Age of Silence, signed to the end records, push the limits of progressive metal with their debut release of 'Acceleration' released in 2004, the band comes together combining members of Arcturus, Borknagar, and Winds to explore new depths of the progressive metal world. This supergroup picks up where each of the members bands had left off.
Lazare(Solefald, Borknagar) - Vocals
Extant(By pale light) - Guitars
Kobbergaard(By pale Light) - Guitars
Eikind(Winds) - Bass
HellHammer(Arcturus) - Drums
Winter(Winds) - Keyboards
Auditorium of Modern movements
The concept of haste
A song for D Incorporated
The green office and the dark desk drawer
The flow at 9:30 am
Of concrete and glass
I no longer know if I am mad
Sythetic, Fabricated, Calculated
From the very first seconds of this album, Age of Silence introduces you to the odd noises that you will encounter throught this album. The fusion of progressive rock and metal with psychadelic and avant garde chaos is evident, leaving no scraps on the table for anyone else to take, this album is completely their own.
From a lyrical standpoint, Lazare is strong through the album with vocal harmonies and climaxes very similiar to his work with Solefald. He's got one of the most distinguishable voices in extreme/progressive metal. The vocals on this album are well written also, he explores the stock market and the rat race known as human evolution along with many future concepts.
The music is excellent, as you would expect it to be when you bring together this many talented musicians. Andy Winters keyboards are perfect to balance out the pounding drums and guitars.
Tracks like Auditorium of Modern movement
and The Green office and Dark desk drawer
show perfect balance and harmony in part of the band.
Of concrete and glass
and 90* angles
pretty much some up the album. The former track showing of the fusion of avant garde, psychadelic and progressive metal that this album has while the latter track showing the beauty and precision that is achieved.
'Acceleration' is truly unique in it's own right, there are shades of Arcturus and Winds here and there but nobody seems to be complaining. This is a nice vent from the extreme metal world that these members are well known for.
Overall 4.5/5 I can't wait to see what these guys can pull out of their hats next.