Silent took the long road to get to this, their second album, having to deal with personnel issues and a pandemic along the way. But now that it’s here, five years after their stellar debut, A Century Of Abuse, you can definitely say that it was worth the wait because Modern Hate is another crucial dose of their patented dark and punky, post-punk.
When talking about Silent, people usually start with the charismatic, honeyed voice of lead singer Jung Sing, whom people compare to Nick Cave. While, this comparison has some weight because Sing’s voice is full of dark charisma, it must be said that Sing is truly his own person and the band he fronts has a distinct sound all their own.
Silent might be labeled as post-punk, but they also throw in bits of goth, darkwave, and even straight up faster punk, into their music. It makes for quite the intoxicating musical cocktail.
Modern Hate opens with “End,” merging gothy post-punk and straight up punk rock to grab listener right away. From there, you get songs that fall on the more brooding side (“Hands On The Wall,” “Empty Spaces”), along with faster, punkier numbers (“It Follows,” “Death Is Not An Option”) and songs that merge the two (the aforementioned opening track, “Trust No God”), to create one roller coaster of a listen that entices and thrills, while spitting cutting, truth-filled, lyrics about the current state of the world. It’s quite the ride, one you won’t mind taking over again … and again.
Silent have blown the sophomore slump right out of the water with Modern Hate. They’ve taken everything about their debut and improved upon it, leading to one dark, enticing listen. This is an album that will stick with you long after you are done spinning it.
Buy the album here.