Ceremonium
No Longer Silent


4.5
superb

Review

by the original metal understander EMERITUS
August 14th, 2023 | 33 replies


Release Date: 2000 | Tracklist

Review Summary: lost but not forgotten

Melodic metal is awesome, unless it isn’t. Unfortunately, most of it isn’t. Power metal and melodic death metal may be the worst genres of music ever made. Luckily we have bands like Ceremonium who write melodic metal that rules. Hailing from New York, No Longer Silent is the band’s second and final record, released to be forgotten in a time when death metal was all but dead and everyone was listening to other metal that sucks.

No Longer Silent is equal parts death, doom, and melodic metal in a way where it isn’t altogether any of those genres. Its strength lies in the fact that it’s just really dynamic, well written, expertly composed gloomy, moody death metal. There are no plodding, boring doom sections, there are no annoying Gothernburg-esque butterfly riffs, and there are no uninteresting, mid-paced chug-death sections. From the opening notes of the first track until the very end, No Longer Silent consists of one great riff after another, infusing strong melodies with inventive, aggressive grooves and song structures that feel fresh for the entire length of the album. The production is natural and powerful with a rhythm section performed by an expert drummer who provides consistently compelling fills and grooves with impeccable timing and craft. It’s everything you could possibly want out of a death metal album performed with skill and attention to detail that seems all but lost in the current age of DAW’s and sloppy one-man bedroom projects.

As much as it sucks that great bands like this were ignored in favor of the kind of shitty Revolver-core that was all the rage around the turn of the century, the world wide web has helped preserve music like this for obsessive internet denizens like myself to discover and fawn over on niche, hobbyist forums. While a band like this should have had a long, productive, illustrious career, what they were able to produce is good enough, and hopefully word-of-mouth can help these albums garner enough attention to be fully appreciated. Anyone who is into any kind of melodic extreme metal should grab a copy and listen to this as soon as humanly possible. If you’re a true music fan, there’s no way you won’t enjoy every second of this underrated, underheard, and underappreciated slab of groovy, moody gloom death.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 14th 2023


26268 Comments


can someone please explain to me how to embed the bandcamp link at the bottom of reviews. ive tried all flavors of the embed code and none of them seem to work and im far too stupid to figure it out on my own.

anyways jam this asap thanks.

https://destrorecords.bandcamp.com/album/no-longer-silent

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2023


10267 Comments


God tier write up will cheque

AsleepInTheBack
Staff Reviewer
August 14th 2023


10267 Comments


Also I once knew how to do the embed but that knowledge has been lost to the ether

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 14th 2023


26268 Comments


it shows up on new reviews all the time so someone has to know.

guess i need to ping sowing.

ffs
August 14th 2023


6246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

very cool

ffs
August 14th 2023


6246 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cromlech was a great choice of a cover

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 14th 2023


26268 Comments


you know, I thought I’d heard that riff before but I guess my last two functioning brain cells didn’t make the connection until right now…

brainmelter
Contributing Reviewer
August 14th 2023


8352 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice little write up! this album dooms less than Into the Autumn Shade and that’s why I prefer it

ShadowRemains
August 14th 2023


27840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh fucking hell yeah

this album is lit as hell

Hawks
August 14th 2023


89541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

A Hype 4.5 review??? Gotta jam this asap.

Hyperion1001
Emeritus
August 14th 2023


26268 Comments


you will love this hawks jam asap

Hawks
August 14th 2023


89541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Bout 2 now. m///

Hawks
August 14th 2023


89541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Just started and I already love it lmao. Man I'm getting some bm in those riffs too. m///

ShadowRemains
August 14th 2023


27840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

not enough bands did this crunchy/chunky melodic death style, gloom death is an optimal description

this band keeps up the speed as well which differs from my dying bride/etc.

Hawks
August 14th 2023


89541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Gloom death is literally the perfect description for this.

ShadowRemains
August 14th 2023


27840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh and listen to mortal incarnation if you like this record, similar type of feel with that

Hawks
August 14th 2023


89541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Looking them up now!

ShadowRemains
August 14th 2023


27840 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

it's like incantation blended with disembowelment and this

Hawks
August 14th 2023


89541 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Got the EP saved.

Casavir
August 14th 2023


5645 Comments


clown opening to this but solid review anyway



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