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Release date: 4 June 2012
Style: Atmospheric progressive metal

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01. Ever Closer
02. 17 Shades
03. Serenity
04. Beneath These Falling Leaves
05. Close To Me
06. Endless Sea
07. All The Pieces
08. Your Reward

Top 20 albums of 2012: 11

Review
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Line-up
Josh Burke - vocals, guitar
Nate Higgins - guitars
Niko Panagopoulos - drums
Dennis Davis - bass

Guest musicians
Jarek Tatarek - guitarviol


Additional info
Available for streaming on bandcamp for free.
Physical copies can be purchased from the official site.

This album was recorded between June 2011 and May 2012 at Fat Cat Recording Studios in Sacramento CA.

Staff review by
Ag Fox

Rating:
8.7
A Fair Dream Gone Mad is one heck of a progressive metal album, debut or not. Did that just get your attention? Not convinced? Well, you won't be expecting many of the clichés of this sub-genre here, nor references to Dream Theater, Riverside, Fates Warning and such.

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published 26.07.2012 | Comments (30)

Staff pick by
Nefarious

06.07.2012 Whoa! Where did this come from?!

What In The Silence have managed to achieve with this, their self-financed & independently released debut is nothing short of remarkable. The beautiful yet haunting atmosphere, intricate songwriting & talented musicianship displayed throughout this album will leave you spellbound. This may well just be one of the best debut albums of the year. A must for all fans of progressive metal.

Go check them out.

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DeadKing - 06.07.2012 at 12:48  
Rating: 10 This a really EPIC album! The Best Debut of the year!!!! Reminds me to Katatonia, Riverside, Opeth, etc. Hauntingly, beautiful music that touches your soul and expand your mind.
Mechaniacal - 07.07.2012 at 03:10  
Rating: 9 One of the best debut albums I've ever heard, and the best debut album of 2012. 'Beneath These Falling Leaves' is one of the best songs I've heard all year.
Delamortia - 07.07.2012 at 05:48  
Rating: 10 Interesting debut, I'm sure they have great potentials.
Dark Seraphim - 07.07.2012 at 13:54  
  I read this on the staff picks and it interested me enough to have a listen. Sounded really good so I ordered the album. Got an e-mail from them thanking me and saying mine was the first CD they have shipped to the UK. Was a nice personal touch and they also sent the lyrics in the e-mail since they aren't in the CD. Looking forward to this arriving. Thanks to Nefarious for bringing this to my attention.
Nefarious - 07.07.2012 at 14:24  
Rating: 9
Written by Dark Seraphim on 07.07.2012 at 13:54

I read this on the staff picks and it interested me enough to have a listen. Sounded really good so I ordered the album. Got an e-mail from them thanking me and saying mine was the first CD they have shipped to the UK. Was a nice personal touch and they also sent the lyrics in the e-mail since they aren't in the CD. Looking forward to this arriving. Thanks to Nefarious for bringing this to my attention.


You are welcome I'm glad others are checking them out & enjoying them as much as I did.

I got the same treatment when i ordered the CD as well. They wrote a nice email thinking me for buying the album & then asked a few questions about me & where i'm from as they guessed that from my name (Glenn) that i'm not a native of UAE It's nice to see a band genuinely interested & appreciative of their fans
JohnDoe - 07.07.2012 at 21:53  
  I've just finished listening to it, I loved it, a very good album indeed.
MechanisT - 09.07.2012 at 17:42  
  Intriguing. I'll pay them a visit soon.
Risto - 09.07.2012 at 20:15  
Rating: 8 There's three solid tracks on this one, but it's a bit hit-and-miss overall. And a word of warning to those who expect prog, I already disputed the genre tag elsewhere. Definitely atmospheric though - kind of like if Shinedown went less radio friendly.
Milena - 09.07.2012 at 21:05  
Rating: 8
Written by Risto on 09.07.2012 at 20:15

I already disputed the genre tag elsewhere.

Elsewhere = on my facebook wall
InnerSelf - 09.07.2012 at 23:14  
Rating: 8 I got a Junius vibe and I've just recently discovered Junius so this album was pleasant, dunno if it'll get any better with time but I'll enjoy it to the maximum while it lasts.
Dark Blood - 10.07.2012 at 04:20  
Rating: 8 Very interesting album judging from what I've heard of it. This might be something I'd want to have.

