When I listened to this album for the first time, I felt a similar emotion as when I heard those old seven inches for the first time. I think it's a sort of joyous nostalgia, created by light-hearted catchy melodies and beautiful female vocals. Of course, Embassy Of Silence is no newcomer. Ines Lukkanen was a guest vocalist on the 2007 album of Tero Kalliomäki's band, Saattue. Back then, the foundations for this new projects were laid as they decided to focus on emotional and atmospheric rock music. A number of releases and gigs followed, and they wrote the anthem for the Women’s American Football World Championship in 2013.
The album opens a bit strange in 'Shame, Spin & Click' with vocals harmonies which make me raise a first eyebrow. However, when the song suddenly kicks in, I was immediately trapped in this catchy, blissful atmosphere. This could indeed be a hard rock cover for an Abba song, for it contains the same level playfulness (even including a jazzy passage). This is 'smiling music', indeed putting a grin of approval on my face. But, if you really want, you can have an amazing time headbanging or dancing to this. Both are possible (but don't do both at the same time because that looks weird).
'Timble' already is one of the so-called 'ballads' on this album, including both calm, slow passages and heavy bursts of solid rock. It proves that we're dealing with highly talented and experienced songwriters with an obvious flair for a positive vibe. Up until now, I've been pleasantly surprised by this music, but little did I know that a few 'wow-moments' would definitely throw this album on the pile of 2015-favorites. Suddenly there's 'Absurdoscope', a strong rock song with great vocals.
Here it happened: the vocals in the verses of this song have an amazingly high Anneke Van Giersbergen character which made my heart jump with joy. Anneke Van Giersbergen is my all-time favorite vocalist in the history of female fronted metal, not only because of the voice itself but also because of the unique and genius vocal lines and melodies. Ines effortlessly repeats that brilliance, truly enhancing the quality of the music. She also does other things, at times even having a bit of Diamanda Galas or Siouxsie Sioux capacity.
Yet, let's not forget about the other musicians. I don't want them to have to hide away behind the vocalist because they are as qualified and versatile as she is. They switch between hard rock, gothic metal, acoustic pop and power metal without losing a beat. 'Moths' even throws a bit of country music into the mix. Besides that it's once again a very decent powerpop song that surely could become a hit single one day. 'Hang Me High' in its turns, reminds me of some epic progressive metal bands like Symphony X or Dream Theater.
So yes, if you are into female fronted metal, you should get your hands on a copy of this album. This is high quality progressive rock music, taking me back to the glorious days of gothic metal as well as reminding me of a time when pop music was more 'music' than 'pop'. It's this combination that makes 'Verisimilitude' a unique and amazing experience in the modern day metal world.