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Silence No More in the Age of Outspokenness

Metal Masterpiece in the Works

As people are discussing the possibility of civil war in between the impending division throughout our country, the issue of standing up for what is right and advocating for yourself frequently comes up.  Silence No More is band that believes in standing up for what you believe in the Age of Outspokenness. Hence their name.

Upon first listening to Silence No More, a Delaware based band, they gave me a first impression that they were a very well rounded, heavy metal band and that they use some powerful imagery in their lyrics. “Fly on the Wall” from their forthcoming album While We Were Sleeping has references to the crucifixion, and has all the drama that only heavy metal could deliver with themes and motifs resurrected from The Passion of the Christ. It asks the old question, “if you choose not to intervene to help someone else when you are able to, are you guilty?”

The song is about the human condition, and how many make the decision not to speak up. The character of Pontius Pilate has become a universal symbol to represent those who throw others under the bus. Part of the message of the song is that if you that you have faith but turn your head away when it’s time to act on that faith you have “wasted your time.” The song isn’t necessarily religious – Silence No More isn’t a straight edge Christian band as their vocalist and lead guitarist Jason Bennett explained, “it’s all allegory” and their lyrics are “open to interpretation.” Silence No More write metaphorically about politics and religion and are able to bring there point across in a artistic way that isn’t preachy. They consider themselves heavy melodic rock.

Aside from its strong crucifixion imagery “Fly on the Wall” has some stunning work from the band which has Sean Cummins on guitar, Chris Carroll on  bass and Eric Kelley on drums. This is the line up for their first full length album While We Were Sleeping.  “Fly on the Wall” has some dramatic guitar work especially during the bridge. They can shift back and forth in styles often in one song. They seem to cover the spectrum of heavy metal from trash to Seattle grunge with some Beastie Boys sprinkled in.

To sum up what Silence No More is about you could say they are about brotherhood, community and self advocacy. The band values their audience, many of which come to see them over and over again because these guys are real. Bennett is a United States military veteran and his experiences in the service must have helped shape his writing and his sense of values. The rest on the band is like minded; people come first; stick by family and friends.

“Devil’s Augmentation”, from their previous EP Break the Silence, is similar to “Fly on the Wall” in that both songs are written from points of view and speaks in allegory. “Devil’s Augmentation” is about conspiracy theories and how leaders sell their soul for power. The government is no different than the mob, and secret societies, such as the Illuminati, have control over everything. A cryptic dramatization “Devil’s Augmentation” is as good as it gets, and “Fly on the Wall” have the same kind of nihilism as Megadeath’s “Symphony of Destruction”.

“I Am Me” is a track that is a little bit different than the cuts mentioned above. It is a heavy ballad more from the school of grunge and Chris Cornell. The song is about bullying, an issue that is close to the band’s heart – bullying in the workplace and in every adult institution – is a very real problem that is more prevalent the you would think. The song is about having self assurance and confidence in spite of opposition. Here is a quote from “I Am Me”: “Every word you say is misery”, this is Silence No More’s rebuke to the toxic naysayer.  This track stands out with its belting vocals. It’s very well done, certain syllables explode intentionally to add emphasis. It’s an emotional cut and that has dynamics between “soft” and melancholy sections juxtaposed to the hard edge sections which it builds up to. The band gets a big sound for a small group.

Most of what I got to listen to from Silence No More I heard on their ReverbNation. I haven’t heard most of the new tracks from While We Were Sleeping, their album in progress. The majority of what I listened to was from their EP Break the Silence which I highly recommend. “Devil’s Augmentation” and “I Am Me”, which I previously mentioned, are on the release. “Cold”, “Beautiful Mistake”, “Growing Stronger”, and “Capsided” as are some more notable tracks from the EP.

Silence No More is a live band. They even design their own light shows. The band members have come up with many of the concepts for their live performances.

“I believe that when you go to a rock show you should be entertained by the music as well as the energy and visual. So between the booking, touring, writing and recording we also build our stage show for example on our last tour we build 2 giant TVs putting one on each side of the stage which use projector screens to make the tv props look real and work showing images and videos, as well as acting as a shadow box,” explained Bennett.  There is a video of the light show with the screens Silence No More designed when they had special guests Chad Szeliga, former drummer of Breaking Benjamin, Black Label, and Scott Stapp. That show featured a medley of covers and Silence No Mores stagecraft.

Silence No More has been in the studio for the last two years working on While We Were Sleeping and plan to go on the road again in October. Soon we will hear the fruit of their labor, a metal masterpiece in the making. I’m anticipating the release of their new material. Keep an eye out for these guys, they are doing some good stuff.

Brooklyn native, Frederick Gubitosi, is a musician, artist, songwriter, and music journalist. Alumnus of Pratt Institute and Brooklyn College, the former teacher writes as an insider to world of music and the humanities. In the '90s he had two solo painting exhibits in NYC and was involved in a performance art group which merged live music, improv theater and multimedia. In 1995 he participated in Philadelphia's first performance of John Zorn's "Cobra" as a musician. In 2005 he wrote, directed, and created the musical score for his comic play, "Love, the Happy Disease." He now participates in events for Brooklyn's Creators Collective making improvised music for modern dancers.

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