Silent So Long (album)
Silent So Long is the second album by Emigrate. It was released on November 14, 2014.
|Silent So Long|
|Studio album by Emigrate|
|Released||November 14, 2014|
|Genre||Neue Deutsche Härte|
With a succession of platinum albums, sold-out global tours, and headline festival appearances to his name, Rammstein's Richard Kruspe might choose to spend his off-duty hours re-booting his batteries and soothing the spirit. But 'resting on laurels', or the German equivalent isn't within the guitarist's primary frame of reference. "What I've discovered about myself is that I like to create - be it making records or building a house. That's what drives me. With Rammstein, there are six strong personalities, and it's a closed situation, which is fine, but I think it's good for the balance of the group that any one of us can have another outlet..."
Whilst Richard remains firmly ensconced within the ranks of Germany's premier rockers, EMIGRATE - his other "outlet" - stands as a way of keeping workaholic instincts comprehensively tapped; it's not a side or a solo project, more a musical collective - a much-needed conduit for a body of fresh ideas, musical and visual.
For the new album, 'Silent So Long', he has written, recorded and mixed 11 songs, all brand new, no 'carry-overs' or numbers once tagged for the parent group, with near half the tracks featuring guest vocals from some of music's most iconic names, alternative and metal. "When music becomes re-creation rather than creation, it is no longer enjoyable," he continues. "Like having sex with the same person for 20 years. That's why I find it hard to believe in monogamy..."
As a relatively new frontman and singer, recording the vocals (in English!) could potentially have pushed Richard even closer to the edge than the guitars, but in the event, it turned out to a liberating experience."Y'know, there were times when I was really surprised... where did THAT come from??! I almost felt like a child again, a free spirit. It just seemed easier for me to connect with my emotions - and I was surprised how much emotion was there! It's true that I like to be in control, but sometimes it's healthy for things to be a little unpredictable..."
'Silent So Long' was created along with the core EMIGRATE musicians: bassist/co-conspirator Arnaud Giroux, guitarist / producer Olson Involtini, new drummer Mikko Siran from Apocalyptica, and of course Richard himself to define the vision and set the tone, Margaux Bossieux - previously of New York punk band Dirty Mary - providing backing vocals, mixer Ben Grosse (Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Disturbed, etc.), who worked on the tracks in his Los Angeles studio, with Kruspe in attendance, and Tom Baker from Precision Mastering, also in L.A.
There's no question that each of the album's special guests leaves their own particular mark; Peaches, easily evokes the sensual nature of the strip club Richard had in mind when composing the track ('Get Down'), whilst Frank Della, from chart-topping German collective Seed, another Berlin resident, makes a hugely memorable contribution to "Eat You Alive", the first single and video from the album, directed by Rammstein regular Zoran Bihac. With Korn's Jonathan Davis, who delivered his parts (for the album's title track, "Silent So Long") right at the eleventh hour, the main point of debate was a certain high note in the chorus that Richard was keen for him to conquer..."I just sent an email saying, 'grab hold of your balls!' - and it worked!". As for Marilyn Manson, Richard felt that 'Hypothetical' had his name all over it. In lights. "You know, I had already recorded vocals for the track myself," he explains, "and I was pretty happy with it, but I knew he could deliver something special. He's an artist with a great deal of charisma. We actually performed "The Beautiful People" together at the Echo Awards in Berlin back in 2012, Rammstein and Manson, and I felt that we connected..."
Of course, the 'will they, won't they?' question continues to be raised when it comes to EMIGRATE's live activity. What is certain, however, is that Richard will face up to the challenge if and when the time is right - just another thing to add to his healthy and ever-growing 'to do' list.
There are two known and unreleased songs which were recorded during the album session. Those are:
And also there are unreleased lyrics which are not known to belong to which song. So we call it:
The album is available in two different formats: CD in a digipack and a 12" black vinyl.
There are five different guest features on "Silent So Long". Those are:
- Frank Dellé (real name: Frank Allessa Dellé): One frontman of German band Seeed and also a solo artist.
- Peaches (real name: Merrill Beth Nisker): Solo artist from Canada.
- Lemmy Kilmister (real name: Ian Fraser Kilmister): Singer and bass player of Motörhead.
- Marilyn Manson (real name: Brian Hugh Warner): Singer of a rock band of the same name.
- Jonathan Davis (real name: Jonathan Houseman Davis): Singer of the rockband KoЯn.
Another planned feature was the German singer Arnim Teutoburg-Weiß by the German band Beatsteaks. But they were recording their own album, so he did not have any time to record a song with Richard.
The official release date was changed two times. First, the album was supposed to be released on 16.10.2014, later that was changed to 31.10.2014, and again it was delayed to 14.11.2014. One month later as planned. The album will be released a month later in Japan.
Before the album release date, some songs were released on iTunes:
- 31.10.2014: Get Down
- 07.11.2014: Rainbow
- Eat You Alive (feat. Frank Dellé) - 03:33
- Get Down (feat. Peaches) - 04:32
- Rock City (feat. Lemmy Kilmister) - 03:28
- Hypothetical (feat. Marilyn Manson) - 03:50
- Rainbow - 03:34
- Born On My Own - 04:40
- Giving Up - 03:58
- My Pleasure - 03:36
- Happy Times (feat. Margaux Bossieux) - 03:36
- Faust - 03:42
- Silent So Long (feat. Jonathan Davis) - 05:17
- Eat You Alive (Aesthetic Perfection Remix) [feat. Frank Dellé] - 04:04
- Eat You Alive (Darksiderz Remix) [feat. Frank Dellé] - 04:45
- Get Down (Pull Out Kings Remix) [feat. Peaches] - 04:35
- Silent So Long (Mister Faux Remix) [feat. Jonathan Davis] - 04:38
- Hypothetical (Fake Friends Remix) [feat. Marilyn Manson] - 03:43