The Silent Era – “Matter Of Time” / “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”


London-based band The Silent Era tout a darkly affecting rock sound on new single “Matter of Time,” thematically delving into the complexities of mortality and the importance of “hope amidst the darkness.” Alongside the single release is a compelling live cover of Bauhaus’ classic track “Bela Lugosi’s Dead.” A fierce vocal presence and thumping rhythmic moment make that cover a fantastic showcase of the project’s live sound, which maintains their melding of rock with industrial, stoner, gothic, and psychedelic aesthetical allure.

“Matter of Time” commences with a hypnotic, meditative swell of sounds — giving way to a twanging guitar illumination and a subsequent unleashing of distortion. A debonair, smoky vocal captivation immerses with a moody, bluesy fervency. “If it ever comes to pass, will you hold me close?” they ask during a haunting sequence; the howling vocals and murky guitar pulses converge for a strongly memorable impact. The atmospheric, darkly gripping rock sound and aesthetical mystique continues throughout all 6+ minutes. “Matter Of Time” is a winner from The Silent Era.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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