Break the Silence (van Canto album)

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Break the Silence
Break the Silence (van Canto album).jpg
Studio album by Van Canto
Released 23 September 2011 (2011-09-23)
Genre Heavy metal, a cappella
Length 62:11
Label Napalm Records
Van Canto chronology
Tribe of Force
Break the Silence
Dawn of the Brave
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Black Wind Metal 4/5 stars[1]

Break the Silence is the fourth studio album by the German a cappella metal band van Canto, released on 23 September 2011. It reached number 23 in the German charts.[2] It features 13 tracks, five of them being covers, and two of them featuring guest artists: Joakim Brodén (from Sabaton) guest appears in his band's cover "Primo Victoria", Marcus Siepen (from Blind Guardian) guest appears on "Spelled in Waters".[3] "A Storm to Come" is their longest song to date, clocking at 9:13, and is also the first episode of "Peer Returns", Van Canto's theatrical a cappella metal adaption of "Peer Gynt".

Critical reaction[edit] rated it 9/10.[4] The Age of Metal called it a "jewel", praising its production and innovation.[5] Metal Storm rated it 8.4/10.[6] was less complimentary, suggesting it would be better not to break the silence and calling it "as unnecessary as a goiter".[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "If I Die in Battle" 4:46
2. "The Seller of Souls" 3:24
3. "Primo Victoria" (Sabaton cover, featuring Joakim Brodén from Sabaton) 3:44
4. "Dangers in My Head" 4:05
5. "Black Wings of Hate" (Fading Starlight cover) 4:41
6. "Bed of Nails" (Alice Cooper cover) 3:37
7. "Spelled in Waters" (featuring Marcus Siepen from Blind Guardian) 4:26
8. "Neuer Wind" 3:21
9. "The Higher Flight" 5:00
10. "Master of the Wind" (Manowar cover) 6:09
Bonus tracks
No. Title Length
11. "Betrayed" (Runes of Magic) 4:58
12. "Bad to the Bone" (Running Wild cover) 4:52
13. "A Storm to Come" (featuring Helen Vogt from Flowing Tears) 9:13



Van Canto
  • Dennis Schunke (Sly) – lead vocals
  • Inga Scharf – lead vocals (effects)
  • Stefan Schmidt – lower rakkatakka vocals, wahwah solo guitar vocals (rhythm, lead on solos)
  • Ross Thompson – higher rakkatakka vocals (lead)
  • Ingo Sterzinger (Ike) – lowest dandan vocals (bass)
  • Bastian Emig – drums, piano on "Master of the Wind"
Guest musicians


  1. ^ Kenning, Allyson (2011-11-14). "Van Canto – Break the Silence". Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  2. ^ Genzel, Christian. "Break The Silence (Review)". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Van Canto. "News | Van Canto". Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  4. ^ "Van Canto - Break The Silence (Review)". 2011-09-13. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Van Canto – Break The Silence (2011)". The Age of Metal. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Van Canto - Break The Silence". Metal Storm. Retrieved 2016-05-19. 
  7. ^ Edele, Michael. "Break The Silence". Retrieved 8 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 12, 2012. Retrieved September 24, 2011.