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Review: Silencer - Death Of Awe
Death Of Awe

Label: Mausoleum Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 37:48
Tracks: 11
Genre: Death/Thrash

Rating: 1.5/5

Review online: March 1, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Death Of Awe

Rated 1/5 (20%) (3 Votes)

This would be categorised as "thrash" if it wasn't "modern thrash" which I'd rather not add as an "official" genre here. "Modern thrash" incorporates some basic thrash elements but borrows quite a bit from metalcore and some mallcore, for a result that is quite unbearable and an insult to my ears. The vocals are annoying as fuck, the bastard child of whiny teenage angst-ridden mallcore vocalists and the worst metalcore ones, plus a hint of melodic death vocals (are you still following? :)) The music on the other hand is not as universally bad, which is the only reason the album doesn't get a lower rating (and that it is reviewed here to begin with.) While there's a lot of those unconvincing mallcore-ish guitar "riffs" (also known as "aborted attempt at aggressiveness"), there are still some good musical moments where the playing is actually enjoyable and doesn't sound like some fake gimmick - in other words the guys can play real metal, because there's quite a bit of it drowned in there, popping its head to the surface every so often. This is just proof that these guys could have come up with a real metal album rather than some metal mixed with the trend-of-the-month heavy sound. I know there's a market for this sound, and fans of "modern thrash" such as The Haunted, Darkane and other bands such as Messhugah (bleh) will probably find something to like here. My advice to fans of real metal is to spend their money on something else.

I was surprised to hear such material coming from Mausoleum Records, but fortunately other recent releases by the label are actually good (and unsurprisingly, not of that "genre"). You know an album is an aural annoyance when my cat leaves the room with a disgusted look while the album is playing. Frankly I was tempted to leave as well. Do I need to mention this album has just played in this house for the last time?

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