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Age Of Silence


Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

2.96 | 12 ratings

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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 rapid, Voivod-ish guitar riffs and no flying pig skulls ko'ing the headbanging followers here. And Hellhammer has surrounded himself with a group of very talented and able musicians to make this excellent project.

With songs that sound more like titles of Dali paintings, Andy Winter and Lars A. Nedland (aka Lazare) create a concept ep about a shopping mall in Hell, with some very evilly humorous lyrics, with lots of cleverly used satanic references (my favorite is the license plate of the Lamourghini Diablo blocking the only exit and the name of the coffee and bun kiosk-Beezlebuns). The best way to describe the sound is that it is reminiscent of Yes on harmony, but with a more agressive sound. Helge K. Haugen (Kobbergaard) and Joacim Solheim (Extant) provide expert guitarwork that brings alot of energy to the songs and complements the lyrics beautifully and Hellhammer proves to be a wonderful progressive metal drummer yet again.

This album is worth a spin or two, even by folks normally turned off by prog-metal, as there are no "cookie monster" vocals or over the top narrations that normally tend to deter people from the genre.

darksinger | 4/5 |


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