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2.96 | 12 ratings | 4 reviews | 0% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. The Idea of Independence and the Reason Why it's Austere (6:24)
2. Mr. M, Man of Muzak (4:09)
3. Vouchers, Coupons and the End of a Shopping Session (5:29)

Total Time: 16:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Lars Nedland (Lazare) / vocals
- Lars Eric Si (Eikind) / bass
- Jan Axel Von Blomberg (Hellhammer) / drums
- Extant / guitar
- K. Haugen (Kobbergaard) / guitar
- Andy Winter / keyboards

Releases information

CD The End Records (2005)

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(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(0%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(17%)
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AGE OF SILENCE Complications - Trilogy Of Intricacy reviews

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Age of Silence is a Norwegian project group, consisting of more or less famous musicians from different black metal bands. "Complications" is an EP released in 2005, to satisfy fans awaiting their second full length album.

Musically the band members background from (modern) black metal isn't very noticeable. Although several details and nuances in the soundscape are recognizeable from this genre of music - synths barely heard fleshing out the soundscape, slight nuances when changing tempo, melodic overlays from guitars tuned way down to create a very subtle effect - the music on this record has more similarities with doom metal than with black metal. The guitars are the main instrument here, but played mostly with long, drawn-out chords rather than the fast-paced aggressive riffing you'll find in black metal. The second most noticeable element here are the vocals, actual singing with clean vocals, most often harmonic and at times layered vocals as well. The overall soundscape is dark and gritty though, with the vocals bringing light and beauty into a rather grim and dark - but epic - soundscape.

As for the songs on this release, they are all good - especially if nuances and details are to your liking. The songs are too monotonus and repetetive though; at least for me. The first and last of these three songs have most variation, and due to that are better than the one in the middle for me.

Review by sleeper
3 stars Considering the abysmal effort of the band on its one and only album, Acceleration, I wasn't hoping for much from the follow up EP, Complications: Trilogy of Intricacy, and was expecting even less. So you can imagine my surprise on playing this EP and finding 3 songs of fairly high quality, certainly far ahead of where the ban had been only a year before hand.

The one real strength of the bands first album, Andy Winters excellent keyboard playing, remains intact for this album but the major areas of my discontent have been addressed. Namely, production is now top notch with a sharp, punchy sound from the drums and feeling of depth to the guitars, composition is far better than before, with memorable melodies being supplied in full and the singer, Lazare, is more tuneful than before, though he's no Daniel Gildenlow. I knew the band had it in them as they've proved it in Winds but this is the only recording from Age of Silence that demonstrates these abilities. Pick of the (small) bunch here is the opening track, The Idea of Independence and the Reason Why It's Austere (almost as much of a mouthful as a Red Sparrows song title), for it contains the above mentioned elements at their best. In the end, though, there is only 15 minutes of music and the uncomfortable resemblance to Winds remains strong so 3 stars.

Latest members reviews

2 stars 'Meh'. I bought this CD in a shop in Germany for 50 cents or something equally daft. I'd never heard of Age of Silence (and apparently, neither had anyone else, since they were in the literal bargain bin), but it was a metal CD, so why not? Labelled as avant-garde metal... whatever the hell ... (read more)

Report this review (#1978362) | Posted by martindavey87 | Friday, August 17, 2018 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Most people are familiar with Hellhammer (Jan Axel Blomberg) from the infamous Mayhem. However, he has involved himself with quite a few progressive metal acts, including Arcturus, the classical-music inspired Winds and this, Age of Silence. There are no "screamin' Norwegian" vocals, no rapi ... (read more)

Report this review (#89047) | Posted by darksinger | Tuesday, September 5, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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