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Silence After Tragedy are coming out of South Florida ready to crush you and everyone with their unique style of hardcore influenced metal. These 4 men rip through the 5 songs on their debut EP with a technical prowess not found in most local bands. With just a self titled demo and their first official release "1,042 Ways To Not Play Fair", they have already taken the south Florida scene by storm playing shows with bands such as As I Lay Dying, Dead To Fall, The Red Chord, Evergreen Terrace, On Broken Wings, Unearth, Black Cross, Through the Eyes of the Dead, Horse! The Band and countless others. Already this summer, they embarked on a 2 week tour that hit up the entire east coast, and they will be brought along some friends in the form of south Florida Grind band Shed For You and Orlando metal act the Ballad Reversed as well as a few shows with Lovelost Record’s Through the Eyes of the Dead. Shows being booked with big names such as Martyr AD, Haste The Day, Bodies in the Gears of the Appartus, Caliban, I Killed the Prom Queen, and Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza should show you that Silence After Tragedy has no intention of slowing down anytime soon, and their goal to reach as many people as possible through playing live and touring in the future is one that will definitely be reached. The fast paced metal their debut EP contains is a refreshing change from the tired metal core bands that are dime a dozen these days. Songs like the opener "Remember Your Enemies Face" will make you question if this band is really a newcomer, with its fast paced intro and transition into and slower, more melodic bridge. "Fifteen Love", the third track on the album and one of their heaviest by far, shows a metallic force that only few bands can harness so early in their career. The closing track "Changing the Tide" ends the album with a fast paced hardcore feel, and features a simple, yet infectious sing along chorus that closes the EP masterfully. Even more impressive then their CD is their live. - Interpunk.com


Silence After Tragedy, a local band from Tampa, Florida has just released their second EP. Sounding like the bastard child of Cryptopsy and Zao, this 4-piece blasts through 5 songs of heavy fucking metal. This effort is astonishing for a local band, especially one with few releases under their belt. The EP starts off with the track "Remember Your Enemies Face", my personal favorite on the record. One thing I noticed about SAT is their ability to not use high pitched chords in their breakdowns, which are also refreshingly few and far between. The music thrives on fast paced rythm, and there is nearly no pause between the carnage of these 5 songs, which also flow into each other perfectly. The production sounds crisp and clear, the only complaint being that the drums are mixed a bit too high, but it's barely notice worthy after a couple of listens. The vocals range from higher pitched screams resembling Zao to lower growels that sound more akin to bands like Between The Buried And Me and Dead To Fall. This record is a great release for a band so young in their career, and if this is any indication of what is to come, then I can't wait to hear whats next.
- Radcore.com


The guys at Still life Record keep on working hard, delivering us some high quality hc-metal records as the one I’m about to review. This split introduce us 2 bands both playing metalcore, each of them with a precise formula of their own: Silence After Tragedy, a young combo hailing from Florida and Rome’s The Phoenix.
2 different ways of playing metalcore, even though both easily appreciable for an open minded audience.
Silence after tragedy lead us towards sonorities typical of Godfathers of the genre, such as Zao, which result to be their main influence in terms of lyrics and vocal lines.
Unmistakable are the screamed sungs parts ala Carcass and the reoccurring breakdown typical of the Christian band. The band’s technique is top notch and worth mentioning is the virtuosity of the drummer, with its unrelenting use of the double pedal. I’ve also appreciated the spoken parts inserted as intermezzos, used to slow down the atmosphere a little.
All in all, these Americans kids deserve an higly positive rating, even though, after a while, their tracks begin to sound repetitive and it becomes a little hard listening to them.
It’s not due to any patriotic felling, but I find the material of my fellows The Phoenix higly superior compared to SAT’s one. A pinch of melody more makes all tracks more listenable and interesting. I’ve definitely appreciated their try to match chaotic metal parts in the vein of Converge and Curl up and Die to more listenable ones, closer to emotional-metalcore sonorities, so used nowadays. Great vocals in here. Valerio can easily pass from screaming, guttural hints, to a cheesy “singalong” parts ala Poison the Well.
I challenge you all to remain motionless during the mosh parts on “Birneaux” and the opening track “An Ashtray full of Dust”, which I retain the best tracks of the records.
Good effort from these Roman guys, who definitely improuved their technique since their former mini cd “Snow in August”.
- SaveYourScene.com


Sick brutal metal inspired hardcore split album by Silence after Tragedy from South Florida and The Phoenix from Rome. In spite of being young, both bands seem to be on the right track to some day, be considered in the same division of bands like The Red Chord and Burnt by the Sun.

Silence after Tragedy starts this split album with twenty relentless seconds of grindcore music in the vein of Carcass, but after them, they slow the rhythms down bringing a blend of heavy old school death metal riffs and brutal schizophrenia. I get the feeling that the guys in Silence after Tragedy want to play music influenced by metallic hardcore bands like Day of Suffering and old Heaven Shall Burn, but at the same time, with the hysterical song-structures of bands like The Dillinger Escape Plan and such. Good combination!

Being less massive yet heavy in a new school hardcore way and by embracing its music with emotional atmospheres, The Phoenix sounds as a good complement to their American colleagues. The European combo is more varied and technical. Old school and fast trashcore speed moments, as well as some well placed gutturals and heavy emo-interludes à la Poison the Well kept my attention focused on the second part of this album without even thinking about the good music of Silence after Tragedy.

