No. 18

December 01, 2014

This year brought the release of the debut album "Dead Inside" from a five-piece metal band out of Wheaton, Maryland called Silence The Blind. The band has been bringing brutal crossover thrash to the DC/MD/NoVA metal scene since late 2009. STB are Danny Boiko - Drums, Backing Vocals, Jae Curtis - Vocals, Eric Holmes - Guitars, Frank Kennedy Bass, and Danny Villagran - Guitars. The album was recorded by Mike Bossier at Oblivion Studios in Upper Marlboro, MD. Mixed and Mastered by Kit Benz. "Dead Inside" was surprising and refreshing, a testament to the honing of this bands sound over the past five years, and complimented by a top-notch recording production. It was one of the breakout albums of the year by a Maryland artist.

When asked where the name Silence The Blind came from, guitarist Eric Holmes stated "It's a polite way of saying shut the fuck up to all the people that don't believe in what you want to do. The nay sayers, the doubters the non believers. They are blinded by their own ignorance and stupidity." Some of Eric's influences include Kerry King (Slayer) , Gary Holt (Exodus) , Scott Ian (Anthrax) , and Mitch Harris (Napalm Death). Eric plays Ibanez S & RG series guitars through a Peavey Supreme head, BBE , Rocktron 300, and Hughs & Kettner 4x12 cab. One of his most memorable moments happened when the band played the Summer Slaughter Tour in Baltimore in 2011 with headliners The Black Dahlia Murder, White Chapel, and supporting acts Darkest Hour, Six Feet Under, Dying Fetus, Vital Remains, and others. Eric stated that "it was awesome seeing the flood of people rushing in to pack the side room at Sonar during our set while Vital Remains was on the main stage. The event was sponsored by such well known businesses as Metal Blade, Relapse, Earache, Nuclear Blast, and others.

Vocalist Jae Curtis names Pantera, Slayer, and Shai Hulud as some of his influences. He recalled the time STB played a metal fest upstairs at King's Court / Ball's Bluff in Leesburg a few years ago. King's Court was packed front to back, people were jumping up and down, and the floor was shaking. Jae said "It was awesome but I thought we were going to end up crashing through the floor. It was one of my favorite sets". Jae stated that one of the craziest things happened when the band got metal banned from a venue in Gaithersburg.

Bassist Frank Kennedy cites his influences as Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Cliff Burton (Metallica), Steve Harris (Iron Maiden), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Les Claypool (Primus), and Geddy Lee (Rush). Frank plays Schecter and Ibanex bass guitars through a Line 6 head and Kustom cabinets. His favorite memory is the same show Jae mentioned because Hybrid opened that show but stated "my favorite show was the cancer benefit show at club 611. Helping our local community is important as no kid should have to fight to live. My Mom beat cancer and my Nana died the day after Christmas in my dining room which was converted to her final private bedroom before she died".

Guitarist Danny "Dizzy" Villagran was influenced by his dad, Metallica with Cliff Burton, Santana, Randy Rhodes (Ozzy), and Testament. Danny plays ESP and Schecter guitars through a Marshall amp with Boss, Morley, and TC Electronics pedals. Drummer Danny "D~Bo" Boiko cites his influences as Igor Cavalera (Sepultura, Cavalera Conspiracy), Gene Hoglan (Dark Angel, Death, Testament, Strapping Young Lad), Danny Shuler (Biohazard), D.C. Go-Go, and Dave Culross (Malevolent Creation, Suffocation). Danny plays Yamaha Stage Custom drums. When asked to recall one of the craziest moments he experienced with the band, Danny stated "I think the night at Growlers was pretty crazy, but I dont think we want to promote all that (laughs)." The band seems to agree that the craziest moment may have been when guitarist Eric Holmes managed to play an hour and a half set while unknowingly having a mini-stoke. This must have brought a new meaning to the word "brutal".


Silence the Blind put on an intense live show that is aggressive and heavy. Their debut album "Dead Inside" is sure to gain them notoriety and have industry prospectors looking their way. If you have the chance, treat yourself, and check them out. You can find them performing at clubs such as the Sidebar Tavern in Baltimore, Guido's in Frederick, Club 611 in Frederick, Howard Theater in DC, and Fat Tuesday's in Fairfax, VA. The band is heading into the studio to begin work on an EP to be titled "The Undead March" and will be putting out a full-length CD to be titled "It All Goes Black" in the fall of 2015. STB say they plan to "continue rocking, playing shows, making records, drinking beer, repeat".



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