Silenced Minstrel - Volume 666 - Reviewed By OccultBlackMetalZine! Sunday September 5 2021, 11:10 AM
Silenced Minstrel - Volume 666 - Reviewed By OccultBlackMetalZine!

Silenced Minstrel - Volume 666 - Reviewed By OccultBlackMetalZine ! Check it out here at this link:

Malaysi'a  Silenced  Minstrel  have  returned  with  a  new  recording  which  shows  the  music  going  for  more  of  an  old  school  mixture  of  black  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  self  released  2021  album  "Volume  666".

  Dark  sounding  melodies  start  off  the  album  before  going  into  a  very  fast  and  raw  musical  direction  which  also  uses  a  great  amount  of  tremolo  picking  and  blast  beats.  All  of t he  drum beats  are  programmed  while  the  vocals  are  mostly  grim  black  metal s creams  that  show  influences  of  both  the  first  and  second  wave  era's.

  Elements  of  death  metal  are  also  utilized  quite  a  bit  throughout  the  recording  while  the  music  is  also very  heavily  rooted  in the  early  90's.  The  songs  also  add  in  a  decent  mixture  of  slow,  mid  paced  and  fast  parts  along  with  some  of  the  riffing  also  showing  an  influence  of  thrash  metal.

  A  couple  of  the  tracks  are  also  long  and  epic  in  length  along  with  a  couple  of  songs  also  introducing  clean  playing  onto  the  album  as  well  as  the  solos  and  leads  also  being  done  in  a  very  melodic  yet  old  school  style  when  they  are  utilized,  spoken  word  parts  and  whispers  can  also  be  heard  on  a  few  tracks  and  a  small  amount  of  keyboards  are  also  added  on  the  closing  song.  The  production  sounds  very  raw  and  old  school  while  the  lyrics  cover  Occultism,  Darkness  and  Anti  Religion  themes.   

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  album  from  Silenced  Minstrel  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  old  school  black  and  death  metal,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Unholy  Masticating  Void"  "Lore  Of  The  Red  Wind"  "Spawn  Of  The  Abyss"  and  "Of  Twilight  And  Forgotten  Ruins".  8  out  of  10. - OccultBlackMetalZine

Release Date: August 21, 2021

FFO: Abstracter, Petrification, Noose Rot

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 “Volume 666” is an album that came out in August 2021 and is a continuation of the artist’s previous musical inclination, direction and concept but with an addition of a new band logo and a slightly different album cover art.

In 2020 he decided to release a compilation album from the first 3 albums entitled “An Ode To A Sickening Year”, 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.

Album Cover Art  Front.jpg

Check them out on Spotify and add them to your playlists!

Follow the band at these links:

Photo 1.jpg

Reviews - Interviews - Promo - Radio Play



Dislike 0
comments powered by Disqus