Against The Silence‘s first song “Missing” reminded me a lot of the nu-metal that was popular in the United States when I was in high school. Herz is a hard rock band that uses heavily distorted guitar, low bass, and drums. The songs on the album are great if you enjoy hard rock/metal sound, but the recording of songs lacks a bit in the necessary depth in low end sound and makes some of the songs sound weaker than they need to be.
In terms of the arrangements, Herz do a good job of capturing a darker and aggressive image. “Tearful” moves from verse to verse with precision and I like how the vocals seem to be full of a desire. The instrumentals for the song are great. The drums are easily heard and there’s a lot going on, they’re not only keeping the beat but adding a lot of dimension. But even with everything mixing well, the strength of the song is missing a bit. I would have liked to hear more bass and bass drum to add some power to the song.
The difficulty with Herz is that if you aren’t a fan of the genre, you may want to pass the band by. They do add some variety with “Destroy,” which is a bit faster and upbeat. The beginning of Against The Silence actually hides the better songs that are on the end of the album. I don’t know if Herz arranged the songs in this way on purpose, but if you get past the slower songs in the beginning, the album opens up a lot. If you ever wanted to hear a Korean style Alice in Chains, listen to “Libera Me.”
Herz are pulling influences from a lot of different bands. This makes Against The Silence a little uneven, but still a fun listen. I do think that the order of songs gives a different impression with the more interesting songs coming from the middle of the album.