Review Summary: Overall, a good 2nd record from Suicide Silence showing that they can still deliver a good and heavy deathcore release.3 of 3 thought this review was well written
Now, for a long time, Death Metal or any of its sub-genres did not appeal to me. The gutteral vocals, the heavily detuned guitar crunch, and the blastbeats and insane drum playing were too much for my mind when I was just getting into metal. As I got older, I began to appreciate it more for what it is. Before going to the Mayhem Festival in 2008, I discovered that Suicide Silence were playing on the bill. I had never heard of them before, so I listened to a few tracks on myspace and got their debut album, "The Cleansing". There were a lot of problems with it, but over all it was great and enjoyable for a deathcore album and I enjoyed it a lot more than anything Job For A Cowboy had done (which is another death metal band I attempted to get into, but really couldnt) and they just destroyed live at the Mayhem Festival. So, when I heard that "No Time to Bleed" was scheduled for release, I really wanted to give it a listen.
The band have stepped it up a bit from "The Cleansing" in some ways, but in other ways they really havent. The vocals are and always will be the highlight of this band. Mitch Lucker is an absolute monster and it shows just as much on this record as it did on the last. His screaming and vocal style are as crushing and distinct as ever and he really does a great job at delivering heavy vocal work. Guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun are stilll playing those heavy, distorted, crunching detuned guitar riffs but this time around the guitar work has become more interesting. There some interesting leads and even a solo here and there which shows at least some maturity. Bassist Dan Kenny is drowned in the mix by the monstrous guitar crunch but every now and then he has some time to make his presence known when the guiars arent playing as much (see "Your Creations" for an example of this). Alex Lopez isn't a bad drummer at all and his playing on the record shows it. He doesn't do a lot to stand out but he still delivers crushing beats and keeps the furious pace of the music up to give it that trademark SS feel.
Instead of having an intro like on the last album, this one gets straight to the point with the heavy opener, "Wake Up". It's a song they've been playing live for a while now and it works as a catchy, heavy, and in-your-face album opener but it's not one of the best tracks. "Smoke" sees a great vocal performance from Mitch as he spits the lyrics out very fast but still keeping his signature style going and has some screeching guitar work in the songs beginning. The title track is brilliant and features that 'crushing' feel that "No Pity For A Coward" did on the last record and features a crushing breakdown and vocal performance towards the end. Out of the 11 tracks on the album, the most dissapointing would have to be "...And Then She Bled". It's their attempt at an instrumental track which never should have been done. Yeah, it keeps a dark flow going through the album but it shows nothing special than just a bunch of heavy riffs we've already heard before. "Disengage" serves as a superb album closer, with Mitch bellowing one last roar into the microphone as the song fades out and the album finishes.
The lyrical department has mainly been about murder, death, revenge, and violence when it comes to SS as it has been with most death metal bands and won't be taken by all as interesting. SS have a great ability to take their songs from the recordings (as heavy as they already are) and turn them into beasts at live shows.....which, when combined with their stage presence, make them an incredible live band to see. On this record, they spew more energy as a band then they ever have before, which is another reason why on their next tour they will most likely deliver even more than the last.
"No Time to Bleed" is overall a good 2nd full-length record for Suicide Silence. It shows some maturity at some points, but then it doesn't at others. if you liked "The Cleansing" and enjoy their style, then you will like this for sure. It will not appeal to all, but for those who are into deathcore or SS at all, this record is for you. Its not going to be one of the best album's released this year, but it serves as a crushing release building up from their last album...which is what Suicide Silence may have wanted all along.