Genre/Influences: Industrial-metal, crossover.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: The title of the Italian combo The Silverblack is clearly inspired by the Holy Bible. “Prototype 6:17” is the band’s fourth official album and the second one released on darkTunes.
Content: This band clearly knows the receipt to mix metal- and industrial music together. The electronic structures are mixed with furious guitar riffs creating a rather melodic, but heavy and doom-like sound universe. The production of the vocals sounds pretty metal-minded as well, most of the parts being rather shouted than sung. You also will notice female backings. This band seems to have found its inspiration in the work of Combichrist and related formations.
+ + + : Is this metal music for electro-lovers or a way for metal addicts to get more familiar with electronics? The answer is probably somewhere in between, but The Silverblack perfectly knows to join both influences together. Industrial-metal simply is the offspring between both styles and this is a talented band in the genre. The main strength of the work emerges from the carrying choruses revealing great melody lines. The guitar play gets the work hard and powerful. The last song is an instrumental piece, which also is my favorite one.
– – – : This kind of production however remains a challenge; too metal-like for electro heads and too electronic for metal purists!
Conclusion: The title of the album might have a biblical connection; the content definitely sounds as a demonic expression!
Best songs: “Revelation 6:17”, “Insurrection”, “The Ghostwalker”.