Billy Talent Tops The Charts with Dead Silence September 19 2012
According to Nielsen/Soundscan, a service which measures physical and digital sales in North America, Warner Music Canada recording artists Billy Talent have today entered the Canadian album sales chart at #1 with their fourth studio album, Dead Silence. It is the third consecutive #1 debut from the band. Billy Talent introduced Canadian fans to the record last week by making a whirlwind promo trip across Canada highlighted by a surprise performance atop the Chateau Laurier Hotel in Quebec City in front of more than 5,000 fans gathered in La Place George-V.
It was also huge week internationally for Billy Talent with Dead Silence making impressive debuts around the world. The record debuted at #1 in Germany which is the second time the band has topped the German charts (Billy Talent II debuted at #1 while the bandâ€™s third album debuted at #2). Dead Silence also bowed in at #2 in Austria, #3 in Switzerland, #12 in Finland, #23 in the U.K. and #34 in Australia.
Making this success all the more satisfying for the band is the fact that Dead Silence is their first self-produced album. Guitarist Ian Dâ€™Sa handled all of the production duties alongside engineers Eric Ratz and Kenny Luong. Dead Silence was recorded in Vancouver, Toronto and Los Angeles.
Back in early June, with more recording ahead of them and a few major festival dates on the horizon, Billy Talent released the song â€œViking Death Marchâ€ as an album preview for their fans. Though not intended as an official first single, the track quickly became a Top 5 Rock Radio hit. Just a week after releasing the track the band enjoyed the sight of over 100,000 people singing the song at the Rock Am Ring Festival in Germany. The albumâ€™s current single, â€œSurprise Surpriseâ€ is rapidly working its way up the Canadian Rock radio charts and has already reached #1 airplay in Finland.
Critics agree that Dead Silence is one of the bandâ€™s strongest albums to date:
â€œâ€¦a reason to fall in love with Billy Talent all over againâ€
â€œTurbo-charged punk rockâ€¦fist-punching chorusâ€
â€œBilly Talent are out-performing their peers to an almost embarrassing degreeâ€¦One of the finest rock â€˜nâ€™ roll acts of their generationâ€
9/10 Rock Sound
â€œâ€¦direct, streamlined and raucous...â€
**** Q Magazine
"with Dead Silence, the band has figured out its own perfect blend"
**** All Music
â€œBilly Talent have really delivered the goods hereâ€
â€œA stunningly entertaining rock album from a band at their peakâ€¦a hugely impressive effortâ€
***** Big Cheese
â€œtempos are boosted, riffs are redlined and vocals soar and roar againâ€
After a summer of playing the biggest festivals stages in Europe, Billy Talent begin a headlining tour of the continent at the end of September with dates in Germany, Switzerland, Finland and Norway, ending with two weeks of dates in the U.K. at the beginning of November. For more information see <a href = 'http://www.billytalent.com'>www.billytalent.com</a>.