CD review: Dead Silence - Billy Talent

MIKE ALEXANDER
Last updated 05:00 25/11/2012
Dead Silence - Billy Talent
Dead Silence - Billy Talent

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DEAD SILENCE
Billy Talent
(Warner)

The evolution from hard out punk to hard out rock has found semi-fertile ground in the fifth studio album by one of Canada's favourite sons. 

Frontman Ben Kowalewicz, who has worked with Cancer Bats and Anti Flag, still has the snarly attitude of an anarchist, particularly on the two singles to date, Viking Death March - a rage against deception and lis - and the turbo-fuelled Surprise Surprise, but there's a lot more flesh on the bones of this album than Billy Talent have previously shown. 

And while they occasionally misfire - Crooked Minds is a clichéd metal meltdown - Man Alive and Don't Count On The Wicked are as energetic and skittish as a playful cat chasing its tail.  

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