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Amaranth : I Have The Right To Remain Silent

Amaranth plays Melodic Doom Metal that is bound to please those who appreciate the early works of The 3rd and the Mortal.

Amaranth is a little-known band from Serbia that hasn’t gained much attention, despite being together for fourteen years now. This doesn’t come as much of a shock to me, seeing as how the music they play has never been popular, even within the Doom Metal underground. What Amaranth plays wouldn’t really be considered ‘true Doom Metal’ to many, and in a lot of ways, may not even be considered Metal to some. However, Metal or not, I Have the Right to Remain Silent makes for a very pleasant listen and shows much potential.

Amaranth plays Melodic Doom Metal that is bound to please those who appreciate the early works of The 3rd and the Mortal, as well as Anathema and Saturnus. The music is driven by beautiful acoustic guitars and ambient keyboard sections, to which fuzzy riffs float in to provide harmony. The distorted guitars are rarely predominant, and probably won’t sound heavy enough to satisfy most Doom fans, but do a decent job of complimenting the acoustic guitars and putting emphasis on the gloomy mood of each song. The pace sticks to moderate slowness, with a few odd Progressive moments to avoid becoming too repetitive. One element that I especially enjoy about the band is their use of clean vocals exclusively. The vocals consist of some very sad male singing, which becomes a bit out of key and whiny at times, but remains fairly strong for the most part. Had the band have incorporated harsh vocals, they would have disturbed the ethereal nature of the music, which seems to be common in many bands that play Melodic Doom. Overall, the combination of this gentle voice with the acoustic guitars will probably remind a few of The Fall of Every Season’s calmed moments, yet Amaranth manages to retain individuality and never sounds too much like any other band. The final addition to Amaranth’s celestial tunes is the presence of quiet synth melodies, which bring an Ambient feel to the mix of Acoustic and Doom Metal.

H Since it is inevitable that many will confuse the band for the more well-known Amaranthe, I don’t expect Amaranth to gain much popularity any time soon. On top of the fact that this will probably not be heavy or abrasive enough to entertain those who are looking for something downtuned and crushing, the primitive sound quality of the EP will likely be a turn off to quite a few listeners. However, for those who enjoy very atmospheric and light Doom Metal such as Lethian Dreams and The Foreshadowing, I Have the Right to Remain Silent may very well appeal to you.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Silent
2. Spleen
3. Živite li?
4. Silent (Radio Edit)

Duration : Approx. 36 minutes

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Reviewed on 2013-05-06 by Dante DuVall
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