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Uncarved Block

Rating: NR/10 ?

February 4, 1999
The press sheet that came with this CD says that the band was formed in 1997 in Southern California by singer/guitarist Steve Markwell. Steve moved from the sunny land of Southern Californian to the cold rocky land of Colorado and reformed his band here with new members, blah blah blah. I'm not so sure what the band sounded like originally and if this member change and move made a big dramatic difference in the sound that they came up with on this release.

After playing this CD for about 10 minutes I couldn't force myself to listen to the whole thing all at one time so I had to do it in sessions. In my first session I took out track numbers 1-4 and I learned that Silence sounded a little like Fifteen and a little like The Smoking Popes and maybe slightly like The Smiths. That was me being forced into comparing this band with other bands, not the band have extreme similarities to the bands listed above. The press sheet also suggest that comparisons to Jawbreaker have been made in the past but I don't really hear it. I think that every press sheet I have read from any punk band in the past 3 years have made comparisons to Jawbreaker, so I'm not surprised that this one did the same.

My next session took place in a short drive that to school and I fit two songs in and then was forced to take it out before I even got there. The songs "before the fire" and "look away" were songs that sounded nothing like the previous 4 songs, I even thought I put the wrong CD in. These songs were made up of slow palm muted guitar riffs and a constant beat on the floor tom that didn't mix at all. Also in these two songs the singer managed to pull off the worst singing of the whole CD. Maybe they were going for a darker feel with these songs with depressing lyrics and few background screams. I've heard of bands mixing up the songs that they don't think are as good as the others on a CD but never putting the two worst right after each other.

Third time around Silence returned to the sound of the first four songs. But I just can't hang with songs with words like "today, I think I almost woke-up happy." The only way I can hang with songs about being depressed is if the words are clever and poetic. So lyrically this CD also lacks. I was basically unimpressed with what Silence had to offer throughout the entirety of this disc, it didn't seem like a rip off but it also didn't sound like anything all that special.

Reviewed by Andy Vaughn
Andy Vaughn is a longtime friend of LAS magazine, where he has contributed occasionaly. He much prefers writing for The Toilet online, however that website seems to have died.

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