REBIRTH OF THR TEMPLE
Former Spineshank frontman Jonny Santos returns with new project Silent Civilian, demonstrating an updated style which contains a more streamlined sound with a discernible metalcore center. This quartet combines the Bay Area thrash riffs of Machine Head and Testament with the new wave of metal histrionics employed by Trivium and Shadows Fall on selections such as "The Song Remains Un-named" and "Lies in the House of Shame". Comprising a rhythmically dynamic riff and vocal dual that ranks amongst the best heard today, some may plead a severe case of bandwagon-itis, but thankfully skullcrushers like "Force Fed" and "Wrath" come complete with face-rippng solos and properly do the metalcore genre justice by adding ripe kindling to the smoldering fire instead of merely emptying its contents. If you dig the sound of today's metal, this one delivers in spades.