Silent Planet wowed the crowd and really got the night kick started at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville on August Burns Red’s “10 Years of Constellations” tour. As the first band on stage to open a show, you really have to give it just a little extra to get the crowd moving some times, but this was not a problem for Silent Planet as this is in the nature of their performance straight from the get go. It became apparent to everyone in the room that ABR wasn’t the only band the crowd was there to see.

Silent Planet started their set off with “The New Eternity” off of their latest album “When the End Began”, released in November of 2018. This was such a powerful, strong opening to their set- really showing off how technical some of their instrumentals are, as well as what a monstrous sound vocalist Garrett Russell is able to produce. The band also played songs such as “Panic Room”, “Native Blood”, “Afterdusk”, and “Orphan”. It was really great to see that in terms of mixing old and new on the set list, it was a pretty even split. The band took care to craft a set list that would appeal to all their fans whether they hopped on the Silent Planet train during their 2014 album cycle for “The Night God Slept”, their 2016 album “Everything Was Sound”, or the latest cycle.

The amount of passion on stage during Silent Planet’s performance is truly breathtaking. It would be hard not to show this, however, when you look at the lyrical content and intent behind their tracks. Garrett gave the audience a look into this every couple of tracks when he took the time to quickly explain the meaning behind the song, including subject matter such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD.  

When Silent Planet’s set was finished the night continued on with Silverstein and August Burns Red taking the stage. Both bands gave incredible performances and got the crowd surfing, moshing, dancing, and singing. If given the chance I’d suggest making your way out to ABR’s “10 Years of Constellations” tour. This stacked lineup is not something you’d want to miss, and definitely make sure you get there early to check out the dudes in Silent Planet!


Nicole DiBenedetto is a photographer based out of New Jersey. She likes making new friends and meeting new people so catch her out in the pit and say hi!