sound and style especially in the lead vocal department as Mikko Kotamaki growls eerily like Jim Kjell. However, I must state that if you've already grown tired of the "Gothenburg" sound or the melodic death metal genre in general you may not be able to tolerate "Remotecontrolled Scythe."

Enter My Silence is Mikko Kotamaki on vocals, Tuomas Jappinen and Arto Huttunen on guitars, Ville Lapio on bass, and Teemu Hokkanen on drums.

For more information visit www.entermysilence.com.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.


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