I can't seem to pin down just what it is about this EP that is so compelling to me. The disc is certainly heavy and dark, but also so uncontrived and genuine that it doesn't fit into a clean little genre. Silentist is a two piece band consisting of drums, piano, a wide range of vocal styles, some guitar work, and other occasional sounds. The production of this EP is nice and sparse, and doesn't feel overworked. There are touches of effects here and there, but nothing too overpowering. The drumming and vocal work really push this into another level, with blast beats coming in at just the right moment and screams turning to croons in subtle shifts of momentum.
Lyrically, the band is traversing somewhere close to Wolf Eyes territory- embracing fear and doom, with a bit of dark ritual thrown in. There seems to be a genuine need to get it all out, and I think this is what resonates with a lot of listeners. The amazing amount of focus towards creating a specific and unique mood is what I find most rewarding about this release. The intense, dreary atmosphere is immediate, and it never lets up throughout the whole disc. 10/10 -- Charles Franklin (23 October, 2006)