What does it sound like?:
The music on Steve Hackett’s latest album ‘Surrender of Silence’ follows in the footsteps of his recent rock albums like ‘The Night Siren (2017)’ and ‘At the Edge of Light’ (2019), the sound an appealing blend of heavy rock and world music flavours, all bathed in Roger King’s sumptuous orchestral arrangements. But there seems to be an added edge and urgency here. In pre-release interviews Hackett has confessed to a growing sense of existential gloom, worried – like many of us – about where the world is heading, and the swirling political and cultural forces at play. These concerns translate into a new album brimming with anger and energy, Hackett serving up one of his more muscular and brooding collections.
Coming only nine months after the acoustic sojourn of ‘Under a Mediterrranean Sky’, ‘Surrender of Silence’ hits like a North Atlantic storm. Album opener ‘The Obliterati’ sets the tone, Hackett’s trademark finger tapping hammering out wild and electrifying arpeggios. The music is often dense and complex, but there’s an elegance and intricacy about Hackett’s brand of rock, a sense of firm control in the face of unruly forces.
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