Release Date: October 21st, 2011
Label: Ghost Music
Website: None available
Coventry’s Silent Screams play an agreeable brand of harsh screams/sung vocals metalcore. Having signed to Ghost Music, they’ve gained a respectable platform to release their début album, ‘When It Rains’. It would be easy to write them off as just another whatever-core band playing clichés and boring music, but venture beneath the surface and you’ve got quite a handy young band here that definitely have potential to make it big. A lot of bands in this genre suffer from either trying to be overly METULLZZZ! or being humoungous idiots and infusing angsty emo in places where it has no right to be. Silent Screams do both of these things to an extent, but they do it in a way that doesn’t make you yawn and reach for the chloroform.
The metalcore checklist has obviously been thoroughly consulted throughout, and it’s no surprise when you hear a breakdown or a random shout of “fuck” every now and then. The vocals aren’t the best; the harshes aren’t terrific, and in places they sound like singer James Ryan has swallowed a porcupine, but when the cleans come in they work excellently. I mean, this kid can fucking sing. Whether the heavier side of things needs to be worked on or not, I don’t know… it may make Silent Screams sound like just another Killshit Engage spin-off. Maybe the band is aware of the growls not being up to scratch; there appears to be a fair bit of reverb at work and it gives the whole thing a strange atmosphere, almost relaxing in points.
‘Pacific Highway’ is doing the rounds on Scuzz at the moment, and it’s puzzling why exactly that is. With what is essentially a three-chord song, it really shouldn’t be as good as it is, but as bands like Jane’s Addiction have proved, you can still have an excellent song with a simple formula. The cleans of “You raise me up” make you immediately think of Westlife, but there aren’t gonna be any buttholes being pounded here, just fists on floors and feet in faces. The title track and album closer is also an interesting mix, almost like pouring chilli sauce on your Frosties.
Another important thing of note is the tempo changes; the breakdowns are pretty simple and not particularly interesting so there’s something else to get the pit spinning instead. Silent Screams aren’t reinventing the wheel by doing it, but it saves some of the songs in places from becoming boring and contrived. Fans of Parkway Drive, All That Remains and even early Atreyu should be sure to pick up ‘When It Rains’ for a nice reminder that Britain has more to offer than cucumber sandwiches and corgis.
Written by Martin Savage
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