As it’s usual I pick the band I like the most. This time the price goes to the Italians. To be honest, I don’t feel like they are superior, but there’s something that tells me that with the enough dose of that evil and slow blast beats, especially felt in the song Birneax, they can become a very, very interesting band. - Cara A Cara


Still Life Records out of Milan, Italy have taken it upon themselves to introduce the world to Silence After Tragedy and The Phoenix through this split CD. Both bands have unique sounds and qualities to each of them, so let’s talk about them.

Silence After Tragedy is a band that sounds like they either haven’t figured out what direction they want to take their music yet, or one that is intent on mixing all sorts of different influences whether other bands are doing it or not. The vocal tracks alone are enough evidence of that, mixing high-pitched screaming vocals with deep guttural death-metal growls and spoken word reminiscent of late-90’s metal core, when some lyrics were just too important to scream. This variety in vocal styling is something that is sorely missed in the hardcore scene today, but it also makes the band harder to listen to. There are times, like at the end of the song “Changing the Tide” that the numerous vocals all at once make it nearly impossible to differentiate the words being said. The next evidence of this mix of genres is in the guitars, which move from metal riffs to hardcore breakdowns, then back into the late 90’s breakdowns featuring the signature twang at the end of the “judd judd” parts. In a lot of ways the guitars sound influenced by very early Point of Recognition, but who knows whether Admiration of the Son ever made it out of Southern California. I loved that record, but it has the same deficiencies that these songs from Silence After Tragedy incur. While there are moments of true innovation from this first half of the split, and moments of sheer brutality expected in heavy music today, there are far more times that the music deteriorates into a chaotic jumble of too many different overlaying parts. The drums aren’t bad themselves, but the recording doesn’t do them any kind of justice. It’s hard to get into even good drumming when the snare sounds like someone is beating on a dead armadillo. Give these guys some time to work out the kinks and they will be an amazing band. Give them some time to put some more money into production and the sound will follow. This half of the split is certainly worth hearing, but not something you’ll be bragging to your friends about how you just discovered the best band anyone has ever heard.

The second half of this split comes from The Phoenix. This band is quite a bit different from the first on the record, but still manages to mix multiple genres. This time it happens to be a mix of hardcore with a more rock feel to it ala Poison the Well and Stretch Armstrong. For those who know Please Mr. Gravedigger, there is a tiny bit of that feel to the music as well, mostly found in the vocals. When done well this combination of genres can produce some of the most potent albums in underground culture worldwide, and while The Phoenix has written quality songs, the quality of their recording will keep them from being just that. Better than the first half of the record, the production doesn’t sound bad in comparison, but the moments of drum fill solos and double kick highlight the lack of a recording budget designed to capture their sound. The vocals are recorded on par with other average recordings and the guitars are mixed well with each other to give some quite good harmonic sounds that one doesn’t hear nearly as often these days. The Phoenix isn’t writing books on a new innovative spin on an old genre, but they are doing what they do well and better than a lot of bands that try to move this route. In fact, the more I listen to these guys, the more I appreciate what it is they are doing. It gets better with every play. The second half of this split is definitely more of a motivation to buy than the first, but hopefully listeners will not ignore the good in the first four tracks of the album. The Phoenix also has a somewhat cool experimental instrumental track after their other four songs are up. It is unique and different from the rest of their style, but somehow seems to fit, leaving the thought “this is different, but somehow I can see the fact that it is still the same band.” Different, but not too divergent to have a place on this album - The Scene (www.thescenezineonline.com)


Discography

Silence After Tragedy/The Phoenix (Still Life Records. Nov. 2004)
1,042 Ways to Not Play Fair (Feb. 2004)

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Whatever you do, don't call Silence After Tragedy metalcore.

Unlike the barrage of bands attempting to fuse metal and hardcore, Silence After Tragedy does so seamlessly, managing to retain a distinctly metal sound. Members of the South Florida band cite influences from Dimmu Borgir and Living Sacrifice to The Cure. Somehow they blended their backgrounds to be born as "the bastard child of Cryptopsy and Zao."

Silence After Tragedy's fast-paced, forceful metal debut EP 1,042 Ways to Not Play Fair is a welcomed change in the hardcore-influenced metal realm. Silence After Tragedy provides relief from the tired metalcore bands that have quickly cropped up in the last couple years. The song "Fifteen Love" illustrates the metallic force this band can harness, a notable feat for a band that formed in 2002. Of course, no album -- not even an EP -- is complete without a track that gets stuck in your head. For 1,042 Ways to Not Play Fair this song is "Changing the Tide." It maintains a traditional hardcore vibe and offers an infectious sing-along chorus. Over 2,000 fans quickly snatched up the EP, which was released in February, allowing the sing-along to become a highlight of Silence After Tragedy's live show.

Silence After Tragedy know what they want. "We want to meet new people, get our music out and get the hell out of Florida," vocalist Derek Wankel quips. After releasing their first album, the band immediately embarked on a two week, self-booked East coast tour. They played consistently with bands like As I Lay Dying, On Broken Wings, Evergreen Terrace and even the almighty Unearth. Silence After Tragedy recently survived Texas Murderfest and a small trek with Relapse band Bodies in the Gears of the Apparatus in tow.

Silence After Tragedy put the need to rock above all else. Members nearly lost their jobs just to spend time in recording, and now they plan to pack up and hit the road. Wankel puts it succinctly, "This is what we live for."

This band exudes metal and revels in having some hardcore roots. Hey, an occasional breakdown may do a body good, but Silence After Tragedy's heart belongs to metal.