Is it just me that the album title reminds of "Last Fair Deal Gone Down" from Katatonia?
† RaVeN † - 11.07.2012 at 08:50  
 
Written by DeadKing on 06.07.2012 at 12:48

This a really EPIC album! The Best Debut of the year!!!! Reminds me to Katatonia, Riverside, Opeth, etc. Hauntingly, beautiful music that touches your soul and expand your mind.

I'm not sure i would compare them to Katatonia, Riverside or Opeth. Their music is quite different, more in the likes of Ghost Brigade etc. But for a debut album ,this is really good
DeadKing - 11.07.2012 at 18:15  
Rating: 10 And reminds me to Paradise Lost too LoL ! and I think is a really good debut too!
Fradd - 11.07.2012 at 18:23  
Rating: 9 Will check out soon.
InthesilenceJosh - 13.07.2012 at 06:26  
  Hey everyone, this is Josh from In the Silence. Thanks for all the kind words and for taking the time to give this a listen! And thanks again to Nefarious for the pick. As to whether we're prog or not, I don't know, we've never really set out to be. I don't even know if I would call us metal, but we certainly have our metal moments. I just write music, and it is what it is. We'll never be the gods of technicality...there's plenty of that out there. Opeth is one of my favorite bands, but I don't think we sound like them at all, and we aren't trying to, but if we remind you of them, cool! They rule! We're more going for a mood, or a feeling, and if people get that from our music then great. Katatonia is now one of my favorite bands...I got into them when i realized hey, they kinda sound like us! And to Blizk, I am now curious which three songs you felt were solid, and which ones were shit! Lol. Thanks again everyone.
-Josh
InnerSelf - 13.07.2012 at 15:43  
Rating: 8
Written by InthesilenceJosh on 13.07.2012 at 06:26

Hey everyone, this is Josh from In the Silence. Thanks for all the kind words and for taking the time to give this a listen! And thanks again to Nefarious for the pick. As to whether we're prog or not, I don't know, we've never really set out to be. I don't even know if I would call us metal, but we certainly have our metal moments. I just write music, and it is what it is. We'll never be the gods of technicality...there's plenty of that out there. Opeth is one of my favorite bands, but I don't think we sound like them at all, and we aren't trying to, but if we remind you of them, cool! They rule! We're more going for a mood, or a feeling, and if people get that from our music then great. Katatonia is now one of my favorite bands...I got into them when i realized hey, they kinda sound like us! And to Blizk, I am now curious which three songs you felt were solid, and which ones were shit! Lol. Thanks again everyone.
-Josh

Hey man, thanks for the great music
Personally I don't think you sound like Opeth at all but in terms of the general atmosphere and the way you're music makes me feel it certainly reminds me of Katatonia (which is always a good thing).
Risto - 13.07.2012 at 16:35  
Rating: 8
Written by InthesilenceJosh on 13.07.2012 at 06:26

And to Blizk, I am now curious which three songs you felt were solid, and which ones were shit! Lol.

