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Silence

Blindside Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (7 Oct 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Elektra
  • ASIN: B00006AGCR
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,216 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  6. You Can Hide It (LP Version) 3:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Thought Like Flames (LP Version) 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Time Will Change Your Heart (LP Version) 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Painting (LP Version) 3:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Midnight (LP Version) 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Coming Back To Life (LP Version) 2:48£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. She Shut Your Eyes (LP Version) 2:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Silence (LP Version) 5:37£0.79  Buy MP3 


Product Description

BLINDSIDE Silence (2002 German 13-track CD featuring the third album release from the Swedish post-Hardcore outfit. Includes the singles Pitiful Caught A Glimpse and Sleepwalking. With original picture sleeve)

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Almost Perfect Album 30 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
Similar to other Christian oriented rock/metal/alternative (like P.O.D, Pillar etc.) this album contains top class performances, gripping melodies and lyrics, and adheres to the ideal morality of Christians. That said, it is not necessarily all 'God' focused, but more directed at life's lessons, and the value's of society; this makes for a very accessible album for people at any stage in the Christian walk, or not!
From the start, the energy in the songs is apparent, and I'm sure your head should be nodding along, although you may need a copy of the lyrics to comprehend some of the screaming (there isn't much, but it's right at the start of the first song!).
Each chorus is soaring, each verse is rocking, and the bridges and fills are often funky and rhythmic. Very exciting music, that I would highly recommend to any person who likes the genre! Christian or not.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars progression 28 Feb 2003
By Martin
Format:Audio CD
I absolutely love how blindside have progressed from the hardcore album 'a thought crused my mind'. this album has dramatically shifted blindside into the mainstream, which is an amazing and difficult thing, listening to this i have no reason to believe they will fail to disapoint. Christian's vocals are absolutely incredible!!! I have to be honest and say that i didn't think he was capable of such things, i mean on their previous album, he screamed mostly.
Anyway, i'd recommend this album to anyone who likes hard rock, with brilliant melodies, elements of punk and hardcore. Whether you are a Christian or not is irelevant, although the lyrical content generally deals with the Christian walk of life, it's joys, struggles, but ultimate, the album provides a positive message to life, that there is hope, no matter how difficult a situation seems to be.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Hardcore at its best!!! 8 Dec 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Blindside are the hottest new band to come out of sweden for a long time and this album, produced by Howard Benson (P.O.D.), is anything but silent! There is an obvious P.O.D. influence on the music which is never a bad thing. The lead singers vocals are full of raw emotion and the searing guitars really give it that edge.
The first single pitiful is very P.O.D. and I could listen to it all day. The band also show that they can slow it down and put out ballads like the title track silence. Other stand out tracks are Sleepwalking, The Endings and Caught A Glimpse but there are no fillers on this album.
The lyrics express their Christian beliefs clearly and they it would be a great testimony if they could get into the mainstream. If you're into metal then buy this album. You won't be disappointed.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars blinded 26 Mar 2003
Format:Audio CD
The first thing Ithought of when Iheard silence was that it sounded too much like p.o.d but then that all changed when I heard the song sleepwalking.Apart from them sounding abit like p.o.d it is gennerally good but a bit repetitive. One of the main reasons I baught silence is because they are so good live and I highly recommend that you should go to one of there gigs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Silence Is Golden 27 Sep 2002
By Troy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been counting down the minutes until this album release. Blindside has been my personal favorite band for three years now. Blindside's first album, self-titled, was and still is a mosh-worthy disc. Hardcore's rants and raves blended with punk's speed and experimental song structures. Their second album, A Thought Crushed My Mind, was and still is my all-time favorite album. Amazing vocals, lyrics, breakdowns and musicianship tucked under a tornado of harsh, emotional hardcore. The months leading up to Silence seemed to never end. When the first single, "Pitiful", was released I quickly downloaded it, promising that it would be the only peek I would gain before the release of the album. The song first hit me like a ton of bricks. Bricks made of feathery litmus paper, that is. I hated it! "Why is Christian singing?", I asked. It took me many listens to uncover the highs of the track. Marcus could drum this song with one hand, Simon is playing the same, catchy