Silent Planet - When The End Began
Review by Shannon Shumaker
When The End Began, the latest full-length release from Silent Planet is the full package. From an intense, eerie mood that encompasses the entire album to meaningful, heartfelt and thought-provoking lyrical content and the band’s willingness to try new things coupled with powerful vocal work, When The End Began is sure to be a game-changing release for the metalcore genre.
Three songs in with “Northern Fire (Guernica)”, the band quickly addresses one of the main themes of When The End Began with the line, “Fighting to find our humanity.” No matter the subject - from drug addiction and the opioid epidemic to consumerism and feeling disconnected from others - the album continues to circle back to a theme of humanity and compassion. Despite how dark these songs may feel sonically, there’s a light in each and every one that’ll quickly inspire both fans of Silent Planet and new listeners.
And sonically, When The End Began is absolutely devastating. Rich guitar work and a spectacular vocal flow on songs like “Northern Fires (Guernica)” balance wonderfully with soaring clean vocals and short stints of spoken word. Songs like “Visible Unseen” stand out with a stunning clean chorus, wild drums, sweeping guitar work and poetic lyrics like “Hell is a place / It’s in the secrets we keep” and “This isn’t love this is escape.” Meanwhile, the album’s beautiful interludes, “Look Outside - Dream” and “Look Inside - Awake” manage to help break up what would otherwise feel like a very intense and unrelenting release.
Each song on When The End Began is strong for different reasons, and each is worthy of picking apart both lyrically and sonically, but there are definitely a few that stand out more than the others. One of these is “Vanity Of Sleep,” which touches on obsession with consumerism and a lack of human connection. Not only does “Vanity Of Sleep” hit home in 2018, when it is very easy to become disconnected from those around you, but it also stands out sonically as one of the most theatrical songs on the album. Another standout is the mellow and somber following song, “In Absence,” which serves as a perfect middle track. Then there’s the mind blowing “Lower Empire,” which feels like a push and pull between the light and dark of the album, transitioning between wild guitar work and chaotic screams to ambient, otherworldly instrumentals within seconds.
When The End Began feels like healing. By highlighting the ugly truths of today’s society, Silent Planet have created a very cathartic release. Silent Planet remind their listeners that life is what they make of it and encourage them to be compassionate and connect with others. Despite how dark it might feel, When The End Began is an incredible hopeful release, and one that the metalcore scene needs right now.
LISTEN TO: “Northern Fires (Guernica)” “Vanity of Sleep” or “Lower Empire”
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