Silence the Epilogue from Fort Smith, Arkansas paint a grim picture
with their social awareness stating "Our city is like a painting.....you can touch it and look at
it but it never responds, giving no sign of life."
With the two tracks on this cd they manage to convey this desperation with a progressive
hardcore metal sound that owes as much to Vision Of Disorder as to any of the complex
metalcore bands currently out there.
First song "Reflections Of A Rapist" sounds like Mudvayne playing hardcore with a
gun held to their head and whilst it's not an entirely focused assault, the band lay all their
cards down on the table and show what they are capable of. The vocals
have a two tier affect with tortured mellow cries playing off against fierce vocal shrieks and although
this works well the song feels more like a collection of song parts rather than one song.
With a more tight song structure the band could convey their emotion far better than this
disjointed but praiseworthy effort.
"Medicine 101" on the other hand is far more appealing noise with dramatic tension via
spoken word commentaries and ominous sounding bass. The song builds in tension and then hits the ground
running with a lethargic tortured vocal that is as much tuneful as it is haunting.
The instruments all work together rather than fighting for attention and the end result
is a song that breathes emotion into anyone that listens. If you are looking for a dark sounding
band who are not afraid to venture into new territory then look no further.
They may not be the finished article but they offer a glimpse into a possibly bright future particularly
as demonstrated on the latter track.
(3 / 5)