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The Great Bear
October 2012
Released: 2012, Vanity Music Group
Rating: 4.0/5
Reviewer: UK Team

In Soviet Russia, guitar strums you!! Sorry couldn’t resist, yes Denver Thrashers Silencer are back with the newest addition to their arsenal The Great bear and it ain’t half bad. An album completely dedicated to the reversed view of the great space race between America and Russia, except in this one, the Russians win!!

Now most of us, if any, know that Silencer started way back in 1998, and the band from Colorado have been doing alright, 5 studio albums, a nice following of close fans (very close) and metal that doesn’t suck. But they have had a few line up changes over the years. With bassist and drummer Justin Ferrarello and Brian Kotal replaced by Patrick Russell and Alex Simpson, as well as vocalist Chad Armstrong leaving rank, the band are still stronger than ever and producing some fine ass music.

Anyway, the album is, as I say, a “What if??” on the 1960’s space race, done from the POV of the Russians. Now the music is wicked, really keeps up with good old fashioned groove thrash metal. With some slow yet accurate guitar work, the vocals really add to the feel, the title track The Great Bear is a definite example of this sludgeness. But all in all the boys have produced another not sucky album and I hope they can keep this up.

Review By Wolf Shankland
Track Listing

1. Sacred War
2. I am Thunder
3. 1969
4. Great Bear
5. Insignia
6. Star City pt1
7. Star City pt 2
8. Orders/Nobel Sacrifice
9. The Roar
10. Light
11. The First, The Last


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Patrick Russell
Alex Simpson

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