riff repeatedly, and Christian is, well, singing! I instantly solved the mystery of the change. The bands two previous albums were first written in Swedish, then translated into English and released in the Americas. This was obviously written in English right from the beginning. The quirky breakdowns and off-timed choruses of old were scarcely to be found. After overcoming the frustration of not receiving the brutal hardcore of the bands previous effort, I started to unravel the greatness that is "Pitiful". Christians' lyrics make the song. He displays his stance before his Holy and Just Creator. As he screams "And I'll remember every word you said!", one can easily understand why he is such an emotional vocalist. One cannot understand what this band has gone through in their experiences while in their homeland of Stockholm, Sweden. Sweden is known for exhibiting some of the best satanic Death and Black Metal known in this world. Blindside has gone through much persecution from a people of another side of the world that don't view religious freedom as we in America do. Knowing this makes Christian's words all the wiser unto his fans. The album, itself, starts out with the nu-metalish "Caught A Glimpse". It opens with sweetly sung vocals that crash into a pummeling chorus. The riffery on "Caught A Glimpse" and "Pitiful" are quite similar. Much different from anything heard from Simon before. "Sleepwalking" is bound to be a fan favorite, as well as a concert favorite. The first verse is a hard-hitting rant-fest of double bass work and cymbal crashing. Then, unexpectedly, a brilliantly written chorus rises out of the ashes of the destructive verse. This ends the hard-hitting nu-metal of the disc. "Cute Boring Love", "The Endings", "You Can Hide It" and later the brilliant "Painting" all contain one incredible hook after another. The most remarkable aspect of these hooks is that they are as original as they are well written. There is not one metal band, secular or Christian, that can compete with the song writing on these tracks, nor the entire album. "Thought Like Flames" fulfills some of my favorite Blindside cliché's. Off-timed vocals and unexpected, out of left field, riffs exactly like the ones on the first two albums, just in a lighter package. And then I died.... Or at least I might have well had. The blistering "Time Will Change Your Heart" blew out my 200-watt speakers instantly with Christians' best hardcore screams to date. Marcus' drumming in the chorus is similar to "Act" (as well as the whole track) of two years ago. Marcus' varied cymbal work quickly brought me back to the days of old. The track instantaneously became my favorite, and is the song I play for anyone that wants to give Blindside a listen. It perfectly describes everything that Blindside was, is, and ever will be. "Midnight" is an astounding praise song. "This world has nothing to offer a human soul reaching for the sky, so Father of Light, keep my human spirit alive. Will I try to hide away in the secret space of my heart, will I try in time. Will I try with my feet on the ground of shadows but my hand towards the Light" is what I find myself singing while walking down the pagan-filled halls of everyday life. A true masterpiece of worship unto our Everlasting Lord of Hosts. "Coming Back To Life" and "She Shut Your Eyes" end the body of the album with more marvelous hooks, fills, riffs, and licks. Silence closes with the slow acoustic ballad, "Silence". This song displays everything a Christian should feel for his Savior. "So I think I'll stay, caught up in a silent prayer". There's nothing else I can say about this song. It tells of how the believer feels love for his Savior, even when he doesn't understand, whatsoever, why he feels so. Sometimes we must be caught up in silent prayer because we know naught what we ought to pray. So the Spirit makes intercession for us, to the Father, with words that cannot be uttered (Romans 8:26). Silence may not be the Blindside many of us have grown to love over the last few years, but as long as the boys are bent on glorifying their Lord and Savior with their lives, their music will be just as gratifying.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swedish Rock and Roll to Ponder 20 Aug 2002
By J. L. Clochesy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Blindside's third LP, "Silence" combines raw emotion and power. As I listen to this album it's obvious that the listener is getting a glimpse into the heart of Blindside. The topics range from personal pride, to superficial love, to Ultimate Reality. What sets Blindside apart from many bands is their realness. There is substance to each song. Some cds have lyrics worth pondering, this is one of them. If you like to be challenged to grow in your thinking, Blindside is for you. The music of "Silence" is lighter than past Blindside efforts, but is still very good. Christian's raw scream can still be heard on almost all the songs. But it's his unique, Swedish singing voice that draws the listener in. The production on this cd is really good, clean, but not over polished. They don't sound like a band in a plastic box, it's real.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silence speaks louder than ever 15 Jun 2005
By Nathan Knapp_Voronwë - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After A Thought Crushed My Mind(blindside's second release)'s brazen hardcore screaming and guitars, Silence saw them maturing in huge ways, and opting for a more melodic (yet without watering down anything) and modern rock-ish feel. Christian's vocals have improved drastically, both in the scream department and singing.

