Twilight Zone as a show remains a cultural phenomenon and is one of the most influential and important shows in science fiction history. As a TV show, creator/host Rod Serling was seminal in shaping the science fiction landscape and tackling current socio-political issues at the time, including race relations and gender roles. And if you have already experienced this masterwork of a television series, you are invited to experience it another way: through the music of the band Serling.
Named after the Twilight Zone series creator, Serling is a two-person drums/bass mathcore unit out of Maine. Serling draws on the heavier side of mathcore in the vein of bands like MouthBreather, and Sleepsculptor with a djenty side to them ala Frontierer. Serling is getting ready to unleash a new album called Next Stop Willoughby and we are here with the new single off it called “The Silence.”
“The Silence” is a heavy, atmospheric ride that sounds titanic. Every second of the track feels like it is looming over and pressing on the listener’s chest. Panic chords are played slowly, elevating the the anxiety. As they should. And though one may expect the track to pick up into some kind of blasting monster, Serling stays in control of their slow wrecking ball beast. It is a very djenty track that steeps itself in a horrific atmosphere.
“The Silence, like all of our tracks, focuses lyrically on the events of the particular Twilight Zone episode it's named after. Initially, this track was thought to be an instrumental as a means to play off the song name. Telling the tragic story of Tennyson, the main character, was needed after we considered how amazing of a twist ending this episode had."
As the phrasing on Metal Twitter goes, this fucks. “The Silence” is a heavy, heavy track that feels deeply paranoid and mentally fractured. And this is just a taste of what is to come from Next Stop Willoughby and will be released by Been There Scene That and Illuminate My Heart. Check it out here.