20 Years Ago: SILENCER release Death - Pierce Me

Daily Noise - / 2021

20 Years Ago: SILENCER release Death - Pierce Me

SILENCER released their only album, Death - Pierce Me, on this day in 2001 through Prophecy.

The lineup consisted of Nattramn (DIAGNOSE LEBENSGEFAHR), Leere, and Wolz (of BETHLEHEM and later HALGADOM and DEINONYCHUS).

After the recording I think we wrote each other one time, I sent him a letter and he sent me a letter - or the other way around - and I have never spoken to him since. There was some stuff happening before the recording and I would say our friendship was becoming less of a friendship - it's been quite hard for me dealing with this, but it wasn't fun anymore and I was sensing that after recording the album I would be through with it. We had been working on the album for a couple of years so it was important to record it, but I've always worked by myself for myself musically, I never really connected to any bands.

Leere / Silencer interview, Black Metal: The Cult Never Dies (Volume One), 2015

Official label biography:

When SILENCER released their one and only album "Death - Pierce Me", they had chosen the same title as their 1998 demo. In hindsight, it seems that the time was ripe for an emotionally challenging type of black metal that incorporated elements from doom and basically aimed for expressing the most bleak emotions of bereavement, loneliness, and utter despair. It is only logical that this subgenre of a subgenre became dubbed 'depressive black metal' – or gets sometimes even branded somewhat excessively as 'depressive suicidal black metal'. Around 1998 this new scene began to coalesce around two Swedish bands, SILENCER and SHINING as well as the Quebecois MALVERY and US band XASTHUR, among others. The general template of this rising dark sound had been moulded earlier by such bands as Norwegians STRID and to some extent BETHLEHEM from Germany. SILENCER even more than their peers, also quite openly demonstrate a massive influence of BURZUM as particularly the vocals could have been lifted straight from the Norwegians' earlier iconic "Hvis lyset tar oss" release. Yet, while SHINING steadily rose to notorious fame on their course of self-destruction and flirting with death and mental breakdowns, SILENCER at first seemed to vanish into obscurity and all that remained were obscure rumours and legends. Only one interview in a German magazine had ever been consigned to history, no live shows were ever performed, nor has there been any sign of another album.