Silent Descent
Mind Games


3.0
good

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (196 Reviews)
April 27th, 2012 | 12 replies | 4,140 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A consistent approach to their synth heavy metal allows Silent Descent to firm up their position on the trance metal scene.

2008 was a big year for this English bred, trance metal group; it marked the year that the band’s debut hit the market and whilst it was widely missed by the metal community, the albums reception has been quite steady. Duplicity (the debut) showed Silent Descent as a band that was building on a melodic death metal base. That sound may not be completely innovative, but it remarkably fresh on the ears of the listener. The willingness to experiment, not only on this album but their debut does sound rather gimmicky on paper; screams, cleans, breakdowns, melodic death metal styled riffs with synth patterns and other sources of electronica. For the band, these musical combinations actually work, dabbling in minor keys throughout the album, the ‘trance’ more-or-less backs the music quite well providing a depth that ultimately engages the listener. Listeners beware however; this isn’t going to suit everyone’s taste. Fortunately, whether this hits a chord with you or not, no one can deny that Silent Descent aren’t willing to break away from an overdone staple sound.

Mind Games gives fans of Silent Descent exactly what they have been expecting. The band is not about to break away from the foundation that Duplicity gave them. The trance is still thick and furious carrying the rest of the album along in its wake. However without a solid display of musicianship the album would be lost. The boys churn out the bottom heavy riffage as listeners would expect, tied in with some intelligent double bass work. It’s honestly nothing out of the ordinary for many a metalcore act, but unlike many other acts the bass work makes an appearance and hugs the guitar lines well. The vocal aspect of the album may come off as touch and go with its range being that of mid range shouts, pained high pitch screams and melodic cleans. The high screams especially are distasteful and could be brought back a notch. Thankfully, this does not overly mar a quality record.

Highlighting the album is the sinister ‘On That Trip’. The track begins with some left-to-right speaker swapping bass drum and riff work, accenting the rhythmic prowess the band displays on the entire album. The ideas are relatively simple but are presented well enough to be maintained well enough in the listener’s memory. Unfortunately for the album as a whole, Mind Games does not leave the same impression as the debut. Sure some of the tracks may find some repeats (tracks like; ‘Psychotic Euphoric’, ‘Bring-In-Sanity’,’ Sober Thoughts’ and ‘Mind Games’) but this record does not have the same “fresh” sound that Duplicity did. It seems that Silent Descent are simply expanding there synth metal sound. The effect is still there, it just would have been greater as a debut effort.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012



6937 Comments


Dont you love it when the band's give you mediafire links and passwords?
Not sure when the release date is on this.

TheArkitecht
April 27th 2012



1665 Comments


I remember enjoying Duplicity a couple of years ago, I can't even remember the last time I listened to it. Completely forgot about their existence to be honest.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 27th 2012



6937 Comments


scene, genre. Pick.

Acanthus
April 27th 2012



9537 Comments


This looks like fun tbh, cool sounding stuff by the reviewers take on it. Might have to check out the debut.

Kudos for scoring this early!

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2012



6937 Comments


Thanks acanthus, Twitter is great for getting into touch with willing bands.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 28th 2012



6937 Comments


Yep I see that too, just ignore it

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
April 29th 2012



19993 Comments


My mate's borther used to be in this band. He left after they recorded their debut EP though.

Acanthus
April 29th 2012



9537 Comments


The album cover is what made me decide to click on it; either it'd be bad or unique.

Shiduba
April 29th 2012



424 Comments


Do they still have those horrible inhale screams? Also, album cover = wtf

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
April 30th 2012



6937 Comments


Yeah I guess they still do.

foxblood
November 19th 2012



6797 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

basically a slightly less gay version of attack attack! ok
listening to the whole album so i could rate was kind of a waste of time.
i hate that this is referred to as "trance metal" considering that it bears very little resemblance to actual trance. setting the
micro korg to auto arpeggiate ≠ trance

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
November 19th 2012



6937 Comments


I think I like your description, I must get around to re rating this



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