Album Review: Silent Temple – Faery Revolution

Silent Temple - Faery Revolution

Silent Temple is a relatively new name on the US and worldwide progressive/folk rock scene. They have been around for a few years, and ever since then they five full-length albums. Their newest release is a full-length titled Faery Revolution. The six-piece based in Portland, OR is led by songwriter Amos Hart.

Silent Temple’s music blends elements of melancholy, the spirit of British folk, and US progressive rock. All of this is true; throughout this record there is surely an omnipresent feeling of melancholy, which is mostly carried by the vocal harmonies and a variety of acoustic-related stuff.

The most prominent instrument on this record is the acoustic guitar, shared between Hart and Rossi. The sound of guitar is well-rounded, the passages are melodic. The interplay between guitars, keyboards/piano and vocals is another highlight of Faery Revolution. The term “virtuosity” has been a synonym for progressive rock for a while, but this release is focus on melody over the technicality.

The craftsmanship and musicianship are top-notch. Starting from the openers “Fey Breeze” and “Hold On,” as Faery Revolution flows by, Silent Temple are even more prolific; they are like a flower that opens up slowly. Throughout of the album’s nine-track repertoire, you get epic arrangements brought to perfection. Faery Revolution intersperses beautifully articulated guitars with angular complexities that might fly over some heads – repeat listens are deserved. The songs are organised so intricately that all the nuances and difficulties that might have gone into recording such an extraordinary album are totally lost in its beauty.

To conclude, with Faery Revolution these guys hint that they have the knowledge and potential to make something good. At least, this record is far from being categorized as a “hobby album,” it surely needs to be listened and is not one of those “skip-over” releases. Give this album a chance and let the music speak to your heart, rather than your brain!

Faery Revolution is out now; get it from Bandcamp. For more info about Silent Temple visit their website.

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