Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

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Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
Studio album by Killarmy
Released August 5, 1997
Recorded 1995–1997
Genre Hip hop
Length 64:45
Label Wu-Tang/Priority/EMI Records
0499 2 50633 2 5
P2-50633
Producer 4th Disciple
The RZA
Killarmy chronology
Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
(1997)
Dirty Weaponry
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars link
RapReviews.com 8/10 stars link

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars is the debut from Wu-Tang affiliate Killarmy. The group consists of six MCs: Killa Sin, Beretta 9, Islord, 9th Prince, P.R. Terrorist (now Dom Pachino), and ShoGun Assasson; and one producer, 4th Disciple, who produced the majority of the album. Like Black Lung's album of the same name, the title was taken from a document that came to light in the mid-1980s detailing a New-World Order plan for world domination; a topic that was explored in Milton William Cooper's infamous book Behold a Pale Horse.

Silent Weapons initially received mixed reviews from critics, who saw the group as a low-rent version of the Wu-Tang Clan [1] because of similarities in the group's street-oriented Five-Percenter rhymes and dark production. The album was well received by Wu-Tang and underground hip hop fans—acclaimed for its unique combat themes and stellar production work.

The album features production from 4th Disciple, Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA, and guest appearances from Clan member Masta Killa, Clan affiliates Streetlife, and Hell Razah and Prodigal Sunn of Sunz of Man. The album features the singles "Swinging Swords," "Camouflage Ninjas" b/w "Wake Up," and "Wu-Renegades" b/w "Clash of the Titans."

Track listing[edit]

# Title Producer(s) Performer (s) Sample (s)
1 "Dress to Kill" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: Killa Sin
  • Second verse: 9th Prince
  • Third verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Chorus: 9th Prince
*"Get Out of My Life, Woman" by Iron Butterfly
2 "Clash of the Titans" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Second verse: 9th Prince
  • Third verse: Dom Pachino
  • Fourth verse: Streetlife
  • Fifth verse: Beretta 9
*"Celeste Aida" by 101 Strings
3 "Burning Season" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: Killa Sin
  • Second verse: Killa Sin
  • Third verse: Killa Sin
  • Chorus: 9th Prince
*"Light My Fire" by Al Green
4 "Blood for Blood" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: Dom Pachino
  • Second verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Third verse: 9th Prince
  • Fourth verse: Beretta 9
*"The Wind That Shakes the Barley" by Dead Can Dance
5 "Seems it Never Fails" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: Islord
  • Second verse: 9th Prince
  • Chorus: Islord, 9th Prince
6 "Universal Soldiers" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: Killa Sin
  • Second verse: Dom Pachino
  • Third verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Fourth verse: 9th Prince
7 "Love, Hell, or Right" *"We've Only Just Begun" by Henry Mancini and Doc Severinsen
8 "Wake Up" The RZA
  • First verse: 9th Prince
  • Second verse: Hell Razah
  • Third verse: Killa Sin
  • Fourth verse: Prodigal Sunn
  • Chorus: Islord
*"The Lonely Man Theme" by Joe Harnell
9 "Fair, Love, and War" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: Killa Sin
  • Second verse: Beretta 9
  • Third verse: Dom Pachino
  • Fourth verse: ShoGun Assasson
10 "Wu-Renegades" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: Dom Pachino
  • Second verse: Killa Sin
  • Third verse: 9th Prince
  • Fourth verse: 4th Disciple
  • Fifth verse: Beretta 9
*"Frühlingsrauschen" ("Rustles of Spring") by Christian Sinding (unknown recording)
11 "Full Moon" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: 9th Prince
  • Second verse: Killa Sin
*"Requiem" by Brooklyn Bridge
*"God Made Me Funky" by the Headhunters
12 "Under Siege" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Second verse: Dom Pachino
  • Third verse: Beretta 9
13 "Shelter" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: Beretta 9
  • Second verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Chorus: Hoffa
14 "Camouflage Ninjas" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Second verse: Dom Pachino
  • Third verse: Beretta 9
  • Fourth verse: 9th Prince
*"Mom" by Earth, Wind & Fire
15 "Swinging Swords" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: 9th Prince
  • Second verse: Dom Pachino
  • Third verse: Killa Sin
*"Swing! Brother, Swing!" by Billie Holiday
16 "War Face" The RZA
  • First verse: 9th Prince
  • Second verse: Hoffa
  • Third verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Fourth verse: Beretta 9
  • Fifth verse: Killa Sin
17 "5 Stars" 4th Disciple
  • First verse: 9th Prince
  • Second verse: Beretta 9
  • Third verse: ShoGun Assasson
  • Fourth verse: Dom Pachino
  • Fifth verse: Masta Killa
*"Suicide Is Painless (Main Title)" by Johnny Mandel and Mike Altman

The album uses a wide variety of samples, including "Suicide is Painless" from the show M.A.S.H. ("Five Stars"), the theme of the television version of The Incredible Hulk ("Wake Up"), a recording of “Frühlingsrauschen” ("Rustles of Spring") by Western classical composer Christian Sinding ("Wu-Renegades"), and "The Wind that Shakes the Barley" by Dead Can Dance ("Blood for Blood"). Many vocal samples from Stanley Kubrick's Full Metal Jacket are used throughout the album as well.

Album singles[edit]

Single information
"Swinging Swords"
  • Released: 1995 (Promo version), re-released in 1997
  • B-side:
"Camouflage Ninjas"
  • Released: October 1, 1996
  • B-side: "Wake Up" (with Sunz of Man)
"Wu-Renegades"
  • Released: February 1, 1997
  • B-side: "Clash of the Titans"

Album chart positions[edit]

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1997 Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars 34 10

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1996 "Wake Up" - 89 20 37
1997 "Wu-Renegades" - 69 16 -

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