Friday, July 2, 2010

Signum A.D.- "The Unsilenced"

Local spotlight: After entering the small, recording studio to lay down some tracks as a new modern rock band in 2007, Signum A.D. have taken on the rock world by great force. This brand new band are starting to get the exposure they deserve as they start to tour more and more after their June debut "The Unsilenced."

The four-piece formed a just a couple years ago in Augusta, KS. They released a short EP album titled "Music As Morphine" in April of 2008, which included five songs that appear retouched on "The Unsilenced." I personally have had early exposure to this band when I saw them November of 2009 in Wichita, KS. I was there for a show in which Chevelle was headlining and they were the special, local guests they asked to play this show. My personal opinion on their live performance was they were better than the other two opening acts Chevelle had as their openers for the whole tour. Dave Ruyle can really belt the words out live and the other members can create tremendous harmonies. They were also heavier and seemed to have more energy than the other two bands which made them more enjoyable for me. A memorable moment of the show was the band's cover of "Died In Your Arms." Putting a rock spin on the 80s hit was defnitely an interesting take, but it won the crowd over. I would love to see them again live when they come back through.

"The Unsilenced" was produced and mixed by well-known names who have worked with successful bands in the past. The album was produced by Brett Hestla, who has worked with bands such as Framing Hanley and Dark New Day, mixed by
Kato Khandwala who has mixed Breaking Benjamin, and mastered by Tom Baker who has worked with 10 Years and Sevendust. "The Unsilenced" has a fimiliar sound that show these bands are probably somewhat of an influence. The album would definitely appeal to fans of these bands.

The album starts of with "Walls That Fall" which is probably the best song on the album, next to "Down" and "At The Seams." The heavy guitar riffs of "Walls That Fall" mixed with Ruyle's strong and raw vocals really make the song. This is a great opening song because it can catch the listeners attention right away. After hearing this song, I definitely wanted to hear more. Other noteworthy songs on this album are "Free" "Sad But Not Forgotten" and "Who I Am."

Starting as just a small band from Wichita, they are starting to branch out and get their music exposed to rock fans all around. With this album being their debut album, it's exciting to see what else they can do. By gaining a large fanbase and getting more and more support, I think they could go on to make magic in the future.

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