Better Left Unsaid - The Silencing (Independent) - Back
California is home of the band Better Left Unsaid. They are a band without a record deal that hits much like the bands that are signed to your favorite metal or hardcore labels. BLU have a powerful metalcore sound that is aggressive yet melodic. It may not be groundbreaking, but I haven’t been entertained by a new metalcore band like this in years.

Better Left Unsaid have only been around for a few years, starting in 2003. Though their album “The Silencing” shows professional musicianship of many years past that. At times they can sound like Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Shadows Fall, Bury Your Dead, The Black Dahlia Murder and Pantera. Maybe not to the level the aforementioned, but it should give you at least an idea of what I’m talking about.

There are quality technical leads and melodies, catchy riffs (some with hardcore patterns and aggressive thrash like riffing), and the typical heavy breakdowns of which many metalcore bands build to in their tracks. Hardcore screams and melodic singing choruses are balanced throughout the album. Neither of which overwhelm the listener. Too many bands today use one or the other too much, not BLU.

“The Silencing” shows a potential for a promising future for Better Left Unsaid. With or without record label backing, with songs like “Never Again,” “Testify” and “Sweets” they are bound to have a following. Metalcore fans need to apply!


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins