Silent Planet - Everything Was Sound
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Silent Planet was a band that I had heard very little about before the announcement of their second full length record Everything Was Sound besides them being on tour with Gideon about a year ago. Around December, Brian, Alex and I were at a show and saw Chris from Currents decked out in one of the bands sweatshirts and decided maybe they were good and we should look them up. Needless to say, Silent Planet has been one of my most played bands since, providing the same chills every time I listen to the band.
When the first single from the record titled “Panic Room” was released, I was blown away. Not only did it feel like the same amazing band I had fell in love with, it got better. Garrett Russell (lead/heavy vocals) has gotten progressively more brutal since The Night God Slept was released, especially noticeable on his lower-toned screams. He apparently got help from vocalists such as Ryan Kirby from Fit For a King to “channel his inner dragon,” in his own words. Not only did Garrett and the band expand their range of tones, but they also tackled much darker concepts, making Everything Was Sound a completely new experience.
Immediately, you can feel the poetic metalcore you will only find in bands like Silent Planet from the first track, “Inherit The Earth.” It provides a very mellow, soul-soothing, but crushing intro to the record making you feel very good about what is still to come for this band. “Psychescape,” the second song and also the second single, features vocals from Spencer Chamberlain of the beloved Underoath that basically perfects the tone of the song. “Dying in Circles” is for sure one of the heavier hitters on the album, with a background ambiance that almost feels like something out of a Call of Duty zombies song, making it an unforgettable track.
“Understanding Love as Loss” is a much softer, more emotional tune, which is not to say that the entire album isn’t packed with emotion and sincerity. I had originally heard a sample of this tune from a Twitter poll asking what single they should release next, although I believe “Orphan” won by a long shot. Regardless, “REDIVIDEЯ” is one of my favorite songs on the album due to the instrumental work that just really gives you a feel for what the band truly is all about: crushing, progressive vocals over some amazing riffs and a really undertoned bass and keyboard. It provides the right amount of tranquility while still giving you that full metalcore experience.
“Nervosa” features some of the best clean vocals Silent Planet have ever put out, next to “The Well,” because of the presence of Cory Brandan (Norma Jean). Whatever Cory does, whether it’s with NJ or his new side project Hundred Suns, his vocals are easily distinguished. “Orphan” is one of the most easily forgettable tracks on the record, and that’s not even necessarily a bad thing so to say - it’s just easily outdone by the rest of the songs, but you can never forget the chorus and the power of lyrics like, “When all we know is death, the world of orphan.”
“No Place to Breathe,” which is one of the final tracks on Everything Was Sound, has a prog metal feel to it. I found it one of the most enjoyable new surprises on the record, among a ton that I have not discussed. “First Father” also was a very pleasant counterpart to “First Mother (Lilith)” from The Night God Slept. I had absolutely no clue we needed a continuation until I actually listened to the track, and what mother doesn’t want the father figure too, right? “Inhabit The Wound” closes the album perfectly, and I already cannot wait to play the absolute hell out of this record until we get something new in a year or two from the band.
One last word on the record: Silent Planet still maintain the most beautiful instrumental interlude tracks I’ve ever heard in my life. Tracks such as “Tout Comprendre” and “C'est Tout Pardonner” are among the most heart-wrenching things I’ve ever heard a metal band put out, almost topping Polyphia has ever put out (although I may be pushing it a bit).
If you’re looking for a great new adventure or if you’ve been sleeping on Silent Planet, now is the time to hop on the train and get going. These guys are guaranteed to only get better, as proven with Everything Was Sound.
- Dakota G.