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This Age of Silence


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Review

by HeadCharge123 USER (2 Reviews)
June 12th, 2008 | 55 replies | 11,197 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Crushing debut by the worlds finest up and coming band.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

“This Age of Silence” is the debut album from the five piece metalcore band Anterior, released on Metal Blade. However, this is no run of the mill ‘scene’ band that are too busy wondering if their jeans are tight enough and their breakdowns br00tal enough. In fact, these young Welshmen have produced a wonderful debut that mixes melodic death metal and thrash with progressive influences and, ultimately, propelled themselves way ahead of their peers in the process.

There is no doubt that the songs are very well composed, and manage to remain diverse and dynamic, with plenty of memorable hooks that will inevitably result in various head banging antics. The true delight of this album is, without doubt, the guitar work. It is, in a word … magnificent. Blazing fast thrash riffs a plenty, with a great number of wonderful solos splashed around the place. The guitarists Luke Davies and Leon Kemp really showcase their ability here, especially on the more progressive tracks, delivering axe work that could rival even Dragonforce for speed.

“This Age of Silence” opens with ‘Ghosts of Dawn’, a small intro that quickly slams into second track ‘The Silent Divide’, six minutes of metal at its finest. Without pausing for breath, the album then heads straight into ‘Dead Divine’, all rampant bludgering riffery and a huge gear change midway before racing away again in hurricane force. What follows is six more storming tracks that will leave you breathless and wanting more. The replay value is here for sure, these are not tracks to get bored of quickly.

The vocals are like many other high quality metalcore singers and, although often overpowered by the guitar work, complement the music well. The drumming is of a high standard too, not too flashy but interesting and strong enough to help keep the songs flowing.

In all this is definitely an album worth buying for any fan of metal. Powerful riffs, searing solos, catchy hooks and strong drumming all carried out with a maturity that belies the groups age. Basically, a must for fans of technical metalcore, melodic death metal and thrash. And for those metalheads who shake their head in disgust at the ever-increasing tide of generic bands polluting music with their rehashed garbage, make sure you don’t let the metalcore stereotype put you off. If you do you will be missing out on a slab of modern metals finest.

Recommended Tracks:

- The Silent Divide
- Dead Divine
- Seraph


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HeadCharge123
June 12th 2008



475 Comments


Comments and stuff would be nice ;)

kattunlover69
June 12th 2008



1194 Comments


reading this is like ...deja vu.......did i visit the future in my pastlife?

SCREAM!
June 12th 2008



9977 Comments


Good review. A little bit more description would've been nice but this is till pretty good. Pos'd.

Checked out the iTunes previews and for metalcore this actually sounds pretty good. The style reminds me a lot of All That Remains' newest cd

Digging: Agalloch - The Serpent and the Sphere

HeadCharge123
June 12th 2008



475 Comments


haha, kattunlover69 i had this review posted before but it got deleted when the system crashed, only just got it back up

And to scream! this wipes the floor with All That Remains' newest album (Y)

Jim
June 13th 2008



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i have to say, the metalcore tag really is putting me off.
im intrigued though and will investigate further regardless

theyneedyou
June 13th 2008



229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

bahamut, these guys are as far away from metalcore as you can imagine.

This album is so good I can't even put it into words.

Except I did, in my sound off!

HEYO!

theyneedyou
June 13th 2008



229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yeah, Scream!

This sounds nothing like All That Remains.

At all.

If the members of All That Remains were to lsiten to this album, they would all slit their wrists and fuck each other. Because they would realize they could never make an album this good.'

The same goes for Killswitch Engage.

Yeah, fuck you Mudvaynian.

HeadCharge123
June 13th 2008



475 Comments


metalcore is more just a tag theyve been given, ignore it and just listen cos this is a debut that will blow you away ;)

Wizard
June 13th 2008



19231 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

this is no run of the mill ‘scene’ band that are too busy wondering if their jeans are tight enough and their breakdowns br00tal enough.


I nearly shit my pants laughing at this!

I've been meaning to check out this album and I'm convinced now. Solid review.

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

theyneedyou
June 14th 2008



229 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Even though I love all my CD's in my collection, sometimes I get sick of my bands.

But whenever I am bored with everything else, no matter how many time I listened to it, I can throw in This Age of Silence and enjoy just as much as I did when I first listened to it.

HeadCharge123
June 14th 2008



475 Comments


Thanks wizard (: make sure you check this out, and tell me what you think about it. I'd be interested to here your opinion on this album



HeadCharge123
July 4th 2008



475 Comments


OMGGZ, was listening to this album all this morning and it's still fuckin' awesome ^_^

Jim
July 4th 2008



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haven't given this a complete listen yet, but it's quite good so far.
the instrumentation is interesting, but i find the vocals horribly bland

HeadCharge123
July 4th 2008



475 Comments


Yeah, the vocals are very similar to a lot of metalcore bands so don't really have anything to set them apart, but I think as a whole it doesnt affect the album too much.

Jim
July 4th 2008



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

otherwise it's quite good. i'll give it a few more spins before rating

Aeksis8745
July 5th 2008



448 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Such a good debut, can't wait to hear some new stuff from them with the old guitarist from mendeed.

HeadCharge123
July 15th 2008



475 Comments


tch ...the second person to rate below a 4 bahamut_ali ...shame :mad:

foreverendeared
July 15th 2008



14678 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

downloading now to see if me likes

HeadCharge123
July 15th 2008



475 Comments


looking at the music you like I'd say you would enjoy this album

Jim
July 16th 2008



5110 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

there goes the 3rd score under 4 ;)
srsly though this is good. just not excellent for me



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