William Control
Silentium Amoris


3.5
great

Review

by jslavos USER (3 Reviews)
April 9th, 2012 | 18 replies | 6,663 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: William Control tunes down the moaning girls and improves his instrumentation, leading to a very enjoyable 13 track LP.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

After releasing the “Novus Ordo Seclorum” EP in late 2011, William Control strikes back with his third full length album, fittingly titled after Oscar Wilde's poem “Silentium Amoris”. Themes from Mr. Wilde's life (imprisonment, tragic love) resonate all over the album, which could be perceived as a homage to this Irish poet. Spanning at thirteen tracks, it seems to be Control's most complete and most consistent album showing great progress in almost all areas. Musically, all of the songs are electronic, with catchy, melodic beats and refined instrumentation.

William seems to have learned from his past endeavors as the lyrics, which were heavily criticized here on sputnik, are generally good and more mature, with the exception of only a few softer spots. Thematically, all songs appear inter-winded, with one leading to the next, resulting in a interesting storyline that keeps listeners entertained for the full 47 minutes. The production doesn't seem rushed, as well as the song arrangements. Use of the synth is not overdone here, and everything just seems to be in the right place.

The LP starts off and ends in typical Control fashion, with a reading. This time around, intro track “Achtung” features a text from the pen of Marquis de Sade, a famous 19th century French aristocrat and philosopher. “We Are Lovers” introduces the main storyline to the listeners - travel from England to Germany through France, which is similar to the journey Wilde took after being released from prison. Musically, it's a type of song Control has not done before, so it serves as a refreshing start to the album. Track number 3, titled “Kiss Me Judas”, is one of the highlights of the album, standing out with a great chorus. This song was also chosen as the album's first single. “I Am Your Jesus” slows down the tempo, which can also be said about “The Velvet Warms And Binds”. For me, these two songs are both lyrically, and musically the weakest on this LP.

Thankfully, from this point on, the tracks continue to get better with “Letters To The Other Side” being of William's best, and “Omnia Vincit Amor” - my personal favorite off Silentium Amoris. #7, titled "Come Die With Me" leads nicely to “Atmosphere”, which is a very well executed cover of this classic Joy Division song, with a great bass line intro and soothing beats. Control also covers Daniel Johnston's mellow “True Love Will Find You In The End” in track 11, with satisfying results. The LP finishes off with a very personal and extremely chilling “Failure Of All Mankind”, followed only by the title track “Silentium Amoris”, which is a reading from Wilde's poem. It provides a good sense of closure and finality for William Control’s poetic and appealing independent release that combines elements of synthpop, dance, dark wave, and electronic music.

Recommended tracks: Omnia Vincit Amor, Kiss Me Judas, Atmosphere


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jefflebowski
April 9th 2012



7379 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

on the other hand, it is really bad

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Acanthus
April 9th 2012



9537 Comments


I don't think it was necessary to use the descriptor track number 3, which should be
three btw, in the review. You're basically doing a stripped down version of a track by track,
and though you might not go in chronological order the only track not mentioned is "Come Die With Me."

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jslavos
April 9th 2012



45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

You're right, thank you for the input I had a pretty hard time reviewing this, my previous 2 were much easier to finish off, and I still have mixed feelings about this one.

jslavos
April 9th 2012



45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Haha, with the exception of "Yeah I Wrote This Suffering/Because We're All Still Suffering", nothing else struck me as outright bad. Basically every song is about love and he mentions his wife a lot + some scraps from Oscar Wilde, it's definitely an improvement over Hate Culture and Noir.

jslavos
April 9th 2012



45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

fuuck, doublepost

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
April 9th 2012



49791 Comments


Look how cool I am, I smoke
Take that dad!

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Scoot
April 9th 2012



17681 Comments


i fail to see how this could be great in any way

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Funeralopolis
April 9th 2012



11025 Comments


those song names have me betting this sucks

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sixdegrees
April 9th 2012



16802 Comments


"I Am Your Jesus"

lol, you can tell this is gonna be a good one.

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The7thVermicide
April 9th 2012



925 Comments


So this is good ?????????????

That was really a surprise ,seriously

ConcubinaryCode
April 9th 2012



2032 Comments


is his voice still shit? he should probably stop smoking so much.

jefflebowski
April 9th 2012



7379 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

'he seems like an actual intelligent and nice dude in interviews so I don't know why he can't transfer that to his music.'

holy shit, you're actually right, he seems like a real geniune guy. Maybe this is all a stealth parody

jslavos
April 12th 2012



45 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

And here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-XXXKluWSI

legit guy

fleshstorm94
April 12th 2012



105 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This album is actually pretty good fuck the trolls.

SCREAMorphine
April 12th 2012



1751 Comments


Really?

DeliusAlkan
April 13th 2012



1 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

A definite improvement from the previous ones, and most of the songs here are guilty pleasures and catchy as a hell too! Give it a chance!

WashboardSuds
April 13th 2012



4984 Comments


fuckin hate this guy

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DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
May 16th 2012



20855 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Despite continuing to front punk-rockers Aiden, the prolific Wil Francis releases 'Silentium Amoris' - his 3rd LP under the side-project moniker of William Control... And it's his best effort yet! Once more splitting the difference between gothic synth-pop & industrial electro-rock, this surprisingly consistent & well-produced album shows improvement by reducing the extreme lows of prior output. It's still 10 minutes too long & the lyrics are average, but the fact there is practically no vulgarity, sleaze or ridiculous moaning sound-bytes almost alone makes this worth a listen! Recommended Tracks: Omnia Vincit Amor, Letters to the Other Side & Kiss Me Judas.



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