Silence After Tragedy

Silence After Tragedy


Silence After Tragedy sticks to what it knows: metal. The band won't succumb to trends and its music is equally uncompromising. The Florida quartet is known as "the bastard child of Cryptopsy and Zao," and with over 2,000 copies of SAT's EP sold it's obvious fans are eating it up.


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.


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