MOMENT OF SILENCE
METROPOLIS (USA), MINUSWELT (WORLD)
RELEASE: APRIL 6, 2004
(USA), APRIL 5 (WORLD), 2004
REVIEW: MARCH 26, 2004
After leaving Front Line Assembly
a while ago, Chris Peterson turned
his full attention to his Decree project.
After the experimental and somewhat
improvised debut album, Chris wanted
to take this band to the next level.
Thus he acquired help from new members
Ross Redhead and Sean Lawson.
And indeed this album is a lot more
developed and structured than the
debut. Don’t expect FLA or Will,
because this is something else (although
some hints can be heard from both).
This is more about wreaking havoc
on your speakers and creating a sonic
nightmare. Sometimes so intense it
hurts. The overall soundscape is immense,
with enormous width and weight to
“Moment of Silence” is
also varied, with chaotic breakbeat
tracks next to fiendishly scary dark
ambient pieces. The opening track
“Violent Reckoning” is
a bit reminiscent of Ministry, while
the closing track “Severed”
wouldn’t seem too out of place
on Skinny Puppy’s “Last
Rights”. My favourite track
– which is the title track –
starts off with suspense, slowly building
and building until it suddenly breaks
out with distorted screaming, ambience
and powerful rhythms. Magnificent.
However, I have some gripes, mostly
with the breakbeat tracks. They lack
sufficient “punch”, the
beat is just mixed too low and they
don’t give me the “release”
I’m looking for. Could have
been much more. And “Forced
Wide Open” is downright annoying.
This is a difficult album, in the
way that you have to listen to it
several times to get to grips with
it. And in fact it’s still growing
on me. I don’t expect to listen
to it every day, but that’s
not the point either. It is, however,
a frighteningly caustic and evil collection
of songs that will tear your speakers
and soul apart, when you’re
up to it.