Silencer (SWE)
Death - Pierce Me


5.0
classic

Review

by dragoth USER (31 Reviews)
June 13th, 2013 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2001 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A journey into the deepest, darkest and most haunting areas of the human mind

The black metal scene is one with many stories surrounding it, from the killing of Euronymous at its very start, to the issues with Wrest raping his girlfriend with a tattoo gun, these stories can occasionally overshadow the music, drawing attention away from the very thing these artists set out to do. This may be the case with Silencer, a suicidal black metal band from Sweden. The tales and whispers surrounding front man Nattramn are so numerous and speculated; from the debate as to whether he has pig trotters for hand, to his apparent attempted murder of a girl and his suicide attempt afterwards, all this drawing your attention away from their only release, the masterpiece Death - Pierce Me.

On first listen one does not really know what to expect, for anyone who goes into this expecting something akin to any other depressive black metal album, such as those of Leviathan, Xasthur or Shining they will be shocked. This album is unlike anything anyone has ever heard before, from its soft acoustic opening, to its furious and brutal moments of pure black metal, to acoustic passages reminiscent of Agalloch this is a journey into the deepest, darkest and most haunting areas of the human psych that will leave listeners changed forever, its variety adds to the experience that this album is, throwing the listener back and forth as the band take you through their hellish landscape.

the instrumentation on this album is superb, guitarist Leere crafts an atmosphere of intense dark through the variety of different sounds he creates, from slow acoustic passages to intense tremolo in a heartbeat, all backed up by powerful drum work from Steve Wolz, from blast beats to rhythmic sections, its as varied as the guitar work, coming together to provide an intense wall of sound that draws the listener in, switching from instrumental passages that weave and flow harmoniously, to supporting the vocals in furious displays of rampant black metal, its all done with perfect precision. Other instruments take part in this gloomy sound scape, an example been the piano passage in the title track and synthesisers adding to the atmosphere been created.

The biggest factor in this album however is the vocals, the unique style performed by Nattramn here is one of tortured wails that make or break this album for the listener. For me they are the thing that makes this album perfect. The painful shrieks emanating from Nattramn are the very sound of someone in the fit of despair, the very sound of depression and the emotion that is poured into the noise created only makes it more powerful. Rumour says that he achieved this scream by harming himself in the studio, and listening to it you could very well believe it. The vocals are as varied as the instruments however, Nattramn switching from his wail, to simple black metal snarl and hoarse cries with ease, an example been on Sterile Nails and Thunderbowels. Lyrically this album is poetic, with the words howled by Nattramn deepening the emotional well that this album is. Far beyond the realms of the stereotypical depressive black metal lyrics, Nattramn adds depth, an example:

Vast souls
And inhumans,
Bitten by infected jaws

Abandoned minds
And corpses
Lurking with moulded eyes
Lacerated bodies
Without mourners
Nodding in gallows


This is an absolute masterpiece of the suicidal black metal genre, and indeed of any black metal album, this album will draw any listener into its murky depths of sadness and throw them out at the end. Any fan of depressive black metal should give pick this up, they will be the better for it, whilst it won't be the most enjoyable experience, its one that should definitely be undertaken.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Pestiferous
June 13th 2013


1252 Comments


weird

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 13th 2013


18467 Comments


this was my first review for sputnik i think

album is p sweet i have it on wax

Digging: Recondite - Caldera/DRGN 2

SAPoodle
June 13th 2013


479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The first time I heard this I honestly nearly chundered because it messed me up so much. Sterile Nails... is still the best track but it's pretty amazing for what it is - about as good as DSBM gets

Surtur
June 13th 2013


520 Comments


This album disturbed me when I was 13. Still a brilliant album, and a great review too!

Digging: Winterfylleth - The Divination Of Antiquity

Sniff
June 13th 2013


1152 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The painful shrieks emanating from Nattramn are the very sound of someone in the fit of despair, the very sound of depression and the emotion that is poured into the noise created only makes it more powerful.

Could be cos he's institutionalized

SAPoodle
June 13th 2013


479 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"This album disturbed me when I was 13. Still a brilliant album, and a great review too!"

For me it all depends on how you listen to it. If you're not in the right headspace, this album just sounds fucking ridiculous most of the time. But when you're feeling it... man it's brutal

Eunuch
June 13th 2013


1245 Comments


This album is only average for me. More apt to produce boredom and laughter than anything. LEEEEAP,
LEEAP FROM LYFEEE

Surtur
June 13th 2013


520 Comments


Yeah man, I've shown it to people who just laughed at the vocals, but when you're in the mood then it is genuinely disturbing.

PortraitsOfDecay
June 13th 2013


206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've only listened to this album once and I really want to like it but the vocals kinda ruin it for me. Maybe I'll like this more if I give it another try.

Digging: Swans - To Be Kind

Eunuch
June 13th 2013


1245 Comments


Don't bother it's just not a good album. Basically the sole factor people think this is so great is
because they like the vocals. So if you don't like them it's basically a dime a dozen nothing of
note bland work.

DrMaximus
June 13th 2013


9264 Comments


Agreed with Varys.

demon of surveillance
June 14th 2013


822 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

A few grammatical mistakes but great review and album, pos'd.

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

dragoth
June 14th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@demon, Dragon and whoever the other one was - thanks for the Pos' I love this album

dragoth
June 14th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Who neg's and doesn't give a reason?

Eunuch
June 14th 2013


1245 Comments


I pos'd even though this album is garbo

DrMaximus
June 14th 2013


9264 Comments


I pos'd as well.

PortraitsOfDecay
June 15th 2013


206 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This was well worth the re-listen. The vocals grew on me a lot and the atmosphere is actually pretty terrifying at times.

dragoth
June 15th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Eunuch and DrMaximus thanks for pos

@Portraits - yeah it can take a few listens, the vocals are definitely not for everyone

Arnaud
June 15th 2013


183 Comments


@Eunuch: If anything I find it sad that an album that is so brilliant can miss as much as it does on
you.

For the review, I was randomly reading some reviews about this album as I was about to relisten to
it tonight and fell on this fresh new one. Needless to say that I'm glad to see some love for
Silencer!

Although I disagree on your first paragraph: Noktorn talks about it in his review here:

http://www.metal-archives.com/reviews/Silencer/Death_-_Pierce_Me/18867/Noktorn

Other than that, good solid review dragoth!


dragoth
June 17th 2013


237 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@Arnaud: Thank you, the first paragraph is just something that I see in some black metal bands, but thanks for the support



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