Emigrate: Silent So Long

Rammstein man scratches a seven-year itch

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Back in 2007, Richard

Now Rammstein are on hiatus, Emigrate’s follow-up heads in a different musical direction. Silent So Long is less about industrial and more about solid US rock, the only exception being the explosive anthem Hypothetical. Recorded in LA, production comes from Ben Grosse, whose previous work with Filter and Depeche Mode really comes across on the album’s 11 tracks. Each is so polished, it positively glistens. The album kicks in with the grinding Eat You Alive before sliding into chameleon-like collaborations with electroclash artist Peaches, the grüffmister himself Lemmy and an audibly unrecognisable Jonathan Davis. You might assume these are the highlights but it’s Emigrate’s full band tracks that shine on here. The whole package fits perfectly with Richard’s smooth vocals that are a world apart from Till Lindemann’s trademark husk, and then there’s the addition of Apocalyptica’s Mikko Siren on drums, who underpins the project’s slick, dark edge. Silent So Long makes clear that Emigrate are a lot more serious than just a side-project.

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Natasha Scharf
Deputy Editor, Prog

Contributing to Prog since the very first issue, writer and broadcaster Natasha Scharf was the magazine’s News Editor before she took up her current role of Deputy Editor, and has interviewed some of the best-known acts in the progressive music world from ELP, Yes and Marillion to Nightwish, Dream Theater and TesseracT. Starting young, she set up her first music fanzine in the late 80s and became a regular contributor to local newspapers and magazines over the next decade. The 00s would see her running the dark music magazine, Meltdown, as well as contributing to Metal Hammer, Classic Rock, Terrorizer and Artrocker. Author of music subculture books The Art Of Gothic and Worldwide Gothic, she’s since written album sleeve notes for Cherry Red, and also co-wrote Tarja Turunen’s memoirs, Singing In My Blood. Beyond the written word, Natasha has spent several decades as a club DJ, spinning tunes at aftershow parties for Metallica, Motörhead and Nine Inch Nails. She’s currently the only member of the Prog team to have appeared on the magazine’s cover.