Sylencer Delivers A Lethal Dose Of Truth

A Lethal Dose Of Truth by Sylencer

Reviewer: Chris Hattingh

Markus Johansson – Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar                                                                         Johnny Rox – Bass Guitar                                                                                                         Kevin Talley – Drums

The new Sylencer album features guest appearances from Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater), Rob Caggiano (Anthrax), Brendon Small (Dethklok), Andy LaRocque (King Diamond), and Gene Hoglan (Death, Testament). See a continued list of all the artists involved in this project below:

Michael Angelo Batio – Lead Guitar (MAB, Nitro)                                                                       Metal Mike Chlasciak – Lead Guitar (Rob Halford, Sebastian Bach)                           Steve DiGiorgio – Bass Guitar (Sadus, Death, Testament, Iced Earth)                           Roland Grapow – Lead Guitar (Helloween, Masterplan)                                               The Heathen – Vocals (Zimmers Hole)                                                                    Christian Lasegue – Lead Guitar (Jag Panzer)                                                                 Marco Minnemann – Drums (Necrophagist, Paul Gilbert, Kreator)                                               Sean Reinert – Drums (Cynic, Death)                                                                              Steve Smyth – Lead Guitar (Forbidden, Testament, Nevermore)                                           Larry Tarnowski – Lead Guitar (Iced Earth)                                                                     Emil Werstler – Lead Guitar (Dååth, Chimaira, Levi/Werstler)


This album may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s right up my alley. This is speed metal/shred guitar at its best. Usually when I review an album I list my favorite tracks, but in this case all the tracks are my favorite! If I had to pick just two I would probably go with “Dead To Your World” and “The End Of The Nightmare”, but all tracks display a masterful blend of high energy, well crafted instrumental virtuosity. From the squeaky-tight arrangements to the shredding guitar solos to the incredible double kick drum pyrotechnics to the James Hetfield type vocals, I could listen to this stuff all day.

As a guitarist I am totally blown away. The melodic guitar solos almost all have a neo-classical flavor – which I love. Fans of Yngwie, Paul Gilbert, Satch, Vai and the like will eat this guitar playing up. The drum tracks remind me of Lars Ulrich, but (if possible) maybe even better. The production quality is great, and I have no problem recommending this release to all fans of Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, Anthrax, Slayer, Racer X, Yngwie Malmsteen, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, or all fans of speed metal and shred guitar – or fans of instrumental virtuosity in general.