Brought to life by the multi-instrumentalist and producer NeroArgento (already active with his main band NeroArgento besides being involved in many collaborations worldwide as a producer, arranger and musician) and vocalist Claudio Ravinale (now under the nickname Infernalizer, known for being the voice of anger of the death metal institution Disarmonia Mundi and the horror metal act 5 Star Grave) The Silverblack is an industrial metal creature that quickly developed its own malicious sound, relentlessly spitting out extremely catchy industrial metal albums throughout the years. Supported by and extremely wide range of influences and a multi-layered vocal approach (from goth deep voices to extremely irate death metal shouts) The Silverblack‘s soundscape features both sharp and aggressive passages and more atmospheric and eerie moments redefining and bringing new life to the concept of industrial metal.
After releasing the self-titled debut album in 2014 via AExeron Media/FiXT divided into five monthly episodes of two songs each, the band quickly recorded 11 brand new tracks (produced as usual by NeroArgento at AExeron Studios) for the second album entitled “The Grand Turmoil” released via Sliptrick Records in autumn 2015.
“The Grand Turmoil” has been praised by both critics and fans worldwide for refining further the band’s formula melting together industrial beats, rot’n’roll assaults, gothic parts and metal onslaughts, sharpening and enhancing to a higher degree the already unique band’s venomous sound.
Besides re-releasing a reworked version of the debut album in 2016 the band delivered in 2017 a more experimental electro-driven ep entitled “The Industrial Chapters” under the monicker “The Silverblack Dj-Set” along with the stand-alone single “Alone” (both released via Reload Music, powered by Sony Music Italy).
Rain On A Wedding Day
In 2018 after signing a multi-album contract with the German label DarkTunes Music Group the band completed the production of their third official full-lenght album emblematically entitled “Rain On A Wedding Day”: the new body of work presented the The Silverblack at their darkest ever, combining the usual industrial metal approach with a more melancholic and goth rock-driven sound, shaping lonesome eerie soundscapes like never before. The vocal textures are as usual extremely multi-layered while the lyrical themes deal about negativity, anger, decadence and the complete loss of hope, representing a faithful mirror of the times in which we are living.
A year after the dark and melancholic “Rain On A Wedding Day” the band hits the studio again and the result is a brand new explosive album entitled “Prototype 6:17”.
The sound has once again evolved if compared to the previous album: the tempos have become more sustained, the guitar-work is more relevant and there’s an overall aggression that gives a sense of urgency to the whole work. Clear examples of this new-found energy are pounders like the opener “Prototype”, “Sine Missione” or the industrial smasher “To The Shadows”.
There’s still a lot of space for the more melodic moments that usually culminate in extremely catchy choruses (“Embers”, “Hold On To A Whisper”) skillfully layered by NeroArgento‘s vocals that create a vivid contrast with the more heavy parts dominated by the feral vocals of Infernalizer.
There is a particular attention to details when it comes to the synthesizers and the arrangements of the electronic parts, while the song structures themselves are usually essential avoiding being redundant, clearly showcasing the willingness to write direct and immediate industrial-metal anthems.
The dystopian cyberpunk atmosphere of the opus is well portrayed by a stunning sci-fi cover art by Noel Guard, known for having illustrated “The Industrialist” graphic novel by Fear Factory‘s Burton C Bell, while the album’s title itself is a clear reference to the 6:17 verse taken from the Book Of Revelation: “For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can withstand it?”; and there’s tons of wrath in the lyrics for sure: the main lyrical themes deal about anger, melancholy and a nihilistic existential approach that leaves no room for hope or a better tomorrow.
A slight change of pace occurs when Infernalizer switches from the death growlish vocals to a more deep crooning tone giving songs like “Carnivogue” a more gothic-industrial flavour.
While the album has been recorded at NeroArgento‘s own Aexeron Studios in Turin as usual the production has been handled for the first time ever by both NeroArgento and his long time friend and producer Travis J Pierson at the White Eagle Sound in Baltimora, creating a more defined and balanced sound, giving more clearness and depth to the usual The Silverblack‘s signature sound.
Lullabies For The Departed (Chapter I)
After releasing the previous album, without wasting any time, the band immediately starts to work on new material, but unfortunately due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic the release of a brand new record needs to be pushed back. In the meanwhile, during the lockdown, the band decides to record an EP featuring some of their previously released songs reworked in an acoustic form entitled “Lullabies For The Departed (Chapter I)“. This EP showcases The Silverblack as never before featuring a stripped down, melancholic acoustic sound that well portrays the times of uncertainty and isolation we’re living in.