"It is not going to surprise me at all when In The Silence become a household name in progressive metal circles, every bit on par with the current front-runners of the genre."
““...a new album stopped me dead in my tracks. It felt like an interpretation of the polished gothic metal of Katatonia through the eyes of a progressive rock fan, a marvelous blend of brooding atmosphere and adventurous yet disciplined songwriting.””
“What In The Silence have managed to achieve with this, their self-financed & independently released debut is nothing short of remarkable. The beautiful yet haunting atmosphere, intricate songwriting & talented musicianship displayed throughout this album will leave you spellbound. This may well just be one of the best debut albums of the year. A must for all fans of progressive metal.”
"...In The Silence should soon be making their name known in the dark progressive subgenre with some really great songwriting and an impressively seasoned sound for such a new band. CD of the month."
"Simple and gentle psychedelic guitar work contrasts the frenetic and uncontrollable drum work, wildly performing in the background even at the slowest of times, enhancing the sense of chaos without detracting from the melancholy provided by the rest of the instrumentation."
““...a promising start for In The Silence, and an album any progressive metal fan needs to hear. 4.5/5””
"While certainly in the progressive camp, In The Silence seems more interested in creating a 'wall of sound' from large layers of guitar than developing overtly technical arrangements."
"I would expect great things from this band in the future but meanwhile I’ll be enjoying their excellent A Fair Dream Gone Mad, a work where I easily perceive high levels of musicianship, and where it also shines a commitment for the song crafting process and the lyrics, and all that combined is a highly contagious formula."
“When I first heard Ever Closer, the opening track of their album A Fair Dream Gone Mad, I went berserk instantly. What a profound and crushing song this is. And the rest of the album? I'm not going to drag you through the album track by track, just because there's no need to. It’s simply all about experiencing the album as a whole. All together this is such an amazing and coherent disc that it makes you stay put, enjoy and smile all the way. Guaranteed.”
"...if you like Opeth’s later releases, this is an essential release that touches all the same places."
"A startlingly mature album that belies the band’s relative inexperience and fresh-face, A Fair Dream Gone Mad will more than likely be the best unsigned album to come out this year. Better yet, it’s certainly one of the more alluring dark/atmospheric albums to hit in 2012 as well. Definitely a band worth rallying behind, if only because North America needs a band to close the gap Europe has on us in this field. Totally recommended."
"While some references to Katatonia, Porcupine Tree, Opeth, Anathema, and Green Carnation at times do pop up on A Fair Dream Gone Mad, In the Silence seem to be striving really hard for their own sound and style... "
“ In nutshell “A Fair Dream Gone Mad” is full of Beautiful melodies, dark haunting atmospheres, poetic lyrics, and heavy guitars. No doubts about the potential of the band. It is one of the finest debut albums I have ever heard, both content wise and technically. The album has a perfect mixture of light moments and heavy guitars. The vocals are outstanding and the best part is the mixing of tracks. There are some very special moments in the album which hit you and you are really mesmerized.All in all a very good team effort and a perfect debut album!! Rating: 8.5/10”