Silencer - Death - Pierce Me review



Reviewer:
8.0

94 users:
8.16
Band: Silencer
Album: Death - Pierce Me
Release date: 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.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 8
Originality: 8
Production: 7


 



Written on 17.07.2008 by If you're interested in extreme, often emotional and underground music, check out my reviews. I retired from reviewing, but I really used to be into that stuff.


Comments

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05.10.2008 - 19:10
Trinity Blood
i like the vocals a lot...very scary...awesome album imo
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05.10.2008 - 23:04
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
I agree, this is a very good album.
I like your review since you can't give a 10 or a 4 to something that really is a love or hate affair... The album is that hard to digest.

I also love the vocals, they are unique and express a lot of madness and helps to add the schizophrenic atmosphere in the entire album.

I really want to buy this one.
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03.03.2009 - 07:15
Umideath
Oh really really Suicidal Blaaaaack:devil::banger2:
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31.07.2009 - 19:13
Kurimus
I'm really grateful to Lupus Lounge for their re-release of Death - Pierce Me, without them I'd be missing myself a great experience of an album!
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03.08.2009 - 13:07
Smurfophagist
Nattramn is a fucking sadomasochistic maniac. and he managed to induce bits of his deranged psyche and his mental illness into his music.
the result is spectacular.
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03.08.2009 - 13:32
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
This album gets old really quick unfrotunately. I totally loved it the first couple of times I heard it but then got bored with it immensely.
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10.08.2009 - 14:36
Kurimus
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.08.2009 at 13:32

This album gets old really quick unfrotunately. I totally loved it the first couple of times I heard it but then got bored with it immensely.


Try listening to it alone in the night after you've stayed up for three days straight in an empty dark room with nothing but a knife with you it completely enchances the experience! Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels faved!
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10.08.2009 - 16:16
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Kurimus on 10.08.2009 at 14:36

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.08.2009 at 13:32

This album gets old really quick unfrotunately. I totally loved it the first couple of times I heard it but then got bored with it immensely.


Try listening to it alone in the night after you've stayed up for three days straight in an empty dark room with nothing but a knife with you it completely enchances the experience! Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels faved!


I always listen to this sort of music in an empty dark room
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10.08.2009 - 21:31
Kurimus
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2009 at 16:16

Written by Kurimus on 10.08.2009 at 14:36

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.08.2009 at 13:32

This album gets old really quick unfrotunately. I totally loved it the first couple of times I heard it but then got bored with it immensely.


Try listening to it alone in the night after you've stayed up for three days straight in an empty dark room with nothing but a knife with you it completely enchances the experience! Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels faved!


I always listen to this sort of music in an empty dark room


That's great! So you propably know what I'm talkin' bout... But it was really essential to me to not have slept in three days (or something, it's kinda fuzzy) I was completely freakin out I had to stop and start listening to reggae so I wouldn't completely mutilate myself
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11.08.2009 - 21:53
Smurfophagist
Written by Kurimus on 10.08.2009 at 21:31

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2009 at 16:16

Written by Kurimus on 10.08.2009 at 14:36

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.08.2009 at 13:32

This album gets old really quick unfrotunately. I totally loved it the first couple of times I heard it but then got bored with it immensely.


Try listening to it alone in the night after you've stayed up for three days straight in an empty dark room with nothing but a knife with you it completely enchances the experience! Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels faved!


I always listen to this sort of music in an empty dark room


That's great! So you propably know what I'm talkin' bout... But it was really essential to me to not have slept in three days (or something, it's kinda fuzzy) I was completely freakin out I had to stop and start listening to reggae so I wouldn't completely mutilate myself


I felt the same way...I just felt weird, truly depressed, frightened even, by this album. the weirdest feeling of my life, I couldn't sleep at night...if you seriously want to fuck yourself up download the movie 'Begotten' , disable the sound (since the movie only has ambient sounds), and listen to the album...fucked up
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13.08.2009 - 14:36
Kurimus
Written by Smurfophagist on 11.08.2009 at 21:53

Written by Kurimus on 10.08.2009 at 21:31

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 10.08.2009 at 16:16

Written by Kurimus on 10.08.2009 at 14:36

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 03.08.2009 at 13:32

This album gets old really quick unfrotunately. I totally loved it the first couple of times I heard it but then got bored with it immensely.


