Violent Silence


Violent Silence - Kinetic ©2005 Progress Records
1. Morning Star
2. Kinetic
3. Torrential Rains
4. Night Lights
5. Sky Burial
6. Subzero
7. Quiet Stalker
8. Homesick

At heart I feel I'm a peaceful, serene person who holds nary a grudge. Except one. Seventies prog rock has inflicted more pain and trauma on my ears than nearly any other deviation of the rock music format. What troubles me more is that nearly thirty years past the fact, bands still allow themselves to be far too influenced by prog. Case in point is Violent Silence.

In a brief summary, Violent Silence sounds like the abused stepchild of Emerson, Lake and Palmer with hints of early 70s Genesis (mostly in occasional keyboard progressions and it's just a subtle hint, so don't be emailing me to tell me how Peter Gabriel was some top notch artiste who pushed that goddamned envelope, nevermind Alice Cooper). Their singer has a fairly flat voice that is overshadowed by the abilities of his bandmates. The music revolves around far too many circular, scaling keyboard twiddlings. The songwriting is thoroughly lacking character or identity. The bassist and drummer are top notch and at least create a very solid rhythm section. The guitarist left absolutely no impression on me. Perhaps they hired a spectre.

There's really not much more to say about this band. If you like InsideOut Music's roster so much that you need to dip into the minor leagues, Violent Silence might be worth checking out. If you require more than showy musicianship and oodles of talent wading through a morass of no songs, it's probably best to move on to the next album on the rack.

Review by John Chedsey

Review date: 06/2006

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