The way the music in “A Silent Arc” starts off, it feels like I am in the turmoil of the ocean, getting thrown around with the currents and waves, taking a quick breath before the next wave pushes me under.
And in the lyrics Tom Englund is using the ocean as an analogy for the breakdown of his marriage.
In the first chorus he mentions how their Heaven is dead and how they have been adrift for years.
But in the middle section, he’s seeing all the years of drifting come to an end.
And it’s all backed up by music which echoes the chaos and turmoil and calmness of the ocean, in the same way chaos and turmoil and calmness happen in our lives.
In “Weightless”, Englund looks back and reassesses his past.
I can’t help to think that we got lost because of me
Can’t help to feel that I brought on this travesty
Been lost so long that lost is the only thing I’ve ever known
Can’t help to feel that I’m alone
It’s real and heartfelt and anyone who has been in a relationship knows how easy it is to tear it apart so quickly.
And sometimes it’s nothing big that breaks people up, it’s just the different paths you started a few years ago end up being too far apart to reconnect.
And in the chorus, the ocean analogy is there again.
I’m weightless in the water
Surrounded by the deep
How fucking heavy is the intro to “All I Have”?
It’s all I have
It’s all I have
All I have
All I own that I can give to you
The emotion and agony in Englund’s voice hooks me in.
And that outro solo is excellent.
“A Secret Atlantis” is your typical Evergrey sound.
I stare the skies of abandoned hearts
Dare I break the wave will I be safe?
Our secret Atlantis
We were the only one who knew
what we were hiding
You from me and me from you
They both had in their minds a secret place to hide from each other. Sad and yet so powerful.
And I wanted to let you know
That I’m leaving to let this go
And the sky is painting my sorrow
The sky is painting my sorrow
Sometimes you need to let it go for the sanity of all involved. And it’s hard, it’s sad, especially when children are involved but if it didn’t happen, the relationship would just decay into something worse.
In “End Of Silence” the heaviness introduces the first three lines.
Adrift, the sleep made us liars
It kept us close and
convinced us we’d be fine
How many times after an argument, you go to bed together, sleep so close and yet so far away emotionally.
Our wishes similar but not the same
and with sunrise the reason came
And it’s the crux of every issue. When do you start to take care of you and put you first?
And that harmony lead from 3.15 brings all the emotions to the forefront.
At the Atlantic edge awaits the end of silence
Most people want to disappear when relationships breakdown. Because your partner was also friends with your friends and so forth. And people pick sides. And it sucks.
In “Currents”, Englund sees the water rise but he hopes the threat goes away so everything would stay the same.
Come save me from these waters
These waves too tall for me
They’ll bury me in silence
The currents forcing me to sea
How fucking good is this chorus?
It’s catchy and that keyboard riff under the vocal melody is addictive.
“Departure” is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
We were the reasons for us losing ground
We were the reasons for why the lights went out
We were the reasons for the years we had
And we were the reasons to why it had to end at last
A perfect summation of a relationship.
And the vocal melody when Englund sings, the struggling, the reaching, the searching for feeling, weren’t there no longer” is emotive and sad. Because relationship break downs are fucked.
And how cool is the riff and piano lines after the chorus. I had the guitar out ASAP.
And when those harmonies come in from about 4.28 it’s a fuck yeah moment.
It’s quality. It doesn’t have to be heavy and loud to sound heavy.
In “The Beacon”, Englund is looking for that light to point him into the direction of life again.
Conformed to comfort
Our sanctuary it was worth the unease
It offered shelter and at bay in silence
the spreading disease
It’s why so many stay together who shouldn’t. The comfort. It’s hard to escape what you know and head out into the unknown. But when you do head out, you need that beacon to get you back to civilization. Because it’s easy to get lost.
In “This Ocean”, Englund mentions how he cried this ocean.
I’ve cried this ocean
And the tears that I wept
Shadows the apparent horizon
I’ve cried this ocean
Tears are expected when something for so long breaks up.
And that section from about 2.50 minutes. It’s heavy, melodic and progressive.
Also in the chorus there is this guitar lead in there which is addictive.
And the song ends with a lot of evil intent.
For a band that has remained stable for three albums, Tom Englund, Henrik Danhage, Jonas Ekdahl, Rikard Zander and Johann Niemann have captured an excellent vibe here.
If you also want to read a cool interview with Tom Englund and Jonas Ekdahl, go over to the Man Of Much Metal website.
And here is a review I totally agree with, also from the same website.