There’s something hideously majestic about Let The Earth Be Silent After Ye. Rather than blind, immature nihilism, Seeds In Barren Fields have their apocalyptic anti-civilization strand of crust/black metal inspired by something more thoughtful and profound. This is no rebellion for the sake of it, all corpse paint and hail Satan’s until the weekend is over. Instead, it feels like it’s the result of a long, hard look at the direction the planet is going in under the leash of human domination, and not at all liking what they see. Touching upon themes of alienation, religious tyranny, and impending environmental catastrophe, Let The Earth Be Silent After Ye isn’t so much an album title, as it is a statement of purpose.
Fittingly, the crust influence is from bands such as Catharsis and His Hero Is Gone – groups rightly revered not only for their politics, but for the way they pushed at the boundaries of what could be done in their genres. Similarly, when the band show their black metal fangs, it brings to mind the likes of Panopticon or Wolves In The Throne Room – bands with something more to say than most, who have challenged the conventions of what black metal can and can’t be.