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Sounds | Silent Skies - The Trooper (cover, ft. Tom S. Englund + Vikram Shankar)

Eentje die eigenlijk in mijn reeks 'eigenzinnige covers' (vorige week) had gepast. Je moet het maar doen, zo'n klassieker willen coveren. De heren hebben zo hun redenen (zie onder) en doen dat verdomme goed. Het arrangement met de piano als lead is prachtig. De zanglijnen blijven qua ritmiek misschien net iets te dicht bij het origineel, maar dat is detailkritiek. Benieuwd of diehard Maiden fans dit beamen of tegenspreken.

Dormant verschijnt op 1 september via Napalm Records.

Luister ook naar: The Trooper (origineel)



Silent Skies on “The Trooper”: “When you work on a world-class song like ‘The Trooper’, you approach it with the utmost respect, eager to honor its essence and craftsmanship. Everyone who hears it recognizes its iconic lyrics and knows that it has stood the test of time - it's a true classic. As for us, we never quite reflected deeply on the song's severe lyrics, instead focusing on its raw energy. However, given the current state of the world, we cannot ignore how poignant and relevant its words have become. It's disheartening to acknowledge that they are more pertinent now than ever before. Nonetheless... We’ve poured our hearts into this song, with the hope of honoring its message and evoking a different emotional response from listeners than the original. As we embarked on the remaking process, we couldn't help but again be moved by the lyrics and their stark reminder of the horrors of war. The thought of those in the world who cannot feel safe, who have lost loved ones, and who have no certainty about their future, weighs heavily on our minds. We have strived to infuse our rendition of "The Trooper" with the same intensity and passion as the original, while also recognizing and honoring its powerful message.”

Whenever Evergrey's Tom S. Englund and acclaimed US-based pianist/composer Vikram Shankar (Redemption, Lux Terminus) come together to merge their creativity, the result is magical. Now arrives the next product of this fateful encounter, as the Swedish-American cinematic-pop duo releases its third album, Dormant, on September 1, 2023 via Napalm Records. Continuing on the atmospheric path of Scandinavian melancholy charted on their previous full-lengths, Nectar (2022) and Satellites (2020), Dormant, the new brainchild of Englund and Shankar, features stunning piano melodies, atmospheric keyboards, lush and expansive soundscapes, and hauntingly beautiful and intense vocals.

Silent Skies’ third offering is melancholic and calming, yet effervescent and incandescent, expanding the duo’s sonic universe in every direction - it is the result of brave sonic experimentation married to the tastefully artistic aesthetic that defines the group. Throughout the varied peaks and valleys of their compositions, it is their powers of expression, and reflection on the human experience - in their own words, “conversations with life, about life” - that give their music the power to speak to a vast array of lived experiences, and reach people with diverse tastes, as long as they are interested in appreciating art as a reflection of life itself.


This journey has only just begun. Let’s awaken together.

Tom & Vikram”


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