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The Void Falls Silent

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The Void Falls Silent
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Type: EP
Release Date: 2002
Label: Gladiator Records
Genre: Metalcore, Technical
1. The Void Falls Silent
2. I Was Born A Vietnam Vet
3. Do You Wanna Play Bloody Knuckles
4. The Digital Wending Vs. The Little Guy
5. The Mating Habits Of A Blind Misanthrope
6. Occam's Razor
7. Letter To The (R)evolution

Review by Michael on April 29, 2002.

Light Is The Language are an interesting band. They are what Agoraphobic Nosebleed would be if they actually made any attempt to play their instruments. More Hardcore than Metal, "The Void Falls Silent" covers some very experimental and at times avant guard-like directions in its delivery. The consistant theme running through this album is the ever popular “anti-modern society” subject, but as all punks like to do, Light is the Language have taken it to the next level of self loathing with a general hatred toward all human beings. It is always a refreshing change from blood and gore…

The music itself has some excellent moments, but they never last long enough. Even though the intent is there and all movements in the album were planned, this recording as a whole is too disjointed. Too many directions and styles trying to be incorporated into a limited number of songs. At times it can be very difficult to listen to, as keeping up with what the song is trying to achieve is task in itself. Simplicty would have been the answer here…but I am aware that in genre’s like this, that’s not a priority. Its how many riffs and disjointed guitar lines you have in a song that make it!

The musicianship on "The Void Falls Silent" is better than many other bands pushing the same boundaries. It is obvious that the band members are capable musicians who are playing some very difficult parts. Production wise, this album is well above many similar bands I’ve heard. The drums are very well recorded especially… well the high hats are too loud but that’s a personal thing! The guitars sound ok, but more clarity would have gone a long way to giving the band a helping hand in the delievery of the music.

Bottom Line: If you are into bands like Dillenger Escape Plan and Agoraphobic Nosebleed to some extent then "The Void Falls Silent" will be well within your tastes.

Categorical Rating Breakdown

Originality: 7
Musicianship: 7
Atmosphere: 6
Production: 7
Overall: 6.5

Rating: 6.7 out of 10