Review by Maria Glover for MPM
Almost 10 years since formation, Norway’s Haunted by Silhouettes released their latest EP ‘No Man Isle’ through Eclipse Records in May this year. It’s a short sharp, slice of deadly melodic death metal that will seep into your brain.
Opening snippet ‘Departure’ is an intriguing 25 seconds countdown with what feels like a chopper waiting to take flight. Then ‘Flock’ leaps out at you; a paradox of snarling, angry barks and beautific musical backdrop. There’s a strong synth ambiance to their sound and hard-hitting, in fact pure brutal, drums that hook you in.
Throughout ‘Icon’ clean and clear synth underpins venom, periods of calm interspersed with fury, and a hell of a catchy beat. I want to sing along but I’m afraid for my throat if I try to replicate the wrath.
‘Selkie’ is a phenomenal track, contemporary and addicting. The first few notes sound like Euro Pop but don’t be fooled. It’s quickly in with the visceral angry vocals peppered with the melodic voice of guest Bjorn Strid.
The contrast of the vocals may open the band up to new audiences, the heavy and lighter toned blending wonderfully, and all this makes for a masterful and impressive song.
Title track ‘No Man Isle’ closes the EP in style with a more Nordic and folk influence, again merged with melancholic and grimacing roars from Mathais.
This is not an EP to take lightly. Although not entirely my genre I enjoyed every minute and was fascinated throughout. Perhaps unsurprising given their length of time in the industry, this is a considerable and quality EP though a little shorter than I’d hoped. It’s unpredictable, complex and gets better with every play
Standout track – Selkie