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Reply robertigno
12:20 PM on June 11, 2013 
Broken Silence - Discerning The Times 1995

01. Streets of Empty Soul
02. Higher
03. Ready to Go
04. Naked
05. Broken Crowns

CREDIT:
Daniel J. Ysais - Lead Vocals
Ace McFadden - Drums
Ric Rodeheaver - Bass Guitar
Byron Jacobs - Guitars.
CERDIT:Last known line-up
Daniel J. Ysais - Vocals (Days of Change)
Byron Jacobs - Guitar
Freddy Roadheaver - Bass
Ace McFadden - Drums

This album was originally released as an EP and later re-released in Japan as a full length release. Produced by David Zaffiro, former Bloodgood guitarist/Holy Soldier producer.Hard Rock band once touted by erstwhile MEGADETH guitarist Jeff Young, this bunch were led by female vocalist Tracy King and offered a melodic Hard Rock with a vaguely Christian slant lyrically.

Of interest to AOR Fans is the appearance of Ex-SCANDAL Guitarist Keith Mack and a track, 'We Will Survive', boasts songwriting credits for ex-RAINBOW vocalist JOE LYNN TURNER, SPYS man Al Greenwood and Guitar hotshot Al Pitrelli of SAVATAGE and MEGADETH.Do you love Christian melodic metal in the vein of Holy Soldier? Then you need this CD. A Jap.-only release, it can be pricey, but it's worth it, full of sizzling guitars, sharp hooks, & great production courtesy of David Zaffiro (Holy Soldier; Bloodgood

You'll also discern a bit more attitude here than you typically find in Christian hard rock bands (the last song, "Broken Crowns," is a good example). Why should the devil have all the good music? Well, BROKEN SILENCE is proof he doesn't.Broken Silence are 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. I wonder why these guys never broke in America. "Discerning the Times" was produced by David Zaffiro, former Bloodgood guitarist/Holy Soldier producer. I originally bought an ep-cd, also called "Discerning the Times," by this band many years ago. When I found this Japanese full length album, I sold the ep and snatched up this 13 song jem.
Reply robertigno
11:58 AM on June 11, 2013 
Broken Silence - Discerning The Times 1995

01. Streets of Empty Soul
02. Higher
03. Ready to Go
04. Naked
05. Broken Crowns

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.

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.

Broken Silence hails from Hawaii and is made up of Daniel J. Ysais (vocals), Byron Jacobs (guitar), Ric Rodeheaver (bass), and Ace McFadden (drums). Although highly popular both in their native Hawaii and in Japan, Broken Silence never really took off on the Mainland. After listening to the CD a few times I?m not quite sure why.

The CD, while having a definite message about Faith, it isn?t in any way preachy. There are tracks with blistering riffs and Daniel?s vocals are wonderful throughout. Even the slower tracks that border on ballad territory offer wonderful musicianship. Honestly if you didn?t know that this was a Christian Metal band I bet you would just be banging your head and enjoying the music.

The highlights for me are ?Streets Of The Empty Soul? with it?s great guitar work, ?Naked? with it?s heartfelt lyrics, and ?Free? with it?s infectious hooks. The one thing that kept going through my head was that this is almost a snapshot of Metal in the late 80?s and early 90?s, before Grunge took over the world. Perhaps that?s why bands like Broken Silence have been largely forgotten. / This is a good CD, particularly for people who enjoy the Metal sound but not the typical Metal lyrics. I do know that this is one of the few reissues that I was glad to find.