Age of Silence
From: Oslo, Norway
Last Known Status: Active
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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.
The number of metal bands out there has exploded in the last few years, and finding acts that meet your tastes can be quite a challenge, especially if you prefer your heavy music underground instead of well known. To help keep up with the ever shifting sea of metal, each Monday we unearth three lesser known bands all grouped by style or location.
We’ve looked at underground experimental bands before, but today we’ll cover three groups on the far fringe of the avant-garde scene. These three metallic offerings are for fans of the most bizarre reaches of music, combining elements that typically never come within miles of each other.
Age of Silence
Norway’s Age of Silence unfortunately only released a single full-length album back in 2004, titled “Acceleration,” and followed that with an EP the next year. True to its name, the band has been mostly silent since then, only popping up in 2010 to announce work was underway on another album, but nothing has come of it yet.
Age of Silence starts with a distinctly Scandinavian metal sound, but goes primarily for clean vocals, lacing in a variety of odd keyboard sound effects that take the music in a different direction than normal.
While there may or may not ever be new Age of Silence material, band member Andy Winter recently released his own solo album, offering more proggy Norwegian metal for fans who can’t get enough.
Andy Winter (Winds, Age of Silence, Sculptured) and Starofash (aka Heidi Solberg Tveitan) recently completed a collaboration project creating website music for Cage XXI Enterprises, a Florida-based video production company specializing in music videos, narratives and experimental film production.
Cage XXI has filmed projects for the American Cancer Society, Lennar Homes, the Sarasota Film Society, and most recently a music video and DVD for the Chicago-based metal band Novembers Doom.
The Cage XXI website is designed by Salt Lake City-based design firm Gesture Studio, and can be found at this location, where the soundscape created by Winter and Tveitan can also be heard: www.cagexxi.com
Andy Winter is a long time THE END RECORDS artist having released numerous albums with Winds, Age of Silence and Sculptured throughout his career. Aside from working periodically on new material and recordings with his main bands, he is also currently writing and recording a solo album.
Heidi Solberg Tveitan and Mnemosyne Productions have recently released 300 hand-numbered special edition CDs with the soundtrack by Starofash for the Irish film Ulterior. THE END RECORDS will distribute the album for North America, and it is now available for sale through the web store.
Avant-garde/prog/metal act AGE OF SILENCE, the Norwegian band featuring Lazare (BORKNAGAR, SOLEFALD), Hellhammer (WINDS, ARCTURUS, MAYHEM) and Eikind (KHOLD, TULUS), among others, have issued the following update on the progress of the songwriting sessions for their upcoming album:
"If things have been quiet in the AGE OF SILENCE camp for a while, that is because we have been busy with other musical projects lately!
"We are soon getting closer to preparing for the recording of a new album. All the material has been ready for quite some time, and in order to progress even further we are taking a step backwards with this new release.
"Musically speaking, we are not going to reveal much, but it will be darker, heavier, yet still containing the usual AGE OF SILENCE brilliance! In other words, expect a masterpiece that will undoubtedly set a new standard in ‘extreme-fusion’ for years to come."
In other news, AGE OF SILENCE have launched a new official forum at this location.
AGE OF SILENCE released a three-song EP entitled "Complications – Trilogy of Intricacy" on The End Records last fall.
Age of Silence/Winds keyboardist Andy Winter has commented on his band's plans:
"Greetings everyone! As we are getting closer to the half way mark of the year, I guess this is as good a time as any to write an update about what's been going on lately, and more importantly what's to come. On May 3rd I released a mini CD containing a solo performance with classical piano music. This release is my first solo release and it is called Shades of Light Through Black and White. It is available exclusively through The End Records, and the cover art is graced with some unique black and white photographs. The disc is a 1000 copy limited edition release.
As reported some time ago Winds has already completed the basic material for the fourth album, and the drums were recorded last year. At this time we are making the preparations to continue the recordings, meaning that Carl August Tidemann will find himself in and out of the studio for several months starting after his summer vacation. I have also completed the lyrical concept, and earlier this week I talked to the guys about the musical direction of the next record. There is still a lot to be determined about the sound and the details, and we are still in the midst of discussing all of this, but already the entire band agrees that what we are on the right track for something new, and that what we are about to embark on will pretty much blow everything we have done so far out of the water. Maybe that is an overused cliche that every band nowadays uses when they put out a new record, but I believe we have the merits to back up our claim, and in this case there is no doubt that this will be the most different record we have ever done. I can also say that this record won't see the light! of day until some time in 2006, so that we will have spent over 2 years making it from the recordings started until they finish should be an indication of how much effort we are putting into it. I know I previously stated that we would not take two years to make the next album, but what can I say, I will have to admit I was wrong and correct myself in this matter. I may also have to correct my previous statement about not involving any guests on the new record, but that part still remains to be seen, and I guess only time will tell. More...
Age of Silence has posted a brief statement regarding their current status and future plans. It reads as follows:
We will make no attempt to apologize for the last six month's hiatus.
We have been deeply entrenched in the product development chambers of the Age of Silence headquarters, which lies in an undisclosed location somewhere between your world and ours.
It has been decided that the next product will be a grand gesture of Epic proportions, so read into that what you will, and prepare for the next step in our crusade.
AGE OF SILENCE has completed the production of their debut album "Acceleration" which will be released on The End Records on Sept 14th. The album was recorded in Norway at Toproom studio among others. The mix was done at The Factory in Canada by producer Andy Winter and mixing engineer Sheldon Zaharko, who has previously worked with artists like Marilyn Manson and Rob Halford. The band features members of Winds, Mayhem, and Solefald and artwork on the album by Travis Smith.
You can check out an mp3 of 'The Concept Of Haste'.