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11:56 AM on June 11, 2013 
Broken Silence - Discerning The Times 1995/1996/2011

01. Streets of the Empty Soul
02. Higher
03. Not Love At All (It's My Heart)
04. Naked
05. Ready to Go
06. Free
07. Innocent Kill
08. Break the Silence
09. Seasons
10. Hard Times
11. Follow the Leader
12. If I Love
13. Broken Crowns

Musicians
Daniel J. Ysais - Lead Vocals
Byron Jacobs - Guitars
Ric Rodeheaver - Bass
Ace McFadden - Drums

Broken Silence may be one of the most overlooked bands of their time. Formed in the Hawaiian Islands in 1989, they rose to local fame. It was there they met Daryn Hinton, the former manger of Stryper/Holy Soldier. She worked with the band on their first EP and introduced them to producer David Zaffiro, former Bloodgood guitarist, and producer of Holy Soldier. Known not only for their strength of conviction, but also as one of the only rock bands to ever come from Hawaii; their notoriety soon reached the shores of the mainland. The band was courted by several record labels but never quite found the right fit.

In spite of the changing music industry, this critically acclaimed album was originally released as an EP, later re-released in Japan as a full length album, and now is made available to all. The 2011 Retroarchives Edition features all 13 tracks digitally remastered by J Powell at Steinhaus, and comes in a 6 panel digipak featuring lyrics and a band bio. With Zaffiro's hand at the helm, it's no surprise that Broken Silence's sound and recording is of the highest caliber! Producer David Zaffiro even recruited Broken Silence vocalist Daniel Ysais to sing on several tracks on Holy Soldier's second album. It's so good (and CDs are so rare) that No Life Til Metal webzine writer Scott Waters (Ultimatum) wrote, "Broken Silence is one of the greatest melodic metal bands that you have never heard. Every song has a killer hook, jaw dropping guitar solo, and phenomenal vocals." Well said. For fans of Stryper, Holy Soldier, Guardian, and Sacred Warrior!

Discerning the Times" is the one and only album from melodic metal band Broken Silence. Formed in Hawaii, USA in 1989, they quickly rose to local fame. It was in Hawaii that they met Daryn Hinton, the former manger of Stryper and Holy Soldier. She worked with the band on their first. independent EP and introduced them to producer David Zaffiro, who had also produced Holy Soldier, as well as being the former guitarist from Bloodgood. The album was then picked up by Japanese label Alfa and released as a full length album with modified cover art. For reasons unknown to me, the full length CD was never released outside of Japan and quickly became a collectible.

Broken Silence are one of the greatest melodic heavy metal bands that most people have never heard. Every song on "Discerning the TImes" has a killer hook, jaw dropping guitar solos, crunchy guitar tones and phenomenal vocals. Musically the band bridges a gap between the progressive flair of early Queensryche and the edge and grit of the early Skid Row and Dokken. They also remind me of another fairly unknown, underground band, Seventhsign. For the most part, the songs rock hard. Tracks like "Streets of The Empty Soul", "Naked", and "Innocent Kill" are all heavy rockers. Others tracks like "Break the Silence" and "Follow the Leader" are more slightly melodic. "Not Love At All", "Seasons" and "If I Love" are the ballads, but good songs nonetheless. "Not Love At All" in particular is a soaring power ballad.

Vocalist Daniel J. Ysais has a fairly smooth voice with just the slightest hint of grit to keep him from sounding too poppy. At times he reminds me of Stryper's Micheal Sweet, though I hear equal parts Mark Slaughter (Vinnie Vincent Invasion/Slaughter) and Louis D' Augusta (Mass).

Though "Discerning the Times" was fairly impossible to find for nearly a decade after it's Japanese release, the album was finally released in the U.S. on Retroactive Records in 2011. The music was remastered, but is not dramatically different from the original release, which already had stellar production. The Retroactive re-release is packaged in a 6-panel digi-pack with lyrics. There is no booklet included. The original Japanese release has a 20-page booklet.

Sometimes you get a CD that has been recently reissued and wonder to yourself why this band didn?t have a more prominent presence in that particular genre. Such is the case with Broken Silence, and their CD ?Discerning The Times?. Broken Silence takes the hard-core Metal riffs and matches them with lyrics that are both inspirational and speak to their faith.