Try listening to it alone in the night after you've stayed up for three days straight in an empty dark room with nothing but a knife with you it completely enchances the experience! Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels faved!


I always listen to this sort of music in an empty dark room


That's great! So you propably know what I'm talkin' bout... But it was really essential to me to not have slept in three days (or something, it's kinda fuzzy) I was completely freakin out I had to stop and start listening to reggae so I wouldn't completely mutilate myself


I felt the same way...I just felt weird, truly depressed, frightened even, by this album. the weirdest feeling of my life, I couldn't sleep at night...if you seriously want to fuck yourself up download the movie 'Begotten' , disable the sound (since the movie only has ambient sounds), and listen to the album...fucked up


I have been so deep in all the ugly feelings anyone can ever think of, that I really didn't find any new "levels" with Silencer but it shure gives some fucked up vibes if listened to in the right mood.

I would like to see that movie, but the thing is that I don't download anything. I don't know anything about downloading or actually about even computers in general (and I'm actually proud of that )
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13.08.2009 - 21:56
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Smurfophagist on 11.08.2009 at 21:53

if you seriously want to fuck yourself up download the movie 'Begotten' , disable the sound (since the movie only has ambient sounds), and listen to the album...fucked up


Cheers for talking about a brilliant yet extremely fucked up movie. I loved it [I watched it alone but with the sounds... I think they are really good for the movie] I couldn't sleep after the movie, I swear I fucking saw God sitting on the corner of my room killing himself. It was really scarry tbh.

Written by Kurimus on 13.08.2009 at 14:36

I would like to see that movie, but the thing is that I don't download anything. I don't know anything about downloading or actually about even computers in general (and I'm actually proud of that )


Hi man!... Look I have two links with the movie totally for free. The first one is in spanish but you just have to click play [duh]
Here! and here as well!
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14.08.2009 - 15:28
Kurimus
Written by Mr. Doctor on 13.08.2009 at 21:56

Written by Smurfophagist on 11.08.2009 at 21:53

if you seriously want to fuck yourself up download the movie 'Begotten' , disable the sound (since the movie only has ambient sounds), and listen to the album...fucked up


Cheers for talking about a brilliant yet extremely fucked up movie. I loved it [I watched it alone but with the sounds... I think they are really good for the movie] I couldn't sleep after the movie, I swear I fucking saw God sitting on the corner of my room killing himself. It was really scarry tbh.

Written by Kurimus on 13.08.2009 at 14:36

I would like to see that movie, but the thing is that I don't download anything. I don't know anything about downloading or actually about even computers in general (and I'm actually proud of that )


Hi man!... Look I have two links with the movie totally for free. The first one is in spanish but you just have to click play [duh]
Here! and here as well!


Thanks! I'll definately try to watch it if I can find the time.
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13.12.2009 - 02:47
LeChron James
Helvetesfossen
I just got this album and from the outset i cannot take Nattramn's vocals seriously. this is only from the outset, i havent gotten acclimated to them yet. but my initial opinion of the vocals is something along the lines of "this has to be a joke".
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13.12.2009 - 03:40
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by LeChron James on 13.12.2009 at 02:47

I just got this album and from the outset i cannot take Nattramn's vocals seriously. this is only from the outset, i havent gotten acclimated to them yet. but my initial opinion of the vocals is something along the lines of "this has to be a joke".


