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Silent Knight – The Angel Reborn (EP Review)

Written by Chris Reid

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Silent Knight have wasted no time getting things moving in 2017, releasing their 2nd EP entitled The Angel Reborn only a matter of weeks after ringing in the new year . This EP is Silent Knight’s 4 release over all and is the perfect entrée to a busy year ahead for the 5 piece power metal act. As was the case with the band’s first EP, Power Metal Supreme, the new release has been limited to only 100 hand numbered copies and is a mix of studio recordings and live tracks – a collectors item for die hard fans for sure.

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SILENT KNIGHT

SILENT KNIGHT – The Angel Reborn

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Perhaps it’s not fair to simply call The Angel Reborn EP an entrée to 2017 because it’s a quality little release in it’s own right, however the main course is clearly the re-recording of their debut album Masterplan (2013). Masterplan is a damn solid debut release – the song writing in particular is very strong on the album – but there’s no doubting that the overall package would benefit from a re-recording. The addition of vocalist Jesse Onur Oz has elevated the bands sound on all releases since Masterplan, so it only seems right that the songs are released with Jesse handling the vocals.

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SILENT KNIGHT

SILENT KNIGHT

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The title of the new EP, The Angel Reborn, is in reference to the rerecording of When The Fallen Angel Flies which is the centre piece of the new EP. When The Fallen Angel Flies is a bona fide power metal epic with more different sections and change ups than your average high speed anthem. It has some massive sing-a-long moments and is bursting at the seams with the face melting guitar solos from Cameron Nicholas. When The Fallen Angel Flies has never sounded better, vindicating the bands decision to embark on the re-recording of their debut. Jesse’s vocals are great and all of the instrumentation sound punchier and more precise than they do on the original recording of Masterplan.
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Next up is an acoustic version of The Raven’s Return (taken from 2015’s Conquer and Command album). Die hard fans will really enjoy this interpretation of the song but I must admit I find the idea of a power metal band doing acoustic versions a little unnecessary. Regardless of my personal opinions on acoustic versions the track is more than worth a listen – if nothing else hearing lightning fast sweep arpeggios on a nylon string guitar is your time well spent!
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The next four tracks are live recordings of fan favourites from the Conquer and Command album. Conquer and Command, Empty Threat, The Raven’s Return and Power Metal Supreme. All of the tracks are played very well, showing that Silent Knight are more than proficient when it comes to delivering in a live setting . Most of the recordings were captured during the bands set at the 2016 Stormrider Festival in Perth and I’m sure that the fans who attended the show and secured a hard copy of the EP will cherish the memories.
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Silent Knight are no strangers to a cover version, having previously tackled Helloween’s classic The Keeper of the Seven Keys & Europe’s The Final Countdown. This time around they got their fans to decide on the song for their next cover version via an online poll. The result is a blistering cover of Megadeth’s classic Holy Wars…..The Punishment Due. The band have done an exceptional job with this cover – it is close enough to the original to keen die hard Megadeth fans happy, but they’ve added just enough nuance to the drums to differentiate their cover from the original. Jesse’s vocals are again a highlight, nailing the trademark Mustiane snarl whilst maintaining powerful control over the songs melody. Similarly, Cameron Nicholas’ rendition of both Friedman & Mustiane’s iconic solos maintain the feel and structure of the originals, but allow for some flashes of his own style too. Silent Knight’s cover of Holy Wars is very impressive and is a great way to close out the release.
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The band are launching their new EP this coming Friday at the Amplifier Bar in Perth as part of Prime Cuts 15th Birthday celebration. Claim the Throne, Grotesque and Solum are also playing in what is a high quality and diverse bill. Head along!
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The Angel Reborn
sees Silent Knight kick start 2017 in fine form. With some huge shows in the pipeline including the Headbangers Open Air festival in Germany this July, you’ve got to think Silent Knight will continue to forge their own path in the Power Metal world.

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Chris Reid

January 11th, 2017

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Chris is a long time metal enthusiast who plays bass guitar in Perth band Let's Kill Uncle. https://www.facebook.com/letskilluncle  

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