Silenced Minstrel - Volume 6 - Reviewed By Occult Black Metal Zine ! Check it out here at this link: http://occultblackmetalzine.blogspot.com/2021/01/silenced-minstrelvolume-6-ode-to.html
Malaysia's Silenced Minstrel has returned with a new recording which consists of re-mixed versions of songs from his first 3 albums and this is a review of his self released 2020 album "Volume 6- An Ode To A Sickening Year".
A very heavy sound with goth style keyboards start off the album while the slower sections of the music also show an influence of 90's era doom/death metal. Vocals are done in a very aggressive screaming style along with some shouts also being utilized at times and spoken word parts can also be heard in certain sections of the recording.
Black metal screams are also utilized at times while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of tremolo picking and blast beats. All of the drum beats are also programmed along with some of the tracks also adding in a small amount of clean playing and all of the musical instruments also have a very powerful sound to them.
Throughout the compilation you can also hear a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts along with some of the riffing also showing an influence of thrash metal as well a couple tracks also being very long and epic in length Whispered vocals can also be heard briefly and when guitar solos and leads are finally utilized they are also done in a very melodic yet old school style, a later track also adds in a brief use of death metal growls. The production sounds very dark and raw while the lyrics cover occultism, immortality, vampirism, forbidden love and depression themes.
In my opinion this is a very great sounding collection from Silenced Minstrel which shows a completely different style from the previous recordings I have reviewed and if you are a fan of black and gothic metal, you should check out this compilation. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Chaos, Revisited" "Another black year" "Black Hearted Mystic" and "In Memoriam: October Skies". 8 out of 10. - Occult Black Metal Zine
Band: Silenced Minstrel
Band member (s):
Silenced Minstrel – All instruments, vocals, sound engineer, programmer, producer
Genre: Death/Black/Gothic Metal
Silenced Minstrel (age 44 years, born Saiful Nizam Shukor, 28th March 1976) is a full time singer, songwriter musician from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. Been playing music since 1991 he co-founded HALUN, a gothic black metal band back in 1996, produced several demos, one EP and one LP before the badly deformed monstrosity was laid to rest in 2015. Writing and producing mostly in his bedroom studio nicknamed “Sky Panacea Enterprise” he spent the entire 2016 gathering writing and recording materials for his debut album “Volume 1” choosing to name it as such as to not make it sounds too rockstar-ish.
The sixth album “An Ode To A Sickening Year” is a compilation album from the first three albums, containing nine remixed and partially re-recorded tracks plus a tenth bonus-track at the end of it. It was intended as an allusion to the volatile evolution of the band’s sound during the past five years and, granted, the artist may or may not reuse these musical elements again in the band’s future releases.
The fifth album “Volume 5” saw the further development of sound and direction from the previous album, adding also an orchestral style instrumental black metal song as the last track of the album, a song that hearkens back to his old days in HALUN.
The fourth album “Volume 4” saw him disposing of all the gothic melodic stuff and straight into just vocals guitars bass and drums, trying to go as dry and as harsh as he can, tackling on darker themes like deviant spirituality, Satanism, atheism, philosophy and dark fantasy. Fast tempo is the name of the game; the drums gained more prominence and absolutely no melodic stuff present on this album.
The third album “Volume 3” saw him moving ever closer towards a more melodic black metal sound than the old one, this time the long ditched MIDI orchestra element restored along with some double-layered bass guitar tracks and even gloomier atmosphere than before, reflecting the state of his mind, body, spirit and environment that he’s at during that period of time; with traces of anger, hatred, betrayal and vengeance gracing every song in the album (he fully recovered from his decade long clinical depression that same year).
The second album “Volume 2” saw some maturity in his songwriting, the MIDI orchestra part ditched altogether and it also saw a fair amount of rough edges deliberately highlighted in the mix, and a lot more gothic atmosphere throughout than before especially in the lyrics department, where he wrote songs about the occult, immortality, vampirism and forbidden love between the mortal and the damned, also some cryptic poetic inclinations thrown to the mix just for the heck of it.
“Volume 1” is a combination of melodic gothic stuff mixed with thrash, death and doom metal riffs and black metal atmosphere, utilizing the most basic of guitar effects, cheap keyboards/ synthesizers and MIDI orchestra throughout the entire album to produce something that he’d always wanted to do: anything that didn’t sound like his former band! The album is completed in September but it be long after the production of the second album was underway when that album graced the scene...
The artist is currently occupied promoting his new album, gathering materials for future albums and also working on his other band “Shadowed Grace” playing New Age Scifi Fantasy Instrumental Synthesizer music. Silenced Minstrel is unsigned and is looking for exposure, a recording contract and developing fanbases all across the globe.
BAND AND ALBUM LINKS:
Volume 1 (2017)
1 Chaos, Revisited
2 I Remember…Insanity
3 Black Hearted Sufi
4 Twilight Catharsis
5 Misery, Revisited
6 Enemy Within Me…
7 Johnny Demonic
8 13th May 69 (Instrumental)
Volume 2 (2018)
1 Into The Void
2 Morbid Endings I Wished For Them
3 I Shall Miss Quintessa
4 (Blood Red Flowers) Bleeding Moon
5 Entangled In Thorns
6 Another Black Year
7 Dark Deceptions
8 Another Black Year (Instrumental)
Volume 3 (2019)
1 Valedictory Sigh
2 Canto Diablo 1 – Demonic Epiphany
3 In Memoriam (Undertaker’s Lament)
4 In Memoriam (I Will Keep On Going)
5 Laying Down The Wreaths
6 Merentap Tirai Senja
7 Incantations In Tongues
8 Valedictory Sigh (Instrumental)
Volume 4 (2020)
1 The Black Journal Of Alkrun-Nar
2 The Dark Almighty
3 The Silenced Minstrel
4 Mortifications Of The Flesh
5 Godkiller (Forever Burning Me)
6 Dark Brotherhood Of The Mind-Benders
7 Laments From A Forgotten Age
8 The Final Journey
9 Canto Diablo 2 – Necrotic Mantras
10 Quod Damnum Omnis Spes
Volume 5 (2020)
1 Unenlightened Beasts
2 Twilight Of Religion
3 Hell On Earth
4 Descent Into Madness
5 Canto Diablo 3 – Plagued By The Future
6 Canto Diablo 4 – Ballad For Satan
7 Ex Lucis Tenebris
8 Night Hunt Of The Unseelie
9 Dirge Of The Eternal Winter
10 Regina Of The Blessed Moon (Instrumental)
An Ode To A Sickening Year (Remixed 2020 Compilation)
1 Chaos, Revisited
2 I Shall Miss Quintessa
3 Valedictory Sigh
4 Misery, Revisited
5 Another Black Year
6 In Memoriam: Undertaker’s Lament
7 Black-Hearted Mystic
8 Blood-Red Flowers Bleeding Moon
9 Canto Diablo 1: Demonic Epiphany
10 In Memoriam: October Skies