Yeah those vocals are really... special to say the least. Really a love-or-hate album. I really like it, but it depends on my mood of course.
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13.12.2009 - 03:56
LeChron James
Helvetesfossen
Written by Mr. Doctor on 13.12.2009 at 03:40

Yeah those vocals are really... special to say the least. Really a love-or-hate album. I really like it, but it depends on my mood of course.

what mood could possibly call for something like that? unless you're bipolar and COMPLETELY manic there is no mood that could possibly call for something like Silencer. seriously, what is the big deal about these vocals?
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Kick Ass, Die Young

Less is More
Stay Pure
Stay Poor

Music was my life, music brought me to life and music is how I will be remembered long after I leave this life. When I die there will be a final waltz in my head that only I can hear.
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13.12.2009 - 03:59
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by LeChron James on 13.12.2009 at 03:56

unless you're bipolar and COMPELTELY manic.


...










Well yeah, the album could have been way better with more normal shrieks.... I think they fit in a very weird way. I don't complain that much tbh.
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13.12.2009 - 04:32
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by LeChron James on 13.12.2009 at 03:56

seriously, what is the big deal about these vocals?


NOTHING at all. They are totally crap at best. And do spoil anythign remotely good about Silencer. (and that from someone who loves anything Kvarfoth ahs done with Shining and also loves Deinonychus and Jo?Marquis) This guy is a total joke and shouldn't be allowed near a microphone ever again.
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03.01.2010 - 20:23
XIREZ is death
I love this album, the music is very good, if you can get passed the vocals. very dark and insane.
the only way i can think to describe the vocals is nattramn took the seat off of a bicycle, put the post in an oven and shoved it red hot up his ass and recorded an album, they are that horrific......
i even think i hear him yelling FUCK MEEEEE!!!!! in Death - pierce me, at 9:47 and 9:56... any opinions?
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03.01.2010 - 21:15
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.12.2009 at 04:32

NOTHING at all. They are totally crap at best. And do spoil anythign remotely good about Silencer. (and that from someone who loves anything Kvarfoth ahs done with Shining and also loves Deinonychus and Jo?Marquis) This guy is a total joke and shouldn't be allowed near a microphone ever again.


That's a sad fact, because I really like the music but the vocals ae just too much. I don't like Kvarforths interpretation of Pain:Noise:March but I can really see myself buying this album if it was done with Kvarforth on vocals..... Or any more normal singer.
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14.01.2010 - 14:54
Slayer666
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.01.2010 at 21:15

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 13.12.2009 at 04:32

NOTHING at all. They are totally crap at best. And do spoil anythign remotely good about Silencer. (and that from someone who loves anything Kvarfoth ahs done with Shining and also loves Deinonychus and Jo?Marquis) This guy is a total joke and shouldn't be allowed near a microphone ever again.


That's a sad fact, because I really like the music but the vocals ae just too much. I don't like Kvarforths interpretation of Pain:Noise:March but I can really see myself buying this album if it was done with Kvarforth on vocals..... Or any more normal singer.

To be honest, I think they should cut out vocals, any kind, from this album completely. That, and making the songs a litlle shorter, could have made this album a masterpiece. The way it is, I'd say the album is just a huuuge load of partially fulfiled potential.
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14.01.2010 - 16:58
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Slayer666 on 14.01.2010 at 14:54

To be honest, I think they should cut out vocals, any kind, from this album completely. That, and making the songs a litlle shorter, could have made this album a masterpiece. The way it is, I'd say the album is just a huuuge load of partially fulfiled potential.


Like a instrumental album? In that case I could agree with you and only [as you said] if the album was shorter... a 30 minute intrumental seems fine with me because the dude can play some good riffs but when he opens that mouth...

I really think that any other person could have done a better job.... any other.
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14.01.2010 - 17:39
Slayer666
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.01.2010 at 16:58

Written by Slayer666 on 14.01.2010 at 14:54

To be honest, I think they should cut out vocals, any kind, from this album completely. That, and making the songs a litlle shorter, could have made this album a masterpiece. The way it is, I'd say the album is just a huuuge load of partially fulfiled potential.


Like a instrumental album? In that case I could agree with you and only [as you said] if the album was shorter... a 30 minute intrumental seems fine with me because the dude can play some good riffs but when he opens that mouth...

