Fellsilent
The Hidden Words


4.0
excellent

Review

by Bitstream USER (21 Reviews)
March 5th, 2009 | 187 replies | 20,007 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A band who realized 'tech metal doesn't need shredding and endless chugging' early in the game.

8 of 9 thought this review was well written

If you're a musician, you'll always find yourself drawn to something technical. You can appreciate what they do, even if it isn't quite your fancy. Anyone who can keep a simple 4/4 will appreciate Fell Silent for that same reason. Technical metal these days has come down to a competition of who can chug harder without their pick breaking, who can do more blast beats, and who can make their bass quieter. Most bands emphasize those three things to a cringe-worthy level. But there's always a ray of hope for music, as Fell Silent illustrates by managing to bypass these flaws on their first full length.

They're SikTh meets head on with Meshuggah, producing a refreshing result. Blending complex poly-rhythms with dual singers screaming their hearts out, they come across a sound that is nowhere near forced or over the top. The beauty of their playing is they clearly illustrate that you don't need to be fast to be technical. While some bands (like PsyOpus) feel the sub-conscious urge to punch you in the face with arpeggio after arpeggio, Fell Silent shows the beauty and impact that lies in sheer simplicity.

These lads constantly pump grooves that make you bob your head and just feel the music. On top of that, bass is almost always audible, and completely up to par with the bands complex rhythm section. The drummer and guitarists all blend together seamlessly, and seem to flow in and out of each others riffs. Their writing is truly magnificent, and each song consistently shows you their capability. Production on this album is spectacular; it gives to everything you want to hear, minus the unnecessary polishing most bands insist on throwing into their mix.

As earlier mentioned, they have dual singers, each with an almost identical voice. Reminiscent of SikTh, their vocals are usually a high throaty shriek. The positive of this is that it's hard to picture them sounding good with any other band. It also helps them distance themselves from their wholly underwhelming peers, who are still trying figure out if their hair matches their breakdowns. (When they find a way, the world will be a very scary place.)

The band also has great clean sections, and the singers show their capability outside the realm of screaming. Clean chords, tasteful drumming, and above-par vocals are hard to find in a convenient little package amidst today’s technical scene. While lyrically lacking, you probably won't notice among the unintelligible vocals. Nonetheless, one song is all it will take to convince you: This band is going places.

Bands like this give hope to the stale-looking future of technical metal. Their first release, and they're already something to look up to. While some of the songs sound the same, each is still extraordinary. Technical, not over the top. Complex, but it doesn't lose you. They strike a happy medium between everything that you could love and hate in technical metal. The Hidden Words is a great, fun listen, and shows that maybe the British aren't all bad.

PROS

Mind blowing rhythm section
Never over the top
Very capable vocalists

CONS

Songs blend together
Vocalist’s screams can be a put off at first.



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Bitstream
March 5th 2009



296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'm actually quite happy with this review. I highly suggest checking these guys out. They won't disappoint.

BallsToTheWall
March 5th 2009



44164 Comments


Good review, these guys tried friending me on myspace for a long time before deciding to let them in. Sounds like Textures, albeit not as awesome still decent.

Bitstream
March 5th 2009



296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Oh, thank you for reminding me. Textures is who they sound like. That was bugging me for a long time.

Pebster49
March 6th 2009



2991 Comments


totally can hear the Meshuggah influence. Awesome soundThis Message Edited On 03.05.09

gaslightanthem
March 6th 2009



5209 Comments


i'm pretty sure the band are called fellsilent (all one word)

alytee123
March 6th 2009



23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Good review but it would be better if you could refer to some of the songs or musical parts to back up some points, but on the whole it's decent.

Age Of Deception is fantastic.

Zippermouth
March 6th 2009



1305 Comments


Hey, this review is actually worth reading! and look-

It also helps them distance themselves from their wholly underwhelming peers, who are still trying figure out if their hair matches their breakdowns. (When they find a way, the world will be a very scary place.)

You said something funny!

btw it is Fellsilent not Fell Silent.
This Message Edited On 03.06.09

Zippermouth
March 6th 2009



1305 Comments


Not impressed.

gaslightanthem
March 6th 2009



5209 Comments


i will get it sorted to the mods ...

Bitstream
March 6th 2009



296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I had to put the band links as "Fell Silent" otherwise it wouldn't go to their page if you clicked it. It would say "This band page doesn't exist blah blah blah"

accompliceofmydeath
June 25th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys are pretty good. They have somewhat of a Nu-Metal vibe to them which is kinda different.

Shikashaw
July 30th 2009



2 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

the guy who wrote this review digs this and hates on born of osiris. you should be fired

poopty
July 30th 2009



319 Comments


this is better than born of osiris tbf

accompliceofmydeath
July 30th 2009



4170 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This > BoO

Bitstream
August 17th 2009



296 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

haaah.

I'm not paid in the first place.

And these guys at least do cool riffs. That aren't 4/4 masterpieces.

taskeen1989
August 24th 2009



21 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

frickin awesome debut album!

GBJ
September 30th 2009



495 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is awesome. Definitely better than BoO, and I enjoy them more than Textures too. Probably has something to do with the slap bass

supertouchox2
October 5th 2009



1062 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this band deserve more hype.

randomguitarist
October 18th 2009



158 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Why is this getting compared with BOO? Much better, much more original.

bloc
November 23rd 2009



34679 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i feel like i was to harsh on this, gonna re-listen.

edit: nah, i don't think i was.

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