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TRUTH INSIDE THE SHADES

Persefone

Tech/Extreme Prog Metal


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3.17 | 15 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. My Unwithered Shrine (1.37)
2. The Whisper of Men (5.08)
3. Truth Inside the Shades (10.53)
4. Niflheim (The Eyes that Hold the Edge) (8.04)
5. Atemporal Divinity (9.52)
6. The Demise of Oblivion (8.06) :
- Part I: At the Boundaries of the Perpetuity
- Part II: The Last Wish of a Tear in Silence

Total Time: 43.43

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Line-up / Musicians

- Carlos Lozano "Rüdiger" / vocals, guitar
- Jordi Gorgues "Alden" / guitar
- Miguel Espinosa "Iawr" / keyboards, vocals
- Toni Mestre "Fragment Of Silence" / bass
- Xavi Pérez "Lord Mortem" / drums
- Aleix Dorca / drums, co-producer & mixing

Releases information

Artwork: Daniel Gil

CD Adipocere Records ‎- CDAR090 (2004, France)
CD Soundholic (2004) (Japan)
CD Maximum (2004) (Russia and Baltic States)

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PERSEFONE Truth Inside The Shades ratings distribution


3.17
(15 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
20%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(27%)
27%
Good, but non-essential (47%)
47%
Collectors/fans only (7%)
7%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Truth Inside the Shades is the debut full-length studio album by Andora based progressive extreme metal act Persefone. The album was released in December 2004.

The music on the album is a combination of genres like progressive metal, melodic death metal, melodic black metal and power metal. I´ve chosen to label the music progressive extreme metal as none of the tags above really explain how the music sounds. Acts like Dream Theater, Symphony X, Opeth and Edge of Sanity are obvious references if you ask me, but Persefone are not content with sounding like a clone. They mix different ideas and styles into a sound of their own. The vocals are mostly raspy but occasional growls and clean vocal parts appear too. The keyboards/ synths are very high in the mix and the music is generally very synth heavy. We´re treated with tempo and time signature changes, dual guitar and keyboard runs and high standard musicianship. The production is not that good though and while I find the sound tolerable, the production pose a problem for me. The sound is kind of disjointed and the different instruments sound disconnected in the soundscape.

Truth Inside the Shades is a very interesting debut album by Persefone. Especially the production pose a problem though but I still find the album recommendable for fans of the above mentioned acts. 3 stars are deserved.

Review by Conor Fynes
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars 'Truth Inside The Shades' - Persefone (6/10)

Before developing onward to the potent progressive death metal of their magnum opus 'Core', Andorran metal act Persefone was something fairly different. Something I have liked about this band is their ability to switch up their sound with each album, and on 'Truth Inside The Shades', their sound falls within the realm of keyboard-dense extreme gothic metal. Although the band's technical strength and flair for the dramatic is here early on, Persefone would not visibly reach their potential until a couple of years later.

The sound here is composed of blistering guitar licks rolling drumbeats, symphonic keyboards and raspy growls. The song 'The Whisper Of Men' aptly describes the direction the band takes here. Galloping riffs and heaviness abound for much of the song, but there is always room made for a few acoustic respites, in which some clean vocals take a showcase. For all intents and purposes, the sound is quite powerful, if perhaps a little unoriginal. However, while Persefone will certainly draw comparisons for the likes of a great many symphonic metal bands, their complex and energetic approach is laudable.

Where the sound of Persefone starts to grow weak is in the band's unabating focus on keyboards. Although keyboards are a staple for virtually all symphonic or progressive metal bands, the sheer amount of weight the keyboards have in the mixing here makes the music here sound somewhat cheesy, made no better by the fact that the keyboard tones are fairly weak. That being said, the musical skills of keyboardist Miguel Espinoza are not in question, but there is the sense even a minute into the second track that Persefone could have done alot better with a more guitar-centered sound.

'Truth Inside The Shades' is my least favourite of the works that Persefone has released, but that is no shame to them; they would only improve from here on, and later release 'Core', a truly excellent album of progressive death metal. For the sake of the band's debut however, 'Truth Inside The Shades' has some great moments, but the effect gets lost in the cheese.

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