Metal singer records vocals in the studio, screams so loud the cops come

A metalcore vocalist and a police officer
(Image credit: Aaron Marsh | SilentGarrett via X)

A metalcore vocalist has screamed so loud while recording in the studio that it alerted nearby police.

Garrett Russell of California tech-metalcore band Silent Planet posted a short video of a police officer at the door of where he was recording onto X (formerly Twitter).

“tracking vocals when a cop shows up because the whole neighborhood is calling lol i guess im too loud,” Russell says in his post.

In the clip, the officer is recorded saying to Russell and others in the studio, “I heard it when I walked up and I was like, ‘That’s not normal. I don’t know what’s going on.’”

Russell has sung for Silent Planet since the band’s founding in 2009. Their debut album, The Night God Slept, was released via Solid State Recordings in 2014 and has become a cult classic of progressive metalcore.

Silent Planet have released four more records since: Everything Was Sound (2016), When The End Began (2018), Iridescent (2021) and Superbloom (2023).

Superbloom was named as the 14th-best metal album of last year by Metal Hammer’s readership.

“Narrowly escaping tragedy after a serious van crash in 2022, Silent Planet have seized the world by its throat with their fifth full-length Superbloom, making the most of their days whatever may come,” Hammer wrote of the album in its end-of-year list.

“Swinging Meshuggah-shaped riffs amidst a backdrop of anthemic choruses and massive mosh calls, Emily Swingle judged that ‘with its cryptic lyrics and dynamic layering, the introspective depths of this record are captivating.’”

At time of publication, Silent Planet have one tour date announced: a show at the Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark in Birmingham, Alabama, on October 4. Tickets are now on sale.

It is unclear whether Russell has been recording vocals for an upcoming Silent Planet release or an unrelated project.

Matt Mills
Contributing Editor, Metal Hammer

Louder’s resident Gojira obsessive was still at uni when he joined the team in 2017. Since then, Matt’s become a regular in Prog and Metal Hammer, at his happiest when interviewing the most forward-thinking artists heavy music can muster. He’s got bylines in The Guardian, The Telegraph, NME, Guitar and many others, too. When he’s not writing, you’ll probably find him skydiving, scuba diving or coasteering.