So. Bands break up. It sucks, but that’s the way of things. For most of them, the reason is pure and simple; on some level, they suck. Whether it’s only a little, or harder than a $20 hooker, it doesn’t matter; the world doesn’t lose a whole bunch. The members go on with their lives, and probably go on to make a greater impact in other areas of society. Like being a Turkey between November and December.
Then there are bands that are forced into submission for other reasons: money, conflict – both personal and artistic – or sometimes the fanbase only comes after they’re long gone.
This is a chronicle of those bands. Most you will not have heard of, for the very reason that they’re not even around to promote themselves any more. But trust me, they are bands that you really really should have heard of.
2010 has been the year of djent. Coincidentally, it is also the year that long-time practitioners of the form Fellsilent…well, fell silent (yeah, I went there). Yet again I came late to the party; I only heard about them when the news of their demise broke back in April of this year – back before I’d really investigated the form.
They had been going a long time too, so in retrospect I’m kind of surprised I hadn’t until then. I like to think myself fairly caught up on current British metal, but somehow these guys slipped under my radar, despite having formed in 2003. But what are you gonna do?
- 01. Erase/Begin
- 02. Double Negative
- 03. Drowned In My Enemy
- 04. Oblique
- 05. Void
- 06. Mindless Self
- 07. Immerse
- 08. Emerge
- 09. Silence Is The Loudest Cry For Help
- 10. The Sleeper Must Awake
- 11. Age of Deception
Released back in 2008, The Hidden Words was an aggressive take on the chuggy gospel set forth by Meshuggah. Channeling the spirit of SikTh with their dual-vocalist approach, the album assaults from note one like your grandma at a Black Friday yarn sale. That shit gets messy.
It’s partly due to the two frontmen, Neema Askari and Joe Garrett, that this is achieved. Their voices are coarse and unrelenting – think along the lines of you when you sing in the shower, only on purpose – often alternating in pitch.
I’m gonna be super lazy this week and move right onto the ‘where are they now?’ section, because I’m away this weekend and still have stuff to do for that. Sorry.
So where are they now? Well, I’m glad you asked! Although he left in 2009, guitarist Acle Kahney is probably the best know – at least round these parts – having founded the most excellent TesseracT, who have had a fantastic few months; releasing the EP Concealing Fate to rapturous e-plause, and supporting the mighty Devin Townsend Project on their first headlining US tour.
Neema and other guitarist John Browne have continued their work in side-project Monuments, who are gathering pace as we speak. Both bands play a similar sound not too distant from their progeny, but perhaps a little more atmospheric – but this is to be expected I think.
Drummer Noddy and Joe are apparently working on a hip-hop project called SonicK, which admittedly I haven’t heard because it’s not my usual thing, but if it is, go do my research for me and let me know. Like I said, I’m a busy man.
Watch out for these guys anyway, as they still deserve your support, despite Fellsilent being no more.
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