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The Silverblack - The Grand Turmoil

The Silverblack
The Grand Turmoil
by Garrett Davis at 08 August 2016, 12:51 PM

THE SILVERBLACK have a really interesting mix of industrial-metal I wasn't expecting when I started this review. Nero Argento has his hands in a lot of bands, and wears a lot of hats in the production room. The album is keyboard heavy which is different for most metal music but it does a great supporting role, working with the drums to set a beat or keeping up with some guitar solos. They do an interesting job of blending high, airy tones, and dark gutteral metal. I will definitely be looking for more from THE SILVERBLACK. The opening song has a mechanical sound to the whole track that was really engaging. I don't even like techno sounding industrial-metal to be honest, but this I got into! This namesake intro song, "The Grand Turmoil" has a harsh metal sound that blends with the industrial keyboard and vocals for a cool blending of tones.

"Anymore" has an aggressive theme and profanity almost to excess so I wouldn't recommend this one for family parties but it's a great song for personal listening. "Make it worth the Grime" has a grittier sound that fits the title, setting it apart slightly. "As Good As Dead" has an almost hip-hop style beat that sets a temp for the spoken lyrics for the first few moments. The track "Pyromanservant" definitely brings the fire with its hook and rapid pace. "Fragmentary Blue" chills you out with a stronger industrial sound and distorted mechanical vocals. I think blending of genres is a fascinating way to create all new sounds and bring together people who otherwise stay in their own genre-bubble. All in all, the album has a bigger lean towards techno with the aggression of metal underlying the whole thing. It is definitely a good introduction to the genre if you haven't gotten into it before, and if you already love it then THE SILVERBLACK is a great band to get into.

Songwriting: 7/10
Originality: 8/10
Memorability: 7/10
Production: 8/10

3 Star Rating

1. The Grand Turmoil
2. Anymore
3. King-Size Vandalism
4. Retaliation
5. Make It Worth the Grime
6. As Good As Dead
7. Attic Hime
8. Pyromanservant
9. Great Expectations
10. Might Get Worse Before It Gets Better
11. Fragmentary Blue
Nero Argento - Lead Guitar, Vocals, Synths, Loops and Programming
Claudio Ravinvale - Vocals
Ivan King - Bass
Rob Gaia - Drums
Nisha Sara - Live Keys and Performances
Record Label: Sliptrick Records


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