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Death - Pierce Me - Silencer

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Genre: Pop / Artist: Silencer / Audio CD released 2001-12-10 at Prophecy

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      24.05.2010 16:37
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      Quality deranged black metal in the Bethlehem vein, with off-the-scale screamed vocals

      Silencer are a now-disbanded Swedish suicidal black metal band who released a single album back in 2001 before breaking up due to vocalist Nattramn being commited to a mental institution, where if rumors are true, he remains to this day. The music is dynamic and unsurprisingly very depressive, recalling in particular early Shining and Dictius Te Necare/ S.U.I.Z.I.D-era Bethlehem (eg on 'Sterile Nails and Thunderbowls') with manic razor-sharp riffs jostling for space alongside morbid tremeolo riffing, mournful clean guitar parts/pianos, crunchy doomy sections and demented, galloping drums.

      The vocals are a mix of those by Silencer's Kvarforth and the deranged screams/wails of ex Bethlehem vocalist Rainer Landfermann, but whereas Landfermann's vocals straddled the genuinely disturbing and the maniacally comical brilliantly, Nattaramn's vocals push the envelope even further, meaning that his interjections frequently resemble somebody strangling a cat. One thing that can be said about them however is that they are without doubt the product of a geninely unhinged mind, and whilst often comical they are nevertheless intriguing and in keeping with the dark schizophrenic atmosphere of the music. Essentially 'Death Pierce Me' combines black and roll sensibilities with a delightfully deranged atmosphere that will appeal to fans of Bethlehem, combining this with the depressive and dynamic black metal stylings of French bands Mourning Dawn (on the title track in particular) and Mutiilation as well.

      Like the music itself artwork is an intriguing mix of the comical and the disturbing: the inner sleeve shows Nattramn sat up in bed wearing a bizarre death-mask and with his hands replaced by pigs trotters, whilst the tracks are partitioned into 'Side: Kill' and 'Side: Yourself' despite being on a cd format. A number of the albums tracks are also up on youtube accompanied by scenes from the equally morbid and disturbing black and white arthouse film Begotten, whose visuals suit Silencer's music perfectly.

      The vocals may well act as a stumbling block when initially listening to this album (even if Bethlehem/Anaal Nathrakh style agonised screams are your bag) but ultimately they have grown on me, both complementing the music and giving the album a unique atmosphere, whilst the songwriting itself excellent, with the tracks on 'Death Pierce Me' making for some of the best depressive black metal out there.

      Tracklisting-

      1. Death - Pierce Me 10:33
      2. Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels 06:19
      3. Taklamakan 08:35
      4. The Slow Kill in the Cold 11:37
      5. I Shall Lead, You Shall Follow 08:50
      6. Feeble Are You - Sons of Sion 03:03
      Total playing time 48:57

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