Ukrainian newcomers Why So Silent? are an intriguing proposition. Not only do they fuse full-on instrumental metal and virtuouso guitar playing with synthy spaciness, they’re also inspired by the small topics of space and the endlessness of the Universe.
The duo released their debut single The Only One Who Wants To Know back in November, and it’s an impressive introduction. It opens up with a spinning guitar noise – which isn’t dissimilar from Wolfmother’s The Joker and the Thief – that’s soon joined by drawn-out guitars and synth sounds. It then launches into a big smash of driving guitars and flurries of guitar notes over heavy drums with a bit of slap bass thrown in for good measure.
Searing guitars eventually come in over the top as the atmosphere builds. Then low-tuned chugging guitars take over before a section of drawn out guitars over a lively bassline and drums. And that feeds into twinkling synth sounds over a stabbing bassline, before chugging guitars and a piercing guitar lick that feeds into a big solo. It’s safe to say there’s a lot going on, and we love it. Check it out in the video below:
We chatted to guitarist Dmitry Chernichenko to find out more about the band. Read on below:
GR: Who are Why So Silent?
DC: “The idea of the Why So Silent? project belongs to Ukrainian musicians Dmitry Chernichenko (guitar) and Oleh Shpakovskiy (bass guitar). Music is our hobby and our passion.
“Initially, we planned our project with session drummers. The first track we recorded with Misha Shishkin, a drummer from Sochi. The project name is a reimagined question from the Fermi paradox: if there is intelligent life in the Universe then ‘Where is everybody?'”
GR: You just released The One Who Wants To Know. What should people be expecting from the song? What inspired you to write it?
DC: “The One Who Wants To Know is a completely instrumental track with a strong melodious part. We got inspired by space and universe endlessness.”
GR: How would you describe your sound to people that haven’t listened to you yet?
DC: “I would say this is instrumental metal with heavy riffs, a bright melody, and an airy atmosphere.”
GR: What influences you to write music? Any key themes or topics that you write about?
DC: “For us, music is a favorite hobby that makes our lives complete. When writing instrumental music we base ourselves upon some idea and try to incorporate it musically and emotionally with the sounds.”
GR: Which bands/musicians are/have been your strongest musical influences?
DC: “We are huge fans of Dream Theater, Animals as Leaders, Plini, Symphony X. Their work influenced what we do a lot.”
GR: What have you got coming up in 2020?
DC: “Now we plan to release two more singles in collaboration with two great drummers. This gonna be ambient instrumental progressive metal.”
GR: Anything else you’d like people to know about you/your music?
DC: “In any circumstance, we try to do our best. We only release our singles when we are satisfied with every sound and every aspect of the cut.”