I really think that any other person could have done a better job.... any other.

I usually dislike vocals in a great deal of black metal bands. Just when the song gets good, when they start playing an amaizing, dark, chilling riff, there comes the vocalist and ruins it all. You can't ever hear the damn guitars, because the asshole is shreaking some shit that nobody cares about. This is present in way more bands than I care to count. There are some, of course, who manage to find and perform the perfect vocals, and time them just right, but those are rare. Mayhem, for example, with "De Mysteriis...", or Burzum on "Filosofem".
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14.01.2010 - 17:44
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
Written by Slayer666 on 14.01.2010 at 17:39

I usually dislike vocals in a great deal of black metal bands. Just when the song gets good, when they start playing an amaizing, dark, chilling riff, there comes the vocalist and ruins it all. You can't ever hear the damn guitars, because the asshole is shreaking some shit that nobody cares about. This is present in way more bands than I care to count. There are some, of course, who manage to find and perform the perfect vocals, and time them just right, but those are rare. Mayhem, for example, with "De Mysteriis...", or Burzum on "Filosofem".


Shitty vocalists are everywhere no matter the genre, so I haven't noticed the bad vocalists. I think there are many good vocalists in BM who are overshadowed by tons of bad vocalits, but like I said before... that happens in every genre.
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15.01.2010 - 08:24
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Slayer666 on 14.01.2010 at 17:39


I usually dislike vocals in a great deal of black metal bands. Just when the song gets good, when they start playing an amaizing, dark, chilling riff, there comes the vocalist and ruins it all.


When I read this statement by you I am totally surprised you are such a big Cradle Of Filth fan, because to me that band is the epitome of one who's music is totally spoiled by pathetic shrieking of the vocalist.
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15.01.2010 - 15:52
Slayer666
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.01.2010 at 08:24

Written by Slayer666 on 14.01.2010 at 17:39


I usually dislike vocals in a great deal of black metal bands. Just when the song gets good, when they start playing an amaizing, dark, chilling riff, there comes the vocalist and ruins it all.


When I read this statement by you I am totally surprised you are such a big Cradle Of Filth fan, because to me that band is the epitome of one who's music is totally spoiled by pathetic shrieking of the vocalist.

WOOT?
Dani doesn't shriek, he screams. Besides, his screaming fits Cradle's music much more than what I already mentioned. I don't know, I liked his vocals from the first time I've heard them. They are somehow very raw, and extreme... At least, used to be.
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15.01.2010 - 15:56
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Slayer666 on 15.01.2010 at 15:52

They are somehow very raw, and extreme... At least, used to be.


Raw isn't a word I would attribute to his vocals. Extreme, yes, just like Donald Duck on speed and helium sounds extreme. I always compare that tiny little ugly troll Dani's vocals to everyone's beloved duck.
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15.01.2010 - 15:59
Slayer666
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.01.2010 at 15:56

Written by Slayer666 on 15.01.2010 at 15:52

They are somehow very raw, and extreme... At least, used to be.


Raw isn't a word I would attribute to his vocals. Extreme, yes, just like Donald Duck on speed and helium sounds extreme. I always compare that tiny little ugly troll Dani's vocals to everyone's beloved duck.

Yes, I've noticed. It's getting a bit annoying, really. Then what do you think about Maniac's performance on "Wolf's Lair Abyss"?
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15.01.2010 - 16:03
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Written by Slayer666 on 15.01.2010 at 15:59

Then what do you think about Maniac's performance on "Wolf's Lair Abyss"?


Just as horrible. I hate that release btw.
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15.01.2010 - 16:07
Slayer666
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 15.01.2010 at 16:03

Written by Slayer666 on 15.01.2010 at 15:59

Then what do you think about Maniac's performance on "Wolf's Lair Abyss"?


Just as horrible. I hate that release btw.

Not one of their best, but not half-bad if you ask me.
Yeah, well, I could go on saying that many of your favorite bands have same-old, same-old monotonous, unimaginative growling vocals. But I don't, do I?
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