Silence Screams

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Silence Screams
REZ-SilenceScreams.jpg
Studio album by REZ
Released 1988
Recorded Tone Zone Studios, Chicago, Illinois, 1988
Genre Christian rock
Length 43:32
Label Grrr Records
Producer REZ, Tom Cameron and
"a few close friends"
REZ chronology
Between Heaven 'n Hell
(1985)Between Heaven 'n Hell1985
Silence Screams
(1988)
REZ: Compact Favorites
(1988)REZ: Compact Favorites1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
CCM Magazine [1]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars [2]

Silence Screams is the eighth studio album, by American Christian rock band Resurrection Band (known at this point as REZ), released in 1988.

Recording history[edit]

After the longest break between studio albums, REZ returned with a blues-based hard rock/metal sound (closer to their 1978 release Awaiting Your Reply[1]) that would set the pattern for all future releases, and was also indicative of the musical direction lead singer Glenn Kaiser would take in his solo career. The album is highlighted by a cover of Blind Faith's "Presence of the Lord," which was the first in a string of cover tunes that REZ would include on almost every successive release.

As indicated by the unsettling album cover art, the lyrics deal with some very dark themes by focusing on the plight of the disenfranchised, whether they be victims of war ("Someone Sleeps"), greed ("Waitin' on Sundown") or racial profiling ("Three Seconds"). "Light/Light" is another of the album's highlights, and proved a popular live track throughout the 1990s.

This is the first album the band released on their own record label, Grrr Records, and the first with new bassist Roy Montroy, since Jim Denton left the band in 1987 to enter theological seminary.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Glenn Kaiser and Roy Montroy unless otherwise noted

  1. "Silence Screams" – 4:13
  2. "You Got Me Rockin'" (Stu Heiss, Kaiser) – 3:15
  3. "Someone Sleeps" (Kaiser, Montroy, Jon Trott) – 5:21 originally titled "I See Red", and more specifically concerned Native Americans [1].
  4. "Waitin' on Sundown" (Jim Denton, Kaiser, Trott) – 4:06
  5. "Presence of the Lord" (Eric Clapton) – 4:35
  6. "Light/Light" – 3:44
  7. "Rain Dance" (Montroy, Trott) – 5:06
  8. "Every Waking Hour" (Kaiser) – 4:06
  9. "Three Seconds" (Kaiser, Montroy, Trott) – 4:37
  10. "You Get What You Choose" – 4:29

Personnel[edit]

REZ is:

Additional Musicians:

  • Percy Bady - Keyboards on "Silence Screams," "You Got Me Rockin'," "Someone Sleeps," "Presence of the Lord," and "Light/Light"

Production[edit]

  • Producers - REZ, Tom Cameron and "a few close friends"
  • Engineers - Roy Montroy, Ed Bialach and Roger Heiss
  • Mastering - Steve Hall at Future Disc
  • Cover design and photo - Cornerstone Graphics
  • Cover art - Dick Randall

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Van Pelt, Doug (December 1988). "Reviews / Silence Screams". CCM Magazine. 11 (6): 30,32. ISSN 1524-7848. 
  2. ^ Reynolds, Dave (21 January 1989). "Rez ?Silence Screams'". Kerrang!. 222. London, UK: Spotlight Publications ltd. p. 23.