While only six years have passed since Silent Planet‘s debut full-length ‘The Day God Slept’ was released, the record has been re-recorded, remixed, and now re-released.
With employing Will Putney to oversee the production process, as was the case with the group’s previous two records, ‘The Night God Slept Redux’ continues a sonic coherency.
With the original primarily self-produced and recorded on a smaller budget, the muddy sound quality created a harsher sound than the group’s overall blend of smooth atmospherics and brutal metalcore. With the record setting the sonic precedent for the current brand of atmospheric metal, the revitalised version of the songs on display uncover nuances that previously only eagle-eared listeners may have noticed.
From the crisper lead guitars dominating the chorus of ‘Native Blood’ to the urgent and reverberating swell of ‘Wasteland’, each track has been tightened and sharpened to highlight how strong the song writing on the group’s debut is; the likes of ‘XX (City Grave)’ and ‘Firstwake’ holding their own against anything the group have created in their short yet solid career.
Alongside the tighter production, allowing the technical proficiency of the record to shine through as well as uncovering hidden melodies, one of the most noticeable changes is the vocals being pushed forward in the mix. Whilst this creates a stronger dynamic impact, it also allows the lyrical message to be heard clearer, a message which, sadly, is still important to today as it was half a decade ago.
It could be argued that it’s not important addition to the band’s collection, but with artists such as Converge having their earlier back catalogue overlooked due to production, it makes sense that Silent Planet would choose to re-vamp a record that they’re proud of. With each track getting a touch up, the coherency between all three records is smoother, even with the original guest vocals being massaged to fit the new versions
Whilst not arguably a necessary release, ‘The Night God Slept Redux’ does update the tracks and allows the record to escape the muddy mix pitfalls of early 2010 metalcore. Alongside a clearer and a more pronounced sound, Silent Planet display a commanding confidence to the tracks that kick-started their career.