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SILENT KNIGHT

MASTER PLAN

2013

 

POWER FROM PERTH

 

Power Metal is not everyone’s’ cup of tea, done well its uplifting and empowering, but done badly it’s pretty easy to make an audience or a listener cringe. Never having heard Perth’s ‘Silent Knight’ before this is a pleasant surprise to see a band from a City known more for its Metal and Alternative Rock come up with something so convincing.

 

 


The album begins after a rather martial opening with one of the best tracks ‘The Curse of the Black Rose’ and both it and the title track are the real meat of what is a rather surprisingly good and very competently dispatched album. Both are hard, heavy, full of intent and highlight what ‘Silent Knight’ are already capable of.

 

 


It’s perhaps the ballads though that work best of all here and both ‘Prophets Of War’ and ‘Dare To Dream’ have a power and a beauty about them that accentuate both  Zoran’s vocals and the guitar work of Stu McGill’s and Cameron Nicholas.

 

 


So while essentially what we have is Power Metal at its core there’s plenty to suggest that Silent Knight have more up their collective sleeves. There are no obvious ‘by numbers’ tracks here which is refreshing and the desire to replicate what has gone before is tempered by a real desire to push the boundaries.

 

 


This one ticks all the boxes you want in listening to a new band, consistent, enticing with enough bone-crunching riffage to please any lover of Metal. And where some albums peter out, content to rest on their laurels after a few great tracks Master Plan ends with two of the best: the chugging riff of ‘When the Fallen Angel Flies’ which evokes NWOBHM memories and ‘Dare to Dream’ which offers a huge injection of melody that maybe hints at things to come.

 

 

 

Leslii Philips

 

CD SILENT KNIGHT MASTER PLAN CD ALBUM REVIEW 2013