Hey Josh,

Tracks 1, 4 and 8 are the ones ("Beneath These Falling Leaves" is actually something that can't be disliked, props for that). I wouldn't call the lesser tracks shit, just something that's unmemorable and heard many times before (apart some nice single riffs) "Endless Sea" in particular.
Nefarious - 13.07.2012 at 18:55  
Rating: 9 I personally love every song on this album, especially 'Endless Sea'. And i also see the 'prog' label clearly (intricate musicianship, use of classical instrumentation & arrangements etc) although i agree without a doubt that the key word in defining the band is 'Atmospheric'. That is the wonderful thing about the subjectiveness of music though, we technically all hear the same thing yet interpret it so differently
InthesilenceJosh - 13.07.2012 at 21:56  
  Thanks again for the feedback. You know, Endless Sea is one of those songs, where I think certain people just won't get into it, and that's fine, especially if you mostly like progressive metal, probably not gonna dig it, cause it is not metal or progressive at all. Then again, some hard-core Death metal friends of ours said that's their favorite, so who knows! It's like shoe-gaze metal. It's a simple song, just with a lot of layers, and if you get into that main melody and the feeling of the song, or the lyrics, you'll love it, and if not, it's ok with me. It's always interesting to me to hear different peoples takes on things; some people have told me their favorites are close to me, Endless Sea, and All the Pieces, others love Serenity and 17 shades. Right now, my favorites are the first four on the album. I will say, Beneath These Falling Leaves is the song I'm probably most proud of, especially after we got Jarek to put the GuitarViol parts on it! Anyway, glad to see so much positive feedback on here! Cheers.
Ag Fox - 14.07.2012 at 19:54  
Rating: 9 Your Reward is my favourite. The chorus is one of the best I have heard in quite some time. Set it as my ringtone lol
Hooman - 19.07.2012 at 00:39  
Rating: 10 I really love every track on this great album. In the Silence is one of my favorite bands now. Thanks JOSH!!!
omjaimes - 26.07.2012 at 23:08  
Rating: 9
Written by InthesilenceJosh on 13.07.2012 at 21:56

Thanks again for the feedback. You know, Endless Sea is one of those songs, where I think certain people just won't get into it, and that's fine, especially if you mostly like progressive metal, probably not gonna dig it, cause it is not metal or progressive at all. Then again, some hard-core Death metal friends of ours said that's their favorite, so who knows! It's like shoe-gaze metal. It's a simple song, just with a lot of layers, and if you get into that main melody and the feeling of the song, or the lyrics, you'll love it, and if not, it's ok with me. It's always interesting to me to hear different peoples takes on things; some people have told me their favorites are close to me, Endless Sea, and All the Pieces, others love Serenity and 17 shades. Right now, my favorites are the first four on the album. I will say, Beneath These Falling Leaves is the song I'm probably most proud of, especially after we got Jarek to put the GuitarViol parts on it! Anyway, glad to see so much positive feedback on here! Cheers.

Thanks, I really enjoy this album, I hope your band continue to give us great music, nice debut man!
tea[m]ster - 27.07.2012 at 00:46  
Rating: 8 I love when band members take the time and give us some feedback. Just awesome.
Fradd - 02.08.2012 at 03:04  
Rating: 9 This album is simply awesome.
Night Sight - 05.08.2012 at 17:48  
  I dont see much similarity to katatonia
something more similar to insomnium with more emotional vibe
not bad at all but i cant decide if its get better after more listens or not
R'Vannith - 05.08.2012 at 20:28  
Rating: 9 Impeccable musicianship is what makes this so enjoyable I think, plus I like the vibe, brings to mind Katatonia and Riverside mostly. Not an entirely original style but very strong performance nonetheless. Hard to pick a standout as it's all on a fairly equal footing but "Beneath These Falling Leaves" is stunning.
Death_95 - 06.08.2012 at 08:20  
Rating: 8 Very good album.
diy - 07.08.2012 at 19:03  
Rating: 10 This album is really atmospheric,it makes me feel sleepy and thats what i like about a metal album,it makes me think,and after all,this is a real ''music'' as an art,just a 10 can represents what i tell you.
BloodTears - 09.08.2012 at 20:13  
Rating: 9 This is awesome! Breakthrough album of the year so far for me.
JÄY - 10.08.2012 at 01:13  
  I wish I didnt associate atmospheric with boring...turns me off so fast
"boring progressive metal"
which is basically:
"boring boring metal"
Masonics - 10.08.2012 at 13:04  
Rating: 9 Album of the year so far for me. Love the hints of some post-metal elements especially towards the end of the song: "All the pieces".
BloodTears - 15.08.2012 at 10:47  
Rating: 9
Written by Masonics on 10.08.2012 at 13:04

Album of the year so far for me. Love the hints of some post-metal elements especially towards the end of the song: "All the pieces".


Love it too!
Masonics - 17.08.2012 at 13:47  
Rating: 9
Written by BloodTears on 15.08.2012 at 10:47

Written by Masonics on 10.08.2012 at 13:04

Album of the year so far for me. Love the hints of some post-metal elements especially towards the end of the song: "All the pieces".


