When Nothing Remains - _Thy Dark Serenity_
(Solitude Productions, 2013)
by: Chaim Drishner (2 out of 10)
A pale Swallow the Sun clone, composing weak and unchallenging tunes that are both uninspired and uninspiring, going through the same routine and exhibiting not a single positive attribute nor any sense of individuality; this album is the opposite of singularity.

Romantic, inoffensive, sluggish, devoid of dynamics or punchy edge, _Thy Dark Serenity_ is the product of lazy minds walking the line on the safe side of things, investing neither in creative musical material nor in individualistic self-awareness.

Strewn are some exceptional moments, like the mid-section of "She Died in Autumns Rain" with its excellent rhythm guitar assault, but other than here and there, this is ultimately a desert of creativity, if there ever was one.

The sum of the album is nothing too horrible music-wise -- the melodies are there and so is the playing ability -- but being a living monument to all that is cliché, this fact alone places this album on the lowest notch of the musical food chain.

Contact: http://whennothingremains.bandcamp.com/

(article published 2/3/2014)

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