Review Summary: Originally quite a fun album, which becomes more grating after every listen.
I’m a person who’s always willing to listen to new styles of music, and I’ve come across a genre called ‘Metalcore’ a few times, so I decided to investigate this further. After ploughing through a few comments here and there, I also noticed a band by the name of “Suicide Silence” came popping up again and again- and the feedback for them really wasn’t that good.
So, with my masochistic sense of humour, I decided to acquire one of their albums and give it a listen, fully expecting to hate it- revelling in the fact that I’ll feel a little better about myself by ripping the piss out of this album.
Jokes on me, I’m afraid. It’s not actually that bad- especially for a demo.
The production by modern standards isn’t great, but then I’ve listened to a lot of Black Metal, so it doesn’t really bother me. It’s a shame, frankly, because I was looking forward to making ridiculous similes to express my hatred for Suicide Silence.
The first thing I noticed when playing this demo was the fact that it opened with a Family Guy quote. Frankly, I was shocked, and being a huge Family Guy fan, I immediately fell in love
with this record. However, as Shakespeare once famously said, “They do not love that do not show their love”.
In all honesty, I’m not quite sure what that quote means, but what I’m trying to say is that my ‘love’ for this record didn’t last very long. About 10 seconds, to be precise. After getting beyond the amusement of randomly-inserted Family Guy gimmicks, it’s difficult to find any real substance to this demo.
At times Suicide Silence seem to take the naïve approach that “slow is heavy”, and seem to abide by all the clichés; fast random drumming, followed by a misplaced tempo change, leading into a painstakingly slow chugging riff.
Sometimes there are albums which grow on you, whilst others grab you by the first listen. And with this demo, the more I listened to it, the more I realised that my initial comment of “It’s not actually that bad” was pretty wide off the mark. Musically and vocally, this demo is highly unsatisfying. It’s as if Suicide Silence took all the worst elements of music, and pasted them altogether to give us a thick, gloopy sludge of pretentious crap.
If truth be told, this album is pretty dire; the only incredible thing about it is the fact that every last damned copy of this musical travesty hasn’t been torched in a Nazi-esque book burning. However, it has occurred to me that ‘Suicide Silence’ perhaps aren’t the most serious of bands- nevertheless, this isn’t going to stop me slating them.
This was my first experience with the genre called “Metalcore”- and if this album is anything to go by, it’s just mindless generic ***.
I guess I hated this album after all. Sorry, everybody. =(
- Cotton Wool for your ears
- Listening to this while conscious/sober
After listening to this demo a few more times: