3 Minute silence Review: HevyPetal

“…we believe at HevyPetal should be kept a eye on for future gigs and other opportunities to thank them for this miraculous album.”

Originating from the shores of Portugal, the band Scar For Life have recorded their third, 3 Minute Silence.

The first exposure to Scar For Life’s work dates back to 2008, when the release of their debut album gained positive acclaim. This acclaim continued with their second album It All Fades Away, which also lived up to the expectation of adoring fans.

Promoting their music by playing live gigs gave them the chance to broadcast their unique musicality, with Scars For Life opening for RAMP. The anticipation of their third album amongst the fan base is a cause for excitement. The opening song, Last Cow, consists of an alien like theme with a soothing guitar production played by Alexandre Santos on rhythm guitar, painting the atmosphere of being in the streets of Portugal itself. That is overpowered by the head banging dominance of Dinho’s ear-piercing and aggressive vocals that link in with harmony lead singer, Leonel Silva. This introduction to the album draws the attention of the listener, hypnotized by the blasting drums and air guitar worthy solos. These are present in nearly every song which showcases Santos tremendous talent, along with the ability to change the tone and presentation.

In comparison, the use of violins (contributed by Anne Vitorino d’Almeida) adds variety to the songs and therefore separates the band from most common rock / metal bands. It adds a sense of lightness compared to the screamo cries of Dinho. It makes the track One More Day delicate and can almost draw  a tear with the breath-taking playing that brings something different and unique to the band. The inclusion of the instrumental version of One More Day allows the song to be more memorable and to hear the use of the instruments by the musicians more clearly. The steady beat created by drummer João Colaço is kept under marvellous control. Despite being unable to hear the piano in tracks such as The Journey and Metabolic, within Old Man it entwines with Silva’s voice, expressing another variety of musicality in the album.

Finally, along with Anne Vitorino d’Almeida contributing with her astounding use of violin, the involvement of Kari Vähäkuopusin on Burn it All produces a mysterious and breath-taking tone. However, the involvement of Ged Rylands with his keyboard playing on Brave Enough is sadly overpowered by Dinho’s bawl and the mesmerising lead guitarist Sérgio Faria. But towards the end of this song, you hear the fantastic and fast keyboard action which only last a short amount of time, not giving the full presentation of the talent Rylands has. Overall, the participation of these non-members of the band shows how Scar For Life are enthusiastic to allocate the magnificence of others to their own outstanding song playing.

To conclude, the diversity of songs and composition work has allowed Scar For Life to stand out as a worthy band to pay attention to. 3 Minutes Silence really is something to take note of. Their mixture of ballads and forceful chorus’s is a brilliant step forward for the band, one which we believe at HevyPetal should be kept a eye on for future gigs and other opportunities to thank them for this miraculous album.