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Album Review

Silentist – “Silentist” – [Celestial Gang]

lombard   6/9/2009   12-inch, A Library

Wow. This Silentist LP (recorded in 2007) is definitely a gateway drug to metal for non-metal enthusiasts. It’s a project out of Portland, Oregon, featuring M. Evan Burden and August Alston.

The LP begins with some lovely classical-style acoustic piano that gets heavier and heavier, as each track progresses. Screams come in almost immediately, but the piano continues to pound relentlessly as drums and crashing cymbals punctuate the whole affair. The B-side actually begins with a 49 second quiet classical piano piece. The next track (“Bars”) starts out with jazzier piano, then screams. High drama is balanced by the beauty of the piano. This is a really compelling release that’s perfect for KFJC.

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