The Portland-based dark power metal group SILVER TALON has unveiled the music video for “Divine Fury,” a standout track from their full-length debut album “Decadence and Decay,” which is now available. The song is the latest showcase of the guitar wizardry of Bryce VanHoosen (ex-Spellcaster) and Wyatt Howell’s soaring vocals. The video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/mBfBEQQcdYc. Digital, CD, cassette and limited-edition green haze vinyl copies of “Decadence and Decay” are available at smarturl.com/silvertalon.
Say VanHoosen, “The silver beast returns! ‘Divine Fury’ is the most outwardly Gnostic of all the tracks from ‘Decadence and Decay,’ pitting our spiritual savior against a blind cybernetic god. We filmed the video over two days in an old industrial building in Portland, and directors Austin Livingston & Matthew Patterson went the distance in filming and editing. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!”
“Decadence and Decay” is the long-awaited follow-up to SILVER TALON’s acclaimed 2018 debut EP, “Becoming A Demon.” The full-length album is a masterful display of the thrilling combination of heavy metal hooks and guitar-driven virtuosity that has powered the band since their formation in 2017. “Divine Fury” is the fourth video from the new record, following “Kill All Kings” (hailed by MetalSucks as “at once hard-hitting and melodic, melancholy and uplifting”), “As The World Burns” (which Metal Injection says showcases “everything that makes their triple guitar attack so killer in the first place”) and the album’s blistering lead-off track, “Deceiver, I Am” (in which Decibel says the band “sound(s) absolutely immortal”). The album – which features striking cover artwork from noted fantasy artist Gerald Brom (Doom, Diablo, Magic: The Gathering, World of Warcraft) – also features a guest appearance by guitarist Andy La Rocque (King Diamond, Death) on the song “Resistance 2029.”
“The themes of Decadence and Decay are centered around an anti-utopian and Gnostic worldview – a world that’s subjected to a material reality of decadence and decay, ruled by false gods and forced to live life like just another cog in a vast machine,” explains Bryce. “One can either lie down and accept the reality of a burning world, or fight back, killing all kings and reclaiming sovereignty over our own lives. We also take on the idea of preordained fate, and the Oedipus-inspired question of whether we’re slaves to destiny or free to actualize our true will. Even our interpretation of the cover art centers around these ideas – a witch who cuts the head off of the demon she’s supposedly meant to serve, ushering in a new age of freedom and liberation.”
With a virtuosic triple-guitar attack, a rumbling rhythm section and powerful vocals, SILVER TALON was birthed in 2017 after rising from the ashes of the acclaimed Pacific Northwest metal group Spellcaster. Guitarist Bryce VanHoosen joined forces with fellow ex-Spellcaster member Sebastian Silva – who also plays in goth-rockers Unto Others (formerly Idle Hands) – in a shared mission to keep the heavy metal flame burning brightly. Bolstered by the soaring vocal attack of Wyatt Howell (Sanctifyre), SILVER TALON began 2018 by unveiling two demo tracks, “Devil Machine” and “Warrior’s End,” which showcased the group’s ability to create fist-clenching, head-banging heavy metal through a combination of masterful hooks, lush melody and technical dexterity.
SILVER TALON subsequently built on this foundation with the release of their self-released debut EP “Becoming A Demon,” which included re-recorded versions of their original demos with Zach Ohren (Exmortus, Fallujah, Machine Head) alongside three new originals and a cover of Sanctuary’s “Battle Angels” featuring that group’s former guitarist (and future Nevermore/Arch Enemy guitar hero) Jeff Loomis. The release was praised by Dead Rhetoric as “a solid salvo for those who love mid-’80s U.S.-style power/heavy metal with occasional nods to Teutonic finesse” and “metal that has plenty of heaviness while being musically sharp, sophisticated and awe-inspiring.”
The group would further their reputation as masters of triumphant heavy metal with live performances alongside acts such as Exmortus, Unleash The Archers, Striker, The Absence, Powerglove and Hatchet, as well as a nationwide tour at the end of 2019 supporting Savage Master. VanHoosen’s guitar prowess is also displayed through his YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/BryceVanHoosen, which is updated regularly with play-through videos, guitar covers and product reviews.
SILVER TALON is:
Wyatt Howell – Vocals
Bryce R. VanHoosen – Guitar
Sebastian Silva – Guitar
Devon Miller – Guitar
Walter Hartzell – Bass
Michael Thompson – Drums