Rating:
8.0
Silencer - Death - Pierce Me
30 October 2001


01. Death - Pierce Me
02. Sterile Nails And Thunderbowels
03. Taklamakan
04. The Slow Kill In The Cold
05. I Shall Lead, You Shall Follow
06. Feeble Are You - Sons Of Sion


One of the most notorious bands in today's Black Metal scene is Silencer. Vocalist Nattramn achieved relative world fame by first giving one of the most insane and maniacal performances on Silencer's début "Death - Pierce Me", and then getting himself institutionalized, abolishing the band in the process.

It is just as easy to ignore Nattramn's vocals when listening to Silencer as to avoid the coffeeshops when you're in The Netherlands, in other words: you can't. His unique way of singing is so penetrating, you're bound to be knocked off your feet the first time they rip your eardrums apart. A squealing pig, a dying cat, a lobster getting boiled: imagine some of natures squeakiest sounds and you're still not even close. And are they any good? It's a love or hate affair. At first they completely ruined the music for me, but after a while I got accustomed to them and eventually even liked them... a bit.

This album has more than just a notorious vocalist though. What most people tend to forget about Silencer is the strong riffaging. A lot of riffs are similar to the axes on Shining's latest albums - equally dark, but energizing and blood pumping. There are a few killer riffs on here, for example the entire eighth minute in the title track "Death - Pierce Me" or the main riff of "Sterile Nails And Thunderbowels". Slicing our wrists with six long slashes, every song has its own intro, usually done on the piano. And surprisingly, these are not shitty attempts at sounding "suicidal" and kvlt, but well-crafted, gloomy pieces.

In the end, Silencer is a very unique band, and a classic example of a love or hate band. That they paint dark musical pictures is undisputed, but it all depends on if you can feel the madness and insanity of this album (read: of the vocals). If you can't, I suggest alternatives such as Shining or Bethlehem. If you can, get a shrink.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 7


Band profile: Silencer
Album: Death - Pierce Me


 



Written on 17.07.2008 by
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Oriax - 30.06.2012 at 15:06  
Fucking hell! DELETE this pure piece of swine shit! Worst Black Metal album I have ever heard...
Troy Killjoy - 30.06.2012 at 18:27  
Written by Oriax on 30.06.2012 at 15:06
Fucking hell! DELETE this pure piece of swine shit! Worst Black Metal album I have ever heard...

I'd rather you be deleted from the site to be honest. At least this album amuses me.
Mr. Doctor - 30.06.2012 at 21:55  
I dig this album.
Fritillaria - 12.04.2013 at 21:53  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 30.06.2012 at 21:55

I dig this album.


how do you rate it ?
Mr. Doctor - 12.04.2013 at 22:12  
Written by Guest on 12.04.2013 at 21:53
how do you rate it ?


Around a strong 7,5. Vocals aside, this is still well constructed BM. Great riffs, keyboards and atmosphere. The only thing that can damage are the vocals but I don't have much trouble with them as some others. If the vocals were better I would probably give it a full point.
Fritillaria - 12.04.2013 at 22:41  
Written by Mr. Doctor on 12.04.2013 at 22:12

Written by Guest on 12.04.2013 at 21:53
how do you rate it ?


Around a strong 7,5. Vocals aside, this is still well constructed BM. Great riffs, keyboards and atmosphere. The only thing that can damage are the vocals but I don't have much trouble with them as some others. If the vocals were better I would probably give it a full point.

I see
Daniell - 13.04.2013 at 10:42  
Maybe it's well constructed, but the idiotic vocals kill everything. What a shame.
Achille - 29.03.2014 at 09:20  
I won't say that about the vocals. I think the vocals are well representative of the Nathram's insanity. We don't have to expect clean black Metal vocals from this disturbed mind

Anyway it is a great album for me. The kind of album which makes you sick when you listen it.

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