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More fine symphonic metal - but no progress,
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This review is from: The Heart Of Everything (Audio CD)WT made huge strides between the release of Mother Earth and their previous album The Silent Force but The Heart of Everything sees them settle into a pleasant but disappointing sonic groove.
The sound is big and bombastic with crunching guitars counter pointed by Sharon's sweet vocals and overlayed with sweeping strings.
The album opens with a decent if typical rocker in The Howling before presenting the rather too obviously MTV destined What Have You Done which features a male counterpoint singer Keith Caputo. It's not a bad song at all but is just a little bit too reminiscent of Evanessence style on Bring Me to Life and WT are a better band than that.
Of the later songs far too many of them sound alike within only a couple of tracks that stand out.
Our Solemn Hour provides something, if not exactly different, at least appropriate where the song and the delivery tie up with the strong chorus that makes you want to sing along.
The Cross sees Sharon stretch her voice a little and deliver something with a bit more emotional resonance than she delivers on the majority of the tracks.
The Truth Beneath the Rose is the best of the straight up 'operatic' opuses but like the majority of tracks is constrained by a fairly one-dimensional emotional range.
Taken as individual tracks there are some very good songs, but when digested as a whole it is like a meal entirely of marshmallows: Too sweet, too big and ultimately unsatisfying.
I love The Silent Force, but I just don't need another album that sounds the same.