Why is Killarmy’s Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars on my best 1,000 albums ever list?
Hip hop that’s low key yet aggressive, gritty yet groovy, heavy yet accessible.
What does Killarmy’s Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars mean to me? What does it make me feel? Why is it exciting or compelling?
There’s something low key yet aggressive about the brand of hip hop that Killarmy deploys, staying with the military theme implicit in the group’s name and the album title (Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars) both. It’s gritty yet groovy, kind of heavy yet accessible.
If you’re a fan of the Wu-Tang Clan, a rap collective with which Killarmy seems to have some affiliation, or particularly 9th Prince (see: 9th Prince’s Prince of New York, #941 of best 1,000 albums ever), who makes up one-third of Killarmy along with 4th Disciple and Killa Sin, then Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars needs to front and center, blip blip blip, on your musical radar.
“Burning Season” is the song where all of these dynamics and influences come together best.
“Wu-Renegades” brings a rapidly trilling piano and sort of operatic singing sample, and strings to bear to create an exciting yet dissonant backdrop to expertly delivered rap verses.
I greatly enjoy the spooky and mysterious organ that “Full Moon” brings to the table. “Late nights it’s hard to sleep,” indeed.
Pop culture things that have something to do with Killarmy’s Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
“Under Siege” weaves in a number of lines of dialog from different scenes pulled from Oliver Stone’s searing, stunning, brutal, and at times surprisingly funny 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket. It’s arguably Stone’s best movie and one of the best war films ever made.
Here’s a classic scene from Full Metal Jacket, from the movie’s absolutely brilliant first half. Fair warning: lots of cussing and rude talk going on here during basic training for these marines during the Vietnam War.
As it happens, “Under Siege” does not include any dialog from the actually pretty fun and pretty good 1992 Steven Seagal action flick, Under Siege.
They didn’t count on the cook!
Some stats & info about Killarmy – Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
- What kind of musical stylings does this album represent? Rap, Hip Hop, Hardcore Rap, Underground Hip Hop
- Rolling Stone’s greatest 500 albums ranking – not ranked!
- All Music’s rating – 3 out of 5 stars
- When was Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars released? 1997
- My ranking, the one you’re reading right now – #765 out of 1,000
Killarmy’s Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars on Spotify
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