Love it too!




I know! quite original and fresh sounding.
Cynic Metalhead - 17.08.2012 at 14:58  
  Wow! heavy rains of positive comments pouring down here really makes me to check this stuff out soon. Not a big proggy fan, but no harm in checking them out though.
BloodTears - 17.08.2012 at 19:17  
Rating: 9 No harm at all, highly recommended!
Night Sight - 21.08.2012 at 14:25  
  Disappointed after more listens i thought it could be better
Fradd - 29.08.2012 at 12:09  
Rating: 9 Now that the band has been made visible, behold as the rating drops from 8.9 to 8.2.
Reza - 29.08.2012 at 12:41  
 
Written by Fradd on 29.08.2012 at 12:09

Now that the band has been made visible, behold as the rating drops from 8.9 to 8.2.

I hope it won't happen
Hooman - 30.08.2012 at 00:48  
Rating: 10 Stay on top In the Silence, stay on top. . .
Dentura - 04.09.2012 at 11:47  
Rating: 8 Oh wow, how did I not hear this sooner? Just looking at the cover I didn't think it was going to be anything all that great, but I was DEAD WRONG. This is one of the best releases i've heard this year. Simply phenomenal.
3rdWorld - 09.09.2012 at 17:42  
  Gonna check this out. Seems intriguing.
ZGoten - 28.09.2012 at 07:26  
Rating: 9
Written by InthesilenceJosh on 13.07.2012 at 21:56

Thanks again for the feedback. You know, Endless Sea is one of those songs, where I think certain people just won't get into it, and that's fine, especially if you mostly like progressive metal, probably not gonna dig it, cause it is not metal or progressive at all. Then again, some hard-core Death metal friends of ours said that's their favorite, so who knows! It's like shoe-gaze metal. It's a simple song, just with a lot of layers, and if you get into that main melody and the feeling of the song, or the lyrics, you'll love it, and if not, it's ok with me. It's always interesting to me to hear different peoples takes on things; some people have told me their favorites are close to me, Endless Sea, and All the Pieces, others love Serenity and 17 shades. Right now, my favorites are the first four on the album. I will say, Beneath These Falling Leaves is the song I'm probably most proud of, especially after we got Jarek to put the GuitarViol parts on it! Anyway, glad to see so much positive feedback on here! Cheers.


'Beneath These Falling Leaves' is definitely among my personal song of the year contenders. I just love how it's slowly building up towards this instrumental explosion at the end. Thanks for that.
BehzadSh - 29.09.2012 at 22:31  
Rating: 9 Solid Album
Monolithic - 01.10.2012 at 06:25  
Rating: 10 Solid, indeed.
SWAMPL0RD - 03.10.2012 at 07:23  
Rating: 9 Never heard of them until seeing the charts on MS. This is some cool $H!T
Abel - 25.10.2012 at 23:04  
Rating: 9 I NEED MORE MUSIC LIKE THIS!!!
Abel - 25.10.2012 at 23:05  
Rating: 9 IT'S LIKE DARK TRANQUILLITY BUT SINGING NO GROWLING
Susan - 26.10.2012 at 05:01  
Rating: 7 Seriously? This is fucking beautiful music.

I put the album on, started concentrating on something else, then was like, "wait... WHAT am I listening to?!"

I'm blown away. How fun to read Josh's comments right here in the thread. I'm off to read the whole interview now as the album finishes
Ag Fox - 26.10.2012 at 17:51  
Rating: 9
Written by Susan on 26.10.2012 at 05:01

Seriously? This is fucking beautiful music.

I put the album on, started concentrating on something else, then was like, "wait... WHAT am I listening to?!"

I'm blown away. How fun to read Josh's comments right here in the thread. I'm off to read the whole interview now as the album finishes
Seriously? You're only checking it out now after my EXCELLENT review? =P
Kuroboshi - 16.11.2012 at 14:52  
Rating: 7 Very good debut album indeed. The riffs are absolutely killer, and a delight to listen to. However, it's a shame that most songs follow the same pattern. The progressiveness suddenly doesn't feel so progressive anymore...

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