1. *Caught a Glimpse* (10/10) A kick butt way to start off an awesome album. Starts with a soft intro, then explodes into a huge melodic hardcore sympathy, with Christian's vocals fading from singing to screaming.

2. *Pitiful* (10/10) My all-time favorite song, the catchy riffs and angst ridden lyrics tell it all. Christian displays so much emotion it's just crazy.

3. *Sleepwalking* (10/10) One word. Haunting. Crazy hardcore riffing here, almost breakdown-ish with the chug-chug-wee-wee-wee of the verse. The chorus is haunting, and the bridge is chaotic.

4. *Cute Boring Love* (7/10) The post-hardcore ranting lets up here for some good modern rock.

5. *The Endings* (7/10) Another anthemic modern rock track.

6. *You can Hide it* (7/10)

7. *Thought Like Flames* (10/10) This song displays the raw emotion that makes me love Blindside so much. I think it's written about a friend of Christian's, and is generally about self mutilation. Beautiful.

8. *Time Will Change Your Heart* (10/10) This song is a glimpse into Blindside's past. It rocks extremely hard, screaming and heavy verses with a melodic yet heavy chorus.

9. *Painting* (8/10) Once again I think about Christian's friend. Awesome song with amazing hooks.

10. *Midnight* (9/10) One of the only mellow tracks, yet the lyrics are brilliantly written and it has a very eerie feel to it, creating the "midnight-ish" atmosphere.

11. *Coming Back to Life* (5/10) I don't really feel this track, it's got a really nu-metal sound to it. Also very short.

12. *She Shut Your Eyes* (7/10) Brilliantly written on Christian's part.

13. *Silence* (10/10) Finally the title track comes to us, and instead of another guitar onslaught, we get an acoustic, seemingly under produced masterpiece. The sound of a heartbeat (made by Simon tapping on his guitar) resounds, with Christian's broken crooning echoing throughout the song, raw emotion resounds.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best I've heard in a long time 14 Mar 2003
By James - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to all the normal music that I do, Living Sacrifice and Project 86, mostly. I haven't bought a CD this refreshing in a long time. It's something that no one else has done recently: A singer that sometimes yells, and sometimes doesn't, which is accompanied by hard rock. My favorite track so far would have to be Silence, track 13. Blindside is a lot like Taproot in the way they sing. The guitars are like Project 86's. The drums are somewhat like Trust Company's. This CD is a nice hypbrid of everything ever done.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A significant departure... 20 Aug 2002
By Dan Connor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Take a listen to Blindside's debut album (the real debut album) self titled, "Blindside". What you'll hear is simple and raw music with funky rhythms, unexpected stops and starts, and, of course, Christian's wonderful vocal stylings.
With their next album, A Thought Crushed My Mind, they threw their hip hop influences out the window and constructed a new sound with a heavier punk swagger.
This time around, once signed to Elektra, POD producer Howard Benson was contracted to formulate a more commercially viable sound. To my ears, the new album suffers significant over-production syndrom. The vocals are tightly dubbed (in the same veign as POD's vocal sound) with harmonies flying every which way. The heart of what made Blindside special, the groove and the simple but beautiful vocals, has become washed out. The singles, Pitiful and Caught a Glimpse are well done (and also start the album off) and are receiving significant play on MTV and radio stations. Unfortunately, after the first couple of tracks, every chorus begins to sound practically the same as the song before. Take any track on the album on its own and you'd have a kickin' song. But, take them all in the context of an album and you get a slightly monotonous blur.
The new sound is interesting and has potential. However, the band needs to reconnect with a slightly simpler formulae where their songwriting and emotion can flow freely.
I'd be very interested to see how the band performs the material live, without the studio tomfoolery. I bet it's easier to digest. And that's my opinion.
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