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Silent Temple biography
Founded in Chicago, USA in 2009

SILENT TEMPLE is an American Crossover Progressive Rock band from the Midwest. The band was formed by pianist Amos HART, who previously had only written music for solo piano. Upon hearing KANSAS "Apercu" and OPETH's "Damnation", HART was inspired to begin writing music for a rock band setting. The original lineup included HART on Piano and Vocals, Miles TRITLE on Guitar, and Harry VANDERWEIDE on Drums. The band recorded their first album entitled "Ruins" from 2012 through 2013. TRITLE left the band shortly after.

At this point SILENT TEMPLE became more of a solo project for HART, as he composed all of the band's music. In 2014, "Place Of The Forgotten", the project's second album, was recorded at Stay Anchored Studios by producer Caleb KUENNEN. HART playing most of the instruments while VANDERWEIDE continued to play the drums. Members of one of HART's other projects, the power folkmetal band EIKTHYRNIR, contributed the flute, lead guitar and additional vocals on "Place of the Forgotten".

Silent Temple's music creates a sound that includes a vast array of influences, both Prog and otherwise, with an emphasis on acoustic atmospheres. HART's piano work is featured throughout the music. The nature of the project is very eclectic as HART is planning on making their next release a fully acoustic, more folk related work. Fans of Tori AMOS' piano work and JETHRO TULL may enjoy SILENT TEMPLE.


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4.00 | 2 ratings
3.88 | 8 ratings
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Where The Waters Run Clear

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 Place Of The Forgotten by SILENT TEMPLE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.88 | 8 ratings

Place Of The Forgotten
Silent Temple Crossover Prog

Review by Phantom Trollbooth

4 stars SILENT TEMPLE's second offering - Place Of The Forgotten - flows from song to song as a single emotional piece about the solace of nature in a world of war and greed. HART's deep resonant voice provides a refreshing contrast to the more conventional vocals in Crossover Prog. Vocals are hardly the focus of this album, though. HART's background in solo piano work is evident here, with his keyboard work providing the backbone for this album. The recording quality for the keyboards is exceptional for such a young band. In fact, all the instruments: flute, drums, violin, bass, and guitar are crystal clear. I only wish that the vocal recording for HART and BEIRD could have been as crisp; the vocals are a bit muted and sound like they were recorded through a thick filter, making them feel thin in a few places.

Inspiration from the bands listed on SILENT TEMPLE's PA bio: KANSAS, OPETH (Damnation), and JETHRO TULL can be detected, but I wouldn't call SILENT TEMPLE a carbon copy of any of these bands. They already possess a refreshing signature sound of their own, and I look forward to seeing what they release in the future, particularly if they explore more of the acoustic side where they shine.

A solid 4 star album from a band with much potential. Add another half star if you are into Opeth's lighter side.

Highlights: The Lamentation, To Heal In The Still Of The Night, And Shall The Winter Heal/ Place Of The Forgotten

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