Dead Silent Slumber - _Entombed in the Midnight Hour_
(Hammerheart, 1999)
by: Adrian Bromley (7.5 out of 10)
Naglfar singer Jens Ryden has ventured out from the vicious onslaught of Naglfar to a much more sonic-pleasing solo project called Dead Silent Slumber. The music of DSS is a mixture of melody, keyboards, razor-sharp guitar work and equally powerful vocals. This is a one-man show worth of noting, as it doesn't come across as too pompous or too sissy-like. DSS's debut release shines with brilliance and dedication. On top of the exceptional solo work assembling the music here, the production on _EitMH_ is to die for. The vocals never falter and the keyboard work that lines each song sounds so blissful. My only problem with DSS on this release (though numbers like "In the Glare of the Moon" and "Smell the Incense" kick ass) is the very similar sound running throughout the disc. Variety is achieved here, but not enough, even though Ryden does his best to alter vocals throughout. Still worthy of blasting from your boombox.

(article published 15/1/2000)


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