New Music

Pittsburgh metalcore act 156/SILENCE premiere new forceful EP

1 min read

Recorded by Bricktop Recording’s Andy Nelson (WEEKEND NACHOS, HARM’S WAY, LIKE RATS), Karma’s menacing five tracks showcase 156/SILENCE’s significant shift in sound. The EP’s five pulverizing tracks showcase the abnd maturing into a metallic hardcore band reminiscent of ION DISSONANCE and THE CHARIOT, rather than the post-rock inspired emo the band displayed in its earlier works. Check it out below and scroll further down to check out the band’s earlier music video for its 2017 single “Turmoil” and the live video for “The Cost of Free Will” from 2016’s And Everything Was Beautiful.

Vocalist Aleks Pihl commented:

“It’s a really weird thing being in a band for a year and a half and starting to play new songs and realizing, ‘This is it. This is our sound. To me, that is what Karma is. It’s us.”

156/Silence was formed in 2015 by Jimmy Howell, Zac Dranko, Mike Ernst, Aleks Pihl and Evan Wall, with the goal of creating a blend of post-rock inspired emo and the metalcore/post-hardcore wave of the mid-aughts. After two EPs and several lineup changes, the band became focused on creating a more hardcore-influenced brand of metalcore. In late 2016, the band recorded a new single, “Turmoil,” to show off the new sound and lineup change as a preview of things to come. The music video for “Turmoil” premiered on Mathcore Index in early 2017, and garnered upwards of 10,000 views in a short time and received coverage by Metal Injection and others.

Catch the band live at:

5/13 @ Millvale Music Festival – Pittsburgh, PA
6/10 @ Field Fest – Chippenville, PA

“Pittsburgh’s 156/Silence is going to put you through varying stages of wanting to punch someone in the face … and it’s all going to end on a very somber note that’ll make you question why you were so pissed off in the first place.” – Metal Injection

“So if you’re like me, you’re sympathetic to the idea that the 2000s metalcore sound had some real artistic value to it and deserves to be recreated in a meaningful way by future bands. I think 156/Silence are off to a good start.” – Decibel

“156/Silence carry on their transition from more melodic, post-hardcore group to a straight up worship of early-Norma Jean and the like.” – Metal Trenches


Demons Run Amok Ent.

Previous Story

Boston melodic alt indie rockers BORN WITHOUT BONES streaming new record!

Next Story

Rotterdam nostalgic punk rockers VIDEO STORE release new EP and music video; share track-by-track commentary