Pittsburgh metalcore band 156/Silence are back with this follow-up to last year’s ‘Don’t Hold Your Breath ‘ EP, and it’s a cracker. The first thing that hits you within this album is its intensity. Evident straight from the off in ‘A Past Embrace ‘. You feel like you’re on the edge of a cliff about to fall off, but gravity stops you, just so that you remain tense that little longer.
‘Narrative ‘ is the band’s third album and boasts everything you’d want from a floor-stomping juggernaut to pure un-sympathetic guitar riffage. As I blast through this album of pure filth it’s evident where the band’s influences come from. Coal Chamber, Slipknot possibly? Too many to mention, and too many to think of.
Single ‘For All To Blame ‘ bears slightly offset to the previous three tracks, being more forgiving when it comes to its brutality, and holds a more radio-friendly chorus. Watch it on the video link above.
Check out the main riff in ‘To Take Your Place ‘. Something else isn’t the word, but this album boasts diversity too, evident in ‘If Pleasure’s Gone ‘ with its punk/hardcore style unexpected ending. This band really are keeping nu-metal at the forefront of the current trend in releases, but they do have a darker side too in ‘Stay Away ‘. A four-minute epic of blackened and depressive riffs. The final track ‘Live To See A Darker Day ‘ is a seven-minute demonstration of pure genius. The perfect way to end an album. It oozes power and feeling and for me is the best track on this album.
If you like your new metal heavy, powerful, unforgivingly intense then this is the album for you and I urge you to give it a whirl.
You can pre-order HERE.
01 – A Past Embrace 02 – The Rodents Race 03 – Another Loss 04 – For All To Blame
05 – I Am A Fault 06 – To Take Your Place 07 – If Pleasure’s Gone 08 – Stay Away
09 – Tell The Reason 10 – Say The Phrase 11 – Live To See A Darker Day