Hell and Silence

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Hell and Silence
Hell and Silence EP.jpeg
EP by Imagine Dragons
Released June 1, 2010
Recorded Battle Born Studios (Paradise, Nevada, United States)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 18:12
Label Self-released
Producer Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons chronology
Imagine Dragons
(2009)Imagine Dragons2009
Hell and Silence
(2010)
It's Time
(2011)It's Time2011

Hell and Silence is the second extended play (EP) by American rock band Imagine Dragons, released on June 1, 2010. It was recorded at Battle Born Studios.[1] All songs were written by Imagine Dragons and self-produced; the EP was in part mixed by Grammy nominated engineer Mark Needham. Most of the songs on this EP were remastered and included on the Continued Silence EP and/or Night Visions, excluding "All Eyes" and "Emma".

To promote the EP, the band performed five shows at SXSW 2010 including at the BMI Official Showcase.[2][3] While at SXSW they were endorsed by Blue Microphones. They also toured the western United States with Nico Vega and Saint Motel. They also performed at Bite of Las Vegas Festival 2010, New Noise Music Festival, Neon Reverb Festival, and Fork Fest. The name of the EP comes from a line in "Emma".

In popular culture[edit]

"All Eyes" was featured in the Degrassi: The Next Generation episode Drop It Like It's Hot (Part One).[4] "I Don't Mind" was featured in the promo commercials for American Idol Season 11 and MTV's World of Jenks.

"Hear Me" was featured in the soundtrack to the feature film Answers to Nothing, MTV's The Real World: Las Vegas, and performed live on PBS' Vegas In Tune.[5]

Release[edit]

First pressing[edit]

There is rumored to be a first pressing of Hell and Silence apart from the normal version found widespread online. The difference of the two pressings is only minor modifications to the instrumentals. (louder, different drums in All Eyes, minor pluck differences in Emma) The first printing of All Eyes can be found on the Blue Microphones YouTube channel. No full 1st printing album can be found online, but it is believed that /u/all_eyes from Reddit.com owns both pressings.

Track listing[edit]

Track listing and credits taken off of the physical CD copy.[citation needed] All songs written and produced by Imagine Dragons (Ben McKee, Daniel Wayne Sermon, Dan Reynolds, Andrew Tolman and Brittany Tolman), except where noted.

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "All Eyes" Mark Needham, Robert Root, Imagine Dragons 2:59
2. "I Don't Mind" Mark Needham, Robert Root, Imagine Dragons 3:16
3. "Hear Me" Mark Needham, Robert Root, Imagine Dragons 3:55
4. "Selene" Mark Needham, Robert Root, Imagine Dragons 4:30
5. "Emma" Mark Needham, Robert Root, Imagine Dragons 3:32
Total length: 18:12

Reception[edit]

Jason Bracelin, writing in the Las Vegas Review Journal, gave a glowing review of the EP by stating "Dan Reynolds sounds like a dude with a bull's-eye for a heart". He continues "With its staccato vocal delivery and huge keys, "All Eyes" sounds destined for the airwaves, the same of which could be said of the wistful "Emma," with its dizzy synth lines and coed harmonies, and the climactic "I Don't Mind," which is powered by ricocheting guitars."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schultz, Barbara (January 1, 2010). "Battle Born Studios". Mix. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ Rendon, Marcus (March 4, 2010). "Imagine Dragons Interview: SXSW 2010". Spinner. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ Kennedy, Drew (March 10, 2010). "Imagine Dragons: A Good Bet". Broadcast Music, Inc. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Degrassi Music 22: 1-2-3-4". MuchMusic. August 22, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Imagine Dragons - Hear Me". YouTube. February 5, 2012. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Bracelin, Jason (May 6, 2010). "Band's growth shows on latest EP". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved April 30, 2013. 

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