Billy Talent
Dead Silence


3.5
great

Review

by Cultclassical USER (53 Reviews)
September 28th, 2012 | 73 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And the town gets some of its power back...

Billy Talent holds a special place in my heart being the probably the first band I ever discovered all by myself like a big boy. The energy and guitar play exhibited in their single “Try Honesty” immediately clicked with me and I promptly bought the self-titled and loved it, even more so now. The draw they had that kept me coming back to listen was their energy. It oozed from the self-titled in a way I had never heard before and seldom since to be honest. This energy level conveyed through the music dropped in each subsequent release with Billy Talent III being more of a free fall than a drop. Another three years and another Billy Talent release later and the band has found some of their old energy.

An interesting consequence one will notice when a band loses their youthful energy is they will attempt to substitute that loss for writing an abundance of up tempo catchy hooks and riffs. This can pan out not so well (eh hem Green Day mmm) but Billy Talent have always been excellent riff writers and that hasn’t changed with Dead Silence. Throughout 14 songs, their signature tone and catchiness is on showcase here. Nice chunky riffs and twinkly licks abound gaily in many of these songs injecting doses of their old energy into each one like Eve into a Big Daddy. Songs like “Surprise Surprise” and “Man Alive!” wouldn’t look too shabby with dance themed music videos but still retain the Billy Talent charm. The vocalist is also on point here as he hasn’t missed a beat since the band started, with the vocally driven track “Stand Up and Run” being the shining highlight on the album for him. The rest of the instruments are competent but display nothing to write home about.

These flickers of energy in combination with their knack of catchy songwriting are nothing if not good news for future releases from these guys. That being said there are of course some areas of concern with Dead Silence and they all revolve around this theme of energy. Billy Talent has the chops, the drive, and the spirit, they just seem tired. While they did indeed rekindle a bit of the flame with this release you can still feel the staleness in how some of the songs repeat over and over or how the vocal melodies also differ very little. Also at 14 songs at 53 minutes the album drags on a bit longer than expected. The good thing is all these issues are easily remedied with a little motivation. One thing about this band is for those who know them; their music is immediately recognizable, however that shows a lack of evolution. Whether or not that’s a good thing is completely subjective, but these are one of the few bands I don’t want to evolve.

Dead Silence has the gang returning to an earlier state. A lot of good things can be inferred here and while it seems they will never be able to top their self-titled opus, I hope these guys never change.



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Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20158 Comments


Dude, I was totally gonna write a review for this, you beat me to it ;)

Digging: Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050

Calc
September 28th 2012


12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wrote it in 10 minutes and its probably a generous 3.5 but hey what can I say.

Streaming here:

http://www.nme.com/news/billy-talent/65916

Calc
September 28th 2012


12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

muahaha should've done it 20 minutes ago, but i'm sorry lol I do have one I think you should do though if you wanna listen to it

Funeralopolis
September 28th 2012


11892 Comments


pos

Digging: Owen Pallett - In Conflict

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20158 Comments


IMO you should have mentioned 'viking death march' just because it's such a good song and sounds like a return to their roots.

Good job though I agree with this review POS.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20158 Comments


@Calc, what one?

Calc
September 28th 2012


12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dunno if you like this kinda sad music but go here

http://allhuman.bandcamp.com/


Adam Rupert from Fear Before the March of Flames solo thing

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20158 Comments


hmm, haven't even heard From Bear Before The March of Flames.

I might end up reviewing this too eventually. Not to be competetive, but I really like this album especially after the disappointing billy talent 3.

Calc
September 28th 2012


12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't care do it...it'll get more exposure than mine since ima dick and your cool.

but wow you should. This solo deal sounds absolutely nothing like them though.

Crawl
September 28th 2012


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

Boring album.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20158 Comments


Nah it's not boring, it's way better then their last album.

Calc, why do you say your a dick? lol.

ti0n
September 28th 2012


1591 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

am i in a fucking board full of teenies or what. this album sux hard compared to I and II

Digging: The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

Calc
September 28th 2012


12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I've grown jaded of all the kids....i'ma dick for saying that too but it's w/e lol but yeah review this I'd like to read it

Crawl
September 28th 2012


1647 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

CAST OFF THE CRUTCH THAT KILLS THE PAIN

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20158 Comments


It's not like if I reviewed this it would be any better than yours haha but thanks maybe I will.

MalleusMaleficarum
September 28th 2012


14393 Comments


is this anywhere near as good as BTII

Calc
September 28th 2012


12365 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

BTII sees it in its rear-view mirror I'll put it that way

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20158 Comments


My personal opinion:

Billy Talent I > Billy Talent II > Bill Talent Dead Silence > Bill Talent III

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
September 28th 2012


20158 Comments


Dead Silence is pretty close to being tied with billy talent 2 though in my opinion. However none of it's songs can match songs like 'Red Flag'

MalleusMaleficarum
September 28th 2012


14393 Comments


yeah youre probably right



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