Review By: Stephanie Crail
Release Date: 03/01/15
Rating: [usr 8.5]
Silversyde, a Christian hard rock band from Toledo, Ohio, inspires and thrills with their compelling new EP, Casting Shadows. The lyrical depth is quite stirring, and these songs spur listeners to action, as well as offer hope in a dark world.
The very first note of the intro captivates the listeners’ attention, drawing them in for the ride ahead. The intro creates an air of mystery, building a sense of anticipation for what is next. Moments later, listeners are hit with a crunchy guitar riff. “Closer” is a reaction to the actions and words of a bully. Through Laura’s gritty vocals, you can hear the pain caused by cruel words, yet also a resolve and determination to rise above the hurt and to forgive.
The aggressive and energetic guitar and drums at the beginning of “Anthem” establishes a sense of urgency. This song is an electric battle cry, emboldening believers to move beyond their fears and hurts and past mistakes and let the light of hope shine through their lives. “Memories of You” opens with a somber and pensive piano solo, the melancholy vocals entering a moment later. This song speaks of losing a loved one to suicide, a heartfelt plea begging them not to go and expressing the love felt for this person.
“Rescue Me” tells the story of loss, and lead singer Laura’s journey after the passing of her mother. The music paints a picture of sadness. The song starts out rather sorrowfully, with a voicemail left by Laura’s mother set against a backdrop of rain and thunder. Throughout, the soaring, sweeping guitars weave a thread of hope amidst the sadness, reminding us that God is always with us, even in difficult times.
The EP closes out with the title track, ending the record on a high note. Strings blend with the guitars, adding a nice, if subtle, touch. This song is an encouragement to believers, reminding them of the light they have inside through the salvation of Jesus Christ, the light that has the power to light up even the darkest of places. Overall, this is a solid rock record that will encourage believers and strengthen their faith.