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Language of Silence
Numb
Language of Silence
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
 
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Though Language of Silence, Numb's sixth full-length, marks the band's 10th year, it's been a decade spent in relative obscurity, especially in light of the fact that Numb hail from Vancouver, Canada, home to both Front Li...  more »

      
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All Artists: Numb
Title: Language of Silence
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Metropolis Records
Original Release Date: 12/1/1998
Re-Release Date: 11/24/1998
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
Styles: Electronica, Goth & Industrial, Alternative Metal
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 782388012522, 782388012560

Synopsis

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Though Language of Silence, Numb's sixth full-length, marks the band's 10th year, it's been a decade spent in relative obscurity, especially in light of the fact that Numb hail from Vancouver, Canada, home to both Front Line Assembly and Skinny Puppy--escaping the long shadows cast by those industrial superheroes must be a bit like being the other playwright from Stratford-upon-Avon. All that aside, Numb play an extremely muscular, testosterone-fueled brand of straight-ahead industrial dance music. Pounding rhythms compete with dark synth sounds and monstrous vocals, all of which adhere to the tried-and-true industrial formula. The only respite are the occasional ambient instrumental tracks ("Illumination Rounds," "Benthos"), which possess an old-school charm. As on 1997's Blood Meridian, Numb abandon their earlier guitar sound, favoring a synth-only approach. It's definitely an improvement, but Don Gordon's consistently shouted vocals fail to generate any true intensity, making Language of Silence sound more like Language of Unfocused Anger. --Steve Landau
 

CD Reviews

Harsh electronic masterpiece
Chris | Arizona | 06/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Numb have done it again, another harsh rhythmic masterpiece from this veteran electronic band from Vancouver. The cd is filled with Don Gordon's electronic mayhem and vocalist Dave Collings' shredding vocal stylings. Tracks such as "respect" and "immolate" feature staccato keyboards, clanging rhythms and Collings' shouted vocal rantings. Several tracks begin with extended instrumental passages that slowly build into fuller songs with vocals. After the one-two punch of "respect" and "suspended", track 3 "deviation" slows to a midtempo pace with spoken/whispered vocals. There are three atmospheric instrumentals on the cd with a sense of paranoia present due to the whispered vocal samples, otherworldly choirs, and noises appearing intermittently. Track 5 "no remorse" takes on a harsh minimal beat with hissed/whispered vocals reminiscent of Euro groups like Suicide Commando and Dive. Overall Gordon's electronic experimentation, occasional use of thumping beats, scrap metal rhythms, and chugging guitar buried deep in the mix (for texture) provide a solid balance to Collings' surprisingly varied vocal harshness. The instrumentals and long instrumental song intro's give the listener a respite to the more driving tracks. This is comparable to any of the best offerings from New Mind, Nitzer Ebb, Ministry, NIN, Dive, or Unit 187."