Dead Silence (album)

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Dead Silence
Dead Silence album cover by Billy Talent.png
Studio album by Billy Talent
Released September 11, 2012[1]
Recorded November 2011-July 2012 at Armoury Studios, Vancouver, BC and Noble Street Studios, Toronto, ON and Vespa Studios, Toronto, ON and Steakhouse Studios, North Hollywood, CA and Dudebox Studios, Toronto, ON
Genre Alternative rock, punk rock, post-hardcore
Length 53:56
Label Warner Music Canada / Last Gang
Producer Ian D'Sa
Billy Talent chronology
Billy Talent III
(2009)Billy Talent III2009
Dead Silence
Singles from Dead Silence
  1. "Viking Death March"
    Released: May 25, 2012
  2. "Surprise Surprise"
    Released: August 7, 2012
  3. "Stand Up and Run"
    Released: February 4, 2013
  4. "Show Me The Way"
    Released: July 31, 2013
  5. "Runnin' Across the Tracks"
    Released: October 30, 2013

Dead Silence is the fourth studio album by Canadian rock band Billy Talent. It was released on September 11, 2012, and was produced by the band's guitarist Ian D'Sa.

Billy Talent started recording material for Dead Silence on November 25, 2011, and finished in July 2012.[2]

The title and artwork of the album was revealed on the band's Twitter, Facebook and official website on July 11, 2012.[3] The album's first single, "Viking Death March", was released on May 26, 2012 and has so far peaked at #3 on the Canadian rock/alternative charts. The second single "Surprise Surprise" was released on August 7, 2012 and reached #1 on the Canadian rock/alternative chart. The artwork for the album was created by popular poster artist, Ken Taylor.[4]

Songs featured on the album were nominated at the 2013 Canadian Juno awards, such as "Viking Death March" for single of the year.

The band released the album on September 4, 2012, on their SoundCloud account.[5]

Singles and music videos[edit]

  • "Viking Death March"
  • "Surprise Surprise"
  • "Stand Up and Run"
  • "Show Me the Way"
  • "Runnin' Across the Tracks"
  • "Love Was Still Around"

Online videos were released for both "Runnin' Across the Tracks" and "Love Was Still Around".

The teaser video for "Runnin' Across the Tracks" was revealed on October 2, 2013.[6] A few weeks later, the full video was released online October 30, 2013.[7]

A live online video for "Love Was Still Around" was released on May 26, 2015.[8] The video was directed by touring photography and friend, Dustin Rabin.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Lonely Road to Absolution" 1:15
2. "Viking Death March" 4:04
3. "Surprise Surprise" 3:08
4. "Runnin' Across the Tracks" 4:19
5. "Love Was Still Around" 3:46
6. "Stand Up and Run" 3:20
7. "Crooked Minds" 5:04
8. "Man Alive!" 3:36
9. "Hanging by a Thread" 3:53
10. "Cure for the Enemy" 4:26
11. "Don't Count on the Wicked" 4:08
12. "Show Me the Way" 3:06
13. "Swallowed Up by the Ocean" 5:02
14. "Dead Silence" 4:49


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[9]
Bring The Noise UK 10/10 stars
The Five 10 8.5/10 stars
Kerrang! 4/5 stars 3/5 stars[10]
Montreal Gazette 3.5/5 stars
Rock Magazine 10/10 stars
Rock Sound 9/10 stars
Toronto Sun 3.5/5 stars
Under the Gun positive

Dead Silence has received positive reviews upon release, most critics praising the change of style from its predecessor, Billy Talent III.