Silent Planet
Everything Was Sound


4.5
superb

Review

by Christopher Geriak USER (66 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2016 | 92 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: I'll take you to the edge of reason

The past couple of years haven’t exactly been that kind to a lot of the Christian rock and metal bands that we’ve known for the past fifteen years. Granted there have a been a couple that have stay strong throughout this time period but it seems that with each release they’re beginning to drop like flies, and it’s been especially become clear with the recent, albeit unsurprising, demise of Thousand Foot Krutch and the inevitable death of Skillet. That being said, the release of Wolves At The Gate’s VxV in 2014 seemed to showcase that a new generation of Christian music was on the rise. Not just one that is going to repeat the same formulas of successful bands (which, let’s admit, was one of the main problems with the genre before 2010), but a generation that seems to finally seemed to feel relevant with this current age of music. And nowhere is this any more clearer than Silent Planet’s sophomore album Everything Was Sound.

Silent Planet’s debut, The Night God Slept, was somewhat of a surprise hit. Managing to grab a spot on a well-known and respected record label early on (Solid State Records) and touring with some of these rising stars in the Christian music industry saw the band reaching success early on. It was a decent album overall, but if anything it felt a little too much like and Underoath-lite record. Its excellent production and great vocal performances and lyricism were certainly enough the save it but it definitely gave them the issue of failing to find their own sound. However, that problem seems to be fixed with Everything Was Sound. Every single aspect of the band has been improved, from the vocals to the instrumentation. The melodies are much stronger than they were before, with songs like ‘Orphan’ and ‘Nervosa’ delivering some of the strongest vocal hooks the band has created while the atmospheric characteristics of ‘Inhabit The Wound’ and lead single ‘Panic Room’ help deliver some of the more moodier aspects that were found in the previous record.

The instrumentation is incredibly well executed, especially on songs like ‘First Father’ and ‘REDIVIDEЯ’, with Spencer Keene and Mitchell Stark delivering some of the best guitar work within the band’s career. However, it’s not just the riffs that are impressive, but the atmospheric tones that Keener brings to the table are what help the band deliver their own unique sound. Meanwhile Thomas’ bass lines and Alex’s drumming help provides much of the album’s structure, particularly on the heavier tracks such as 'Psychescape' and 'Dying in Circles', the former easily being the best off the record thanks to Spencer Chamberlin’s guest vocals. Garrett Russell’s vocal performance carry most of the emotion in the record which in turns gives each song a sense of purpose, with Russell utilizing his lower growls much more often than the debut. The atmospheric layering of Keene’s production also helps highlight some of the more emotional moments, as well as delivering some uneasy parts as well such as ‘C'est Tout Pardonner’, the somewhat creepy instrumental that leads up to orphan.

However, it’s the lyrics that are the record’s ultimate selling point. The strong symbolism found in the album is somewhat unsettlingly relatable, dealing with topics of PTSD and suicide in ‘Panic Room’ and ‘Understanding Love as Loss’ and schizophrenia in ‘Psychescape’. Hearing the lyrics ‘I’ve waited on the tracks of reason; but the train of thought; it never came’, from ‘Psychescape’ and finding out just how accurate these portrayals of mental instability are is pretty scary, and surprisingly dark for a Christian band in general. However, not all of these lyrics are incredibly depressing, as the last two songs ‘First Father’ and ‘Inhabit the Wound’ ends the album on a much lighter note of just knowing how powerful love can really be. Sure it may be a bit preachy, but at least it proves that Silent Planet are able to create meaningfully upbeat songs with a powerful message.

Everything Was Sound is not only the best Christian metal record this year, but also one of the best and possibly one of the more important albums of the year overall. With this record as well as other bands that are showing more and more potential, we’re witnessing a new, rejuvenated, and exciting generation of Christian music that will hopefully garner a much bigger audience as time goes on. Everything Was Sound showcases Silent Planet at the top of their game and will certainly label them as one of the front runners of this new movement in the music industry. For those looking for a metal album that will give you an experience, do yourselves a favor and give this a listen.



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Toondude10
July 3rd 2016


11316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

had to proofread this myself because the site wanted to die again :-/ so additional feedback is appreciated



I enjoyed this way more than I expected, especially considering my opinion on their last album.

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torts
July 3rd 2016


4300 Comments


booty ass/10

probably good review tho

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
July 3rd 2016


10124 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not sure about your almost constant repetition of them being a christian band and the "christian music scene" since I didnt feel like it was really of any importance to the album/review. kinda feels like filler information to me. rest of the review seems fine at a glance



guess ill jam this. their last album was pretty good

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Toondude10
July 3rd 2016


11316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I find that a lot of Christian rock and metal are basically becoming laughing stocks, with a few exceptions, especially considering the ones that do receive any attention are the shit ones (i.e. Skillet, TFK, P.O.D.)



I basically wanted to point out that there seems to be some sort of "new wave" of Christian music that feels like is getting more and more relevant and I feel like we're just starting to see the surface. That being said I see your point so I'll try and tidy that up when I get the chance.

LordePots
July 3rd 2016


37737 Comments


"I find that a lot of Christian rock and metal are basically becoming laughing stocks,"

bahahahaha

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Toondude10
July 3rd 2016


11316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

love you too pots :-)

LordePots
July 3rd 2016


37737 Comments


christian rock and metal bands have been the laughing stocks of their respective genres since before you were even born tbh

Danred97
July 3rd 2016


1422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The most solid Metalcore release this year. I'm actually kind of shocked how well crafted this album is. If I had one complaint, it would be that a some of the songs have almost identical cadences and tempos.

Durrzo
July 4th 2016


1458 Comments


Agree with Game about the "Christian band" aspect of the review. It felt like it was mentioned in every other sentence, and it's really not relevant to the music itself. Kinda felt like a lot of pointless commentary.

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2016


13089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

why is this band getting bummed out so hard, theyre pretty mediocre core and take theirselves way too seriously

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torts
July 4th 2016


4300 Comments


"The most solid Metalcore release this year. I'm actually kind of shocked how well crafted this album is. If I had one complaint, it would be that a some of the songs have almost identical cadences and tempos."

this is ducking hilarious


Danred97
July 4th 2016


1422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Love you torts ;)



I don't know, it works for me. Opinions I guess.

JeetJeet
July 4th 2016


4313 Comments


I've been hearing so much about this band lately. I guess this is the album I should try first? Soooo many people have been praising this.

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Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
July 4th 2016


13089 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i dunno man theres a lot better core out there imo this is pretty stale to me

JeetJeet
July 4th 2016


4313 Comments


Youre probably right but imo there's only been 2 core albums to come out this year that really impressed me. I'm willing to give an unknown a chance. 13 songs on here tho jeeeez.

Danred97
July 4th 2016


1422 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well, two of them are basically interludes, so there's that.

Durrzo
July 4th 2016


1458 Comments


This or their debut work as a starting place, not sure which I prefer yet but they're both pretty great.

Evreaia
July 4th 2016


4883 Comments


The PTSD single was pretty fucking awesome, was not sold on the other singles and thus not sure if I should check this.

Toondude10
July 4th 2016


11316 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I honestly think their debut is a bit overrated. There weren't as many hooks as there was on here.

Durrzo
July 4th 2016


1458 Comments


Their debut was a bit more focused on atmosphere, which I liked a lot. Or maybe it wasn't more, just different. Either way, it worked for me.



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