Words: Craig Hartranft
It's been six years since the last Section A album. But that's not to say that founder, composer, guitarist, and producer Torben Enevoldsen hasn't been busy. He's done a Journey tribute album with Rob Moratti, and albums with his other bands/projects, Acacia Avenue, Fatal Force, and Fate. He even found time to do another instrumental album in 2013.
So, what's to be said about the latest Section A album, Wall Of Silence? First, there's a completely new lineup. Besides Enevoldsen on guitars, he has a new vocalist in Nicklas Sonne (Malrun, Defecto) and a new, yet familiar, drummer Dennis Hansen (Acacia Avenue, Fatal Force). Keyboard solos are provided by Julien Spreutels (Ethernity, Epysode).
After this, the songs are basically a platform and vehicle for Enevoldsen's impressive guitar work. Whether by riffage or sizzling leads solos, he doesn't disappoint. As for the nature of his heavy metal, it's probably best to characterize the song arrangements as heavier progressive metal. While not overly technical, there are the usual suspects, changes in tempo and time signatures. You know, the usual prog wonkery. When All Is Falling, Bleeding Chains, and Wall Of Silence are some of the better examples. Besides being notably heavy in the riffage, I could describe the music of Wall Of Silence as dark and somber, even plodding at times. Mostly the latter plodding pace is juxtaposed with power metal as within When All Is Falling, by example. But there is a glimmer of liveliness in No Tomorrow, a song with fine guitar harmony and a rapid rock groove. A very catchy tune. Finally, while Sonne is an adequate metal singer, I tired of him quickly, especially when went screamo at times.
As for my conclusion, while you can't knock the musicianship, notably Enevoldsen's composition and guitar fury, excepting the accessibiility of No Tomorrow and the prog of Bleeding Chains, nothing else really grabbed my attention. In other words, I can't find a reason to give the album a third spin or keep it in regular rotation. Perhaps you'll feel differently.
As for Section A's Wall Of Silence, while you can't knock the musicianship, notably Torben Enevoldsen's song composition and guitar fury, excepting the accessibiility of No Tomorrow and the prog of Bleeding Chains, nothing else really grabbed my attention. In other words, I can't find a reason to give the album a third spin.
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