Serve in Silence

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In 1999, Filipino metal/hard rock band Wolfgang released its fourth album, Serve in Silence. Since its 1995 debut release, Wolfgang, Wolfgang had become known as one of the best rock bands in the Philippines, its name synomonous with hard driving riffs and daring music. The band's previous album, Wurm, was a most adventuruous set, which saw the band testing musical borders with gratifying results. The approach to Serve in Silence, however, is somewhat less daring and the music more readily accessible. In a sense, the sound of Serve in Silence can be considered an extension of Wolfgang's second album, Semenelin, which made Wolfgang a near-household name in the Philippines. Nonetheless, Serve in Silence is also an excellent album, and the band's searing riffs and on-a-dime precision continues to lay the foundation for a blistering, cohesive sound. With each new Wolfgang album, it becomes more apparent just how vital Manuel Legarda's guitar playing is to the sound of Wolfgang. This time out, Basti Artadi's vocals are placed front and center in the mix, in contrast to some songs on Wurm, where his voice seems threaded through the musical tapestry. The theme of Serve in Silence concerns man's propensity for war and the salvation offered by love and kindness. Four of the album's 14 songs are sung in Tagalog, the Philippines' national language, one track is an instrumental, and nine are sung in English.