"But at What Cost?" (Thermal Entertainment; 2019)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Having not been familiar with Silvertung, I had no idea what to expect from "But at What Cost?" The band could have just as easily been a pop punk band, a nu-metal band or a black death metal folk band. I didn't know. I didn't care. I just hit PLAY.

"But at What Cost?" starts with an eerie sound effect, like the noise you'd hear in the desert night in some old science fiction movie. It only last a few seconds and then the actual music starts: a chugging, driving sound, led by heavy guitar, pushed forward by a terrific rhythm section and buoyed by strong, David Draiman-like vocals.

The seven tracks on this album are all robust, heavy rockers and one of the things I liked most about them were their anthemic, fist-pumping melodies. It's impossible not to get caught up in the world of Silvertung here. The balance of heavy vesus melodic is near perfect, what with the catchy verses and choruses and the thumping, crunchy guitar. And the pace never gets too slow or too fast.

My favorite tracks were "Feeling Inhuman" with its electrifying riffs, the musical fist fight called "World Gone Mad" and "Black Sunset" which, for some bizarre reason, reminds me of "Brutal Planet" era Alice Cooper.

Silvertung has been around for awhile but the safe money says that "But at What Cost?" just might be the release that puts them solidly on the map.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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