Founded in 2008 by frontman Delacroix, Finnish industrial metal group Project Silence are certainly the most impressive band for this style from Finland. As is to be expected, the soundscape is cold, futuristic but still somehow has this warmth which is not always expected in this kind of style. The album is full of dynamic guitar-work with efforts like Flesh Of The God and The Era Of Fear which generate a successful “end of the world” like feeling that truly sounds as massive as possible. There’s some killer work here as the band can drop the industrial and present more traditional arrangements as in Titan and Apocalypse, with tight old school rhythms and mad screaming. Their new direction hints at Fear Factory or Lyfthrasyr with a mix of older Samael and …and Oceans.
One big surprise at the end, was the bonus song Termination In Progress, it’s refreshing and really different than the rest of the songs, a very engrossing track that really encapsulates the release as a ferocious and devastating effort.
Some might find fault with the band’s cold sound and very different approach than previous releases, but this is an almost flawless release in itself and if you forget they were more electronic before and listen to this as a death/black metal release with industrial influences, it definitely delivers.
Slave To The Machine | Released July 27th, 2016 on Sliptrick Records
01. Omen | 02. Flesh Of The God | 03. Circus Of Seven | 04. Apocalypse | 05. The Era Of Fear | 06. Prototype | 07. Sick (Slave To The Machine) | 08. Abyss | 09. Perversion | 10. The Nameless | 11. Titan | 12. Desperation | 13. Infection | 14. Invasion | 15. Termination In Progress
Project Silence are:
Delacroix – Vocals, Keyboards, Programming | J – Guitar | S – Guitar | Silve_R – Drums | Sturmpanzerjäger – Bass, Backing vocals