Oh god, this is going to be one of those reviews where a critic does their best to explain something they don't fully understand. In my case, I don't think I ever will understand fully The End of Silence. I mean, sure, I get it to a degree, but either I'm missing something, or I'm just not fully human enough to take away from Matthew Herbert's latest offering the full impact of what's on offer here.

To date, I would say that this is Herbert's most challenging score yet. Spanning three tracks, The End of Silence is constructed against the backdrop of a five second recording of a bombing that took place in Libya around the time of the Libyan Civil War. This five second clip is a recurring motif throughout The End of Silence, and seems to be an exercise in what can be done with a chilling, meaning-laden chunk of sound-waves, and have the result eat into your conscious.

The first track announces itself with the actual recording itself, before churning itself throughout a twenty-four minute disassembly of epic proportions. The second track makes the whole piece troubling jaunty at times, finding melody within its shocking source material. It even manages to get 'dancey' on us. The third track, again, shocks and challenges you to the point of absurdity, taking on a much more mechanical feeling than the previous two parts of the album. And truly, this is about all I can say about The End of Silence myself. It seems that this is a piece designed not to be talked about at great length, but something to experience. I could disassemble sound after sound, but this seems to do a disservice to the thoughts and ideas on offer here.

This is a piece of work that grows depending on what you take in with you. Unfortunately, for most, if you judge this work as a piece of art standing alone, it seems to be a confusing mess of self indulgence. If you are willing to put the work in, you may find The End of Silence, not so much rewarding, but interesting, and enlightening. It truly all depends on how you like to frame your art. If, for you, the piece of art isn't just the painting itself, but the frame, the room it's in, the history, then definitely delve away here. If you're looking for something a bit more immediate, then you'd struggle to do worse.