Brisbane, Australia metal powerhouse A Breach of Silence (ABOS) recently signed to Eclipse Records and brought with them a sound unlike many others. These metal madmen play what they call “powercore madness” and have debuted on the label with a shining example of just what they mean with their album Dead or Alive. They pull no punches in their delivery of unrelenting, incendiary guitar riffs and unexpected accompaniments, all in the hopes of creating a musical masterpiece. This eleven song metal opus presents an eclectic musical sampler of impressive composition and vocal diversity.
Opening with “Blind” Dead of Alive is a gripping metal opus full of intense growls, ripping screams and classical under torrent and chorus that adds to the grandeur of the presentation. The chugging guitars make the song leap and jump forward with impressive momentum, and the track helps kickstart the rest of the album. In “Dawn To Rise” the same melodic chorus characteristics are present while accompanied by a high octave, piercing carried note and guttural breakdown that almost creates nostalgia via 80s metal for the song.
There are times in which the construction and composition of the dynamic elements in place create an almost Hatebreed meets Turisas sound. ABOS creates a swirling whirlwind of sonic symphonies in their classic metal elements paired with new age compositions and well-layered construction. It’s the technical aspects that make this album great and it’s obvious that the construction was important to the band in the way it comes across to the listener. Whereas some bands, at times, seem to have thrown all their instruments together, record it and see what happens, it’s clear that ABOS wanted everyone to get equal attention on every track. “Eyes Of The Enemy” opens with an attention-getting electronic synthesis that transcends into heavy rolling drums and guitar only to fade back to the electro element and ambush you with the full ensemble. It is unexpected and intriguing with this kind of opening, and the use of synthetic samples helps build the anticipation and curiosity. This song is a favorite on this album, not only because of the interesting composure, but because of the vocal dynamics and message.
“This life’s too short to care about all of the lies that come out of their mouths...”- “Circles”
As Dead or Alive goes on songs like “Circles,” “There Will Be Blood,” “Empty Smile,” and “Like Sand Through The Hour Glass” carry on the intensity and melodic/scream balance listeners will have become accustom to by now. There are moments throughout the album when elements of Killswitch Engage and Silent Civilian come through with striking clarity. Whether these parallels were intended or not is unknown, but their presence only adds to the ferocity of ABOS’s impact. Between the harmonic breakdowns, rollicking drums, steady bass lines and escalating guitars, the songs on Dead or Alive run rampant with symphonic diversity and instrumental collusion.
It is rare to find a record you not only love to hear, but respect the creation of as well and Dead or Alive is one of those records. While the metal world has seen the creation of some phenomenal albums by incredible artists, A Breach Of Silence is well on their way to joining that conversation with their Eclipse debut. This album not only features a little something for everyone, but highlights some the very best things about metal, the art, the technique and the messages that make not only an album, but an artist great. These guys are working every element at their disposal and once more people catch on, it’s just a matter of time before people start to pay attention to their craftsmanship.
You can check out A Breach Of Silence on Facebook, Twitter or Myspace. You can pick up Dead or Alive on iTunes or the Eclipse Records shop. If you’re a fan of Killswitch, Silent Civilian, or Asking Alexandria you should love A Breach Of Silence!