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   DARK AGE
The Silent Republic
2002
Remedy Records
http://www.dark-age.de


rating: 4/5

1. Introduction
2. The Silent Republic
3. Daily Combat
4. Know Me Strong
5. Suicide Crew
6. Cut The Flesh
7. Return
8. Last Words
9. Now Or Never
10. We Who Suffer
11. Hells Bells
The following sentences are taken from the bandinfo: "Since 1995 Dark Age from Hamburg / Germany play "Dark Metal" - an emotional answer to the anomalies of our time. With their unbelievable intense music dark age unmask the abyss of human progress and the distance to lost ethnic values."
Yeah right.

I know this is a lame way to start a review but I need to start somewhere, right? ;) And I must admit that this is my first contact with the band though this is already their 3rd release. The disc starts with a gloomy intro which is called, believe it or not, "Introduction". From this point the album picks up speed and aggression though. First real track is the titletrack "The Silent Republic" and it is, like the rest of the album, pretty heavy and catchy. As already stated in the beginning of this review Dark Age play a sort of dark metal, a blend between ordinary metal, death metal and gothic metal. A rougher version of earlier Sentenced could be mentioned as a very loose reference. While listening to the album the term "death rock" came to my mind because the compositions all definitely rock (hell yeah!). Still the songs sound somewhat different and that difference lies in the different moods of the songs. While "Know Me Strong" is pretty much straight forward and "Suicide Crew" is one of the heavier tracks of the album, "Return" appears rather poppy and is one of the most gothic sounding songs on the album. That track also carries the most clean vocals; in my opinion those could have been used a bit more on the album to add a bit of a variation to the else rather rough/harsh vocals. Keyboards create a nice atmosphere and are sometimes used only in the background just to be more up front in the next song.

Produced by no other than Andy Classen "The Silent Republic" does have a rich sound. I'm curious to see how the band is presenting themselves live.

submitted by Cora 18.01.2003

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