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Silence the Foe

Silence the Foe: Sweet Sweet SuicideSweet Sweet Suicide (2005)
Lujo Records

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With influences culled from Fugazi's rhythms and Refused's angular intensity (the press release doesn't lie here), Norway's Silence the Foe offers the U.S. issue of Sweet Sweet Suicide, a bit underdeveloped but filled-to-the-brim-with potential EP that proves to be another diamond-in-the-rough findi.
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With influences culled from Fugazi's rhythms and Refused's angular intensity (the press release doesn't lie here), Norway's Silence the Foe offers the U.S. issue of Sweet Sweet Suicide, a bit underdeveloped but filled-to-the-brim-with potential EP that proves to be another diamond-in-the-rough finding for Lujo Records.

Throat-shredding screams make up the majority of the vocals here, but against a highly jazz and soul-influenced, fuzzy backdrop. It's a mildly haunting effort with cuts like "Penny for Your Lies" that exhibit just the right amount of raw dynamics and rough-edged, mid-tempoed aggressiveness. The band usually manages to avoid wearing their influences on their respective sleeves too blatantly, but when "Playing With the Old Me" dips into its light, jazzy part with the pronounced, patterned guitar stroke and softly spoken lines only to break into full-fledged screams (twice, in fact), it's biting Refused's "Deadly Rhythm" fairly hard. Nonetheless, it's the band executing the soft/loud dynamic at its finest.

Sweet Sweet Suicide is a rather revolutionary-sounding release, and while mentions of a Fugazi/Refused hybrid should get plenty weak in the knees, this is the just the tip of the iceberg, seemingly.

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Playing With the Old Me

 

 
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Anonymous (November 6, 2005)

I love this albume!! Silence the foe rocks!

Anonymous (November 3, 2005)

"I automatically hate any record that has a "Press Release"

Every record has a press release.

GreenVandal (November 2, 2005)

I changed my mind. The vocals piss me off so much that they clouded my judgement.

The music IS pretty good though.

GreenVandal (November 2, 2005)

This doesnt sound anything like Refused or Fugazi. Also, the screaming sounds TERRIBLE. The jazzy interlude and talky parts were really good on that one song but I dont see how you could say this sounds anything like thr two bands you compared them to. They perosnally remind me of a less plastic sounding fall of troy.

Anonymous (November 2, 2005)

I automatically hate any record that has a "Press Release"

davebrave4 (November 1, 2005)

You consistently praised the album throughout the review, but only gave it a 6. Why?

colin (November 1, 2005)

sounds interesting.

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