Silas: World Of Colour

Though aware of Silas, it is fair to say they had not made a major impression with the two or so songs we had heard of theirs, primarily because of numerous distractions at the time stopping a proper assessment of the band. Aware of the growing buzz surrounding them all the same, it was when approached by Tom Ross from the UK quintet that we had the reminder and proper opportunity to get to grips with the band through the chance of reviewing their new EP World Of Colour. All that can be said is that we have been missing out if their previous release and songs were as impressive as this new six track gem. It is a powerful and captivating release of tracks which reap the essential essences of many genres to breed a distinct and inspiring sound. As thunderous and aggressive as a landslide whilst as warm and irresistibly engaging as a smouldering fire, the release is an immense storm of pleasure.

Consisting of the aforementioned Tom Ross (guitar/drums backing vocals), and twin brother Mike (guitar/drums/backing vocals), alongside Dave Runham (vocals), and Matt Drumm (bass guitar), the band has been making steady progress since its formation in 2008. Their To The Ground EP the following year drew strong positive responses the way of the band and was followed by an acclaimed performance at the Bloodstock Open Air festival in 2010 and airplay on the Friday Night Rock Show presented by Bruce Dickinson. Renowned for their impacting live shows, Silas now unleash an EP which stands as one of the most ferocious and enterprising releases this year in the UK, a record which just gets better and better with each and every listen.

Starting with the senses rifling Cause And Effect, the release rages a riot of metal intensity and brutality alongside irrepressible hard rock grooves and plenty more unexpected but greedily welcomed additives such as progressive and funk rock. The opener snarls within the ear from the off, hungry raptorial riffs chewing at the senses to get the juices flowing. Things take a small step back in intensity to allow the vocals of Runham to step forward side by side with the prowling lines of Drumm. It is a kind of respite though not without its own passion and might which accentuates the melodic craft and invention of the song. Arguably the track does not offer the depth of imagination as the other songs on the release but for a strong and enterprising beginning it is a formidable encounter.

The following Set To Fail is a less forceful but even greater proposition, the track strolling through hard rock and Pearl Jam like emotive invention, whilst engaging just as powerfully. Spined by a magnetic groove which twists around the senses squeezing tighter and tighter as the track progresses, it is an expressive and thrilling expanse of sound. There is a great unpredictability to the song, the band interspersing slower melodic caresses and vigorous metal grinding with seamless fluidity, and with the intrusive and synapse threatening climax driven by the sonic mischief of the guitars, there is nothing less than rapture left in its wake.

What We See and Journey To The End both continue the attention gripping diversity and adrenaline soaked onslaught. The first is a furnace of caustic breath and incendiary riffs veined with precise and dazzling sonic skill, the blues jazz gait of the solo alone a flame which captures emotions and ardour amongst the Bloodsimple like metallic tempest. The second is more predatory; the corrosive seizure of the senses from riffs and squalling vocals framed by combative rhythms, an unholy abrasion which rages like a mix of Devildriver and Life Of Agony with a just as eclectic fury of sounds within the towering sonic storm. It is a titanic track which again is unpredictable in its course and deeply rewarding.

The infectious engagement of Art Of The Cure swaggers in next, its jazz funk swing and deliciously teasing bass fused into the spiralling energy and rising metallic crescendos which switch and dance with the melodic party in full force. The track smoulders with catchy hooks and insatiable mischief like a Faith No More/ Karnivool exploration fuelled by a progressive metal heart which ensures by its end one is breathless and basking in pleasure. From vocals to bass, and guitars to drums, the skill and imagination is faultless and only inspires one to bask in more of the glory.

The closing Negative One continues in the vein of Art Of The Cure, the funky gait in full flow within the claws of the again Bloodsimple spiced ferocity. The song is sensational, evolving and twisting throughout its presence with especially the waspish groove a real joy within the magnificence unleashed. It is hard to pick a favourite but the final slab of excellence makes a strong shout.

World Of Colour is exceptional, its carnage and melodic persuasion a contagion which will never expire. The recommendation is go and check out Silas right now whilst we go and kick ourselves for missing out till now.

RingMaster 21/11/2012

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