Silent Cry have had their fair bit of criticism in the past, mostly based around their tendency to pad out live sets with unoriginal covers, and the very obvious nature of their influences.
Thankfully, in this first CD release, the band has really started to develop the potential that it has shown from the outset. The performance is generally better, thanks to the efforts of new guitarist and singer James Viles, whose voice soars strongly over metal chug and dreamy acoustic sections alike.
The first track, 'Blindfold', is a genuine classic, starting with a quiet acoustic feel before exploding into a truly energetic, heavy yet melodic song, in places reminiscent of Grand Central's brand of emo punk. If the other two tracks do not quite live up to quality of the opener, it is because this band is still finding its way after finally establishing a lineup and sound that really work. 'Headcage' chugs along rhythmically in a pleasant enough fashion, and 'Broken Cord' reveals a mellower side to the band, with yet more stunning singing. To really impress, the band will need to work even more at developing its own unique sound, although this release is worth it for the first song alone.
5Mr Ben's Score