Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars is the debut from Wu-Tang affiliate Killarmy released on August 5, 1997 on Wu-Tang/Priority Records. The group consists of six MCs: Killa Sin, Beretta 9, Islord, 9th Prince, P.R. Terrorist (now Dom Pachino), and ShoGun Assasson; and one producer, 4th Disciple, who produced the majority of the album. Like Black Lung's album of the same name, the title was taken from a document that came to light in the mid-1980s detailing an alleged New-World Order plan for world domination; a topic that was explored in Milton William Cooper's infamous book Behold a Pale Horse.

Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 5, 1997
Recorded1996–1997
GenreHip hop
Length64:45
LabelWu-Tang/Priority/EMI Records
0499 2 50633 2 5
P2-50633
Producer4th Disciple, RZA
Killarmy chronology
Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars
(1997)
Dirty Weaponry
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
RapReviews.com8/10 stars[2]

Silent Weapons initially received mixed reviews from critics, who saw the group as a low-rent version of the Wu-Tang Clan because of similarities in the group's street-oriented Five-Percenter rhymes and dark production. The album was well received by Wu-Tang and underground hip hop fans—acclaimed for its unique combat themes and stellar production work.

The album was entirely produced by 4th Disciple, except for two tracks that were produced by Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA. Guest appearances include Clan member Masta Killa as well as Clan affiliates Streetlife, Hell Razah and Prodigal Sunn (both of whom are members of Sunz of Man). The album features the singles "Swinging Swords," "Camouflage Ninjas" b/w "Wake Up," and "Wu-Renegades" b/w "Clash of the Titans."

Track listingEdit

Track listing information is taken from the official liner notes and AllMusic.[3][4]

Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Dress To Kill"3:36
2."Clash Of The Titans" (Featuring: Street Life)
  • 4th Disciple
3:38
3."Burning Season"
  • S. Bougard
  • T. Hamlin
  • J. Grant
  • 4th Disciple
4:12
4."Blood For Blood"
  • S. Bougard
  • D. DelValle
  • J. Alexander
  • T. Hamlin
  • S. Murray
  • 4th Disciple
3:50
5."Seems It Never Fails"
  • 4th Disciple
2:27
6."Universal Soldier"
  • S. Bougard
  • J. Grant
  • D. DelValle
  • J. Alexander
  • T. Hamlin
  • 4th Disciple
4:13
7."Love, Hell or Right"  1:09
8."Wake Up"
4:59
9."Fair, Love & War"
  • S. Bougard
  • J. Grant
  • S. Murray
  • D. DelValle
  • J. Alexander
  • 4th Disciple
4:06
10."Wu-Renegades"
  • S. Bougard
  • D. DelValle
  • J. Grant
  • T. Hamlin
  • S. Murray
  • 4th Disciple
3:49
11."Full Moon"
  • S. Bougard
  • T. Hamlin
  • J. Grant
  • 4th Disciple
3:31
12."Under Siege"
  • S. Bougard
  • J. Alexander
  • D. DelValle
  • S. Murray
  • 4th Disciple
4:06
13."Shelter"
  • S. Bougard
  • S. Murray
  • J. Alexander
  • 4th Disciple
3:41
14."Camouflage Ninjas"
  • S. Bougard
  • J. Alexander
  • D. DelValle
  • S. Murray
  • T. Hamlin
  • 4th Disciple
4:48
15."Swinging Swords"
  • S. Bougard
  • T. Hamlin
  • D. DelValle
  • J. Grant
  • 4th Disciple
3:53
16."War Face"
  • R. Diggs
  • T. Hamlin
  • J. Alexander
  • S. Murray
  • J. Grant
  • RZA
  • 4th Disciple (co.)
4:28
17."5 Stars" (Featuring: Masta Killa)
  • S. Bougard
  • T. Hamlin
  • S. Murray
  • J. Alexander
  • D. DelValle
  • E. Turner
  • 4th Disciple
4:12
Total length:64:38

Notes

Album singlesEdit

Single information
"Swinging Swords"
  • Released: 1997
  • B-side:
"Camouflage Ninjas"
  • Released: October 1, 1996
  • B-side: "Wake Up" (with Sunz of Man)
"Wu-Renegades"
  • Released: February 1, 1997
  • B-side: "Clash of the Titans"

Album chart positionsEdit

Year Album Chart positions
Billboard 200 Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums
1997 Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars 34 10

Singles chart positionsEdit

Year Song Chart positions
Billboard Hot 100 Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Hot Rap Singles Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales
1996 "Wake Up" - 89 20 37
1997 "Wu-Renegades" - 69 16 -

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ RapReviews review
  3. ^ Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars (booklet). Killarmy. Wu-Tang/Priority/EMI Records. 1997. P2-50633.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ "Silent Weapons For Quiet Wars - Killarmy". AllMusic. Retrieved March 14, 2020.