The Silence and the Serenity

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The Silence and the Serenity
Also known as The Silence and the Serenity
Origin Poughkeepsie, New York
Genres Metalcore, deathcore (early), death metal(early)
Years active 2005–2008
Labels Crash Music Inc.
Members Mikey Fraleigh
Nick Privitera
Phil Bartsch
Kyle Behnken
Kyle Jackson

The Silence and the Serenity was an obscure metal band from Poughkeepsie, New York. They formed in 2005 under the name Bless the Fallen.[1][citation needed]

After self-releasing their debut EP, So Dark the Crown of Man, they signed a deal with Crash Music Inc., who released their debut full-length album, The Eclectic Sounds of a City Painted Black and White in 2007,[1] described by Allmusic as "a routine screamo/metalcore blend that contains occasional hints of death metal and black metal".[2] Despite calling the recording quality of the album "terrible", Exclaim! described the album as "a fun, nostalgic metal fight".[3]

After months of inactivity, Bartsch and Privitera would go on to form Dead Empires with long-time friend John Bryan. They recorded a 4-song EP entitled "Monuments" that was mastered by current Guns and Roses guitarist Bumblefoot. In the spring of 2012, Dead Empires entered The Isokon studio in Woodstock, N.Y. under the guidance of D. James Goodwin to complete a full-length album entitled "Waiting In Waves". It currently has a release date of August 2012.

In the summer of 2011, Drummer Phil Bartsch and Guitarist Kyle Behnken joined the Poughkeepsie Ska-Punk band The Raddigan Brothers Noise Experience. The band is currently signed to bassist and lead vocalist Mike Dietz' record label P.I.F.F. ("Punk Is Fucking Fun") Records.


  • Mikey Fraleigh - vocals
  • Nick Privitera - bass guitar
  • Phil Bartsch - drums
  • Kyle Jackson - guitar, vocals
  • Kyle Behnken - guitar

Former members[edit]

  • Dan - vocals (on So Dark the Crown of Man)
  • Kenny- vocals
  • Dan - guitar
  • Will - guitar



  1. ^ a b Apar, Corey "Bless the Fallen Biography", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-07-10
  2. ^ Henderson, Alex "The Eclectic Sounds of a City Painted Black and White Review", Allmusic, retrieved 2010-07-10
  3. ^ Synyard, Dave (2008) "Bless The Fallen The Eclectic Sounds Of A City Painted Black and White", Exclaim!, February 2008, retrieved 2010-07-10