The forces of two great and talented musicians have come together to form this new band. D.C. Cooper and Alex Beyrodt found themselves in an enviable position of being match for one another, musically and personally. For almost 12 months, Alex Beyrodt devoted all his artistic power to a musical and personal vision which has now been materialized in his new band SILENT FORCE.
The guitarist - well-known to German metal fans for more than ten years as a regular member of SINNER, as a welcome tour support of PRIMAL FEAR and as initiator of THE SYGNET (unfortunately only an ephemeral side project) - succeeded in winning over one of the most charismatic and expressive metal vocalists for his current formation: D. C. Cooper.
From 1995 on, this outstanding American vocalist was a member of the Danish bombast rock band ROYAL HUNT and released his first solo album named after himself in 1998. In terms of personality and music, Beyrodt and Cooper complement one another upon the highest conceivable level; they both put into practice the classic form of teamwork and, in doing so, reciprocally inspire each other in an immensely diverse way. Drummer Andre Hilgers (ex-Vanize, The Sygnet), keyboarder Torsten Rφhre and bassist Fleisch who is certainly still known to insiders through his co-operation with Joey Belladonna, the former front man of Anthrax, are the further band members.
The first album of this magnificient new formation is entitled THE EMPIRE OF FUTURE and captivates with ten varied tracks teeming with ideas, intelligently arranged and brilliantly recorded as well as produced. From the intensive intro "The Beginning" and the dynamic "Live For The Day" via the vivid title track "Empire Of The Future" and the speedy "Tell Me Why" to the groovy "New Experiment" and the final track "I'll Be There", SILENT FORCE present an enormously entertaining course through the most different facets of contemporary heavy metal. In these very catchy tracks, one can find stylistic elements which exactly or similarly can be found in the works of Queensryche or Savatage. Despite all their transparency, the individual and at any time autonomous tracks comprise a multitude of nuances worth to be discovered, constantly giving acoustic pleasure to its listeners.
The Empire Of The Future was recorded in the 'House Of Music' in Winterbach and in the 'House Of Audio` in Karlsdorf. Both studios are in the meantime ranked among Germany's best addresses for ambitious metal bands. The album was produced by Alex Beyrodt himself, in close co-operation with Achim Kφhler (Sinner, Primal Fear among other bands). During the recordings of vocals Cooper closely co-operated with producer Dennis Ward. Ward, a bassist and the producer of PINK CREAM 69, moreover made a major contribution to the realization of Cooper's solo album.
The short epoch of 'THE SYGNET' came to an end at the Wacken Open Air concert last summer. Alex Beyrodt started to compose and produce tracks for his new band immediately afterwards. He established contact with D. C. Cooper via his management and sent him a tape featuring 12 completely produced tracks with just the vocals missing. Cooper was dead keen on that material at once and came to Germany already in October 1999 in order to improve on the setting of vocals. His melodic voice thus provides the tracks with the adequate counterpole to Beyrodt's virtuoso guitar-playing. The significant motto "We have not realized anything, if only revenge makes our lives worth living" precedes the album. This saying symbolizes the lyrics' basic tenor which - by open structures skilfully varied - tells a fictitious story on life and death, on transitoriness and immortality dealing moreover especially with the perversions in warfare and scientific research.
The first reactions to "The Empire Of The Future" were outstanding. A lucrative contract was immediately offered to SILENT FORCE in Japan as well as in Europe and South America. And, what is more: other great events are already foreshadowed; a promotion tour through Japan and in September 01 SILENT FORCE was on tour in Europe with Stratovarius. After that, they worked hard on new materila and released " INFATUATOR ". With this album, the critics where fantastic and the band went on the raod again with ANGRA all over Europe and after that, with U.D.O. Also a promotour in Japan has been done....and the band finishes their " INFATUATOR WORLD TOUR" in Atlanta /USA at the Prog Power festival with Gamma Ray, Blind Guardian and Edguy...