Review Summary: *YAWN*, pass the coffee.3 of 7 thought this review was well written
Most metalheads have heard of this genre that 'SS' and many other bands are a part of, 'Deathcore'. Most are also aware of how much this genre is scrutinised for its lack of originality and lack of lyrical depth. Now, I find this stereotype to be quite judgemental and false at times, however most of the time these presumptions are correct when describing 'Deathcore'....and 'Suicide Silence' don't do much to separate themselves from this negative stereotype with 'The Cleansing'. There are a couple of decent tracks to be found on this LP, although most of it is just trite nonsense.
'Deathcore' is a genre which has been around in the metal scene for around about 7 years now, and the main talking point of this genre is the generic breakdowns used within most songs. I'll admit, in moderation, that these breakdowns can be reasonably entertaining and well-crafted if used in the right places, however 'SS' just force the living hell out of them in 'The Cleansing'. Its not just the breakdowns that are despicable in this LP....so are the lyrics.
The lyrics used throughout 'The Cleansing' are childish to say the least. Basically, most of the songs lyrics contain the vocalist (Mitch Lucker) screaming about how much he hates god and how religious people should be punished. A perfect example of this is present of the track 'The Price of Beauty', when Lucker screams: "Can't stand to hear you scream god, because he's not ***ing here bitch." These laughable and ridiculous lyricisms set the tone for the rest of 'The Cleansing'.
The only redeeming factor of this LP, and of 'SS', is the vocalist Mitch Lucker. Sure his lyrics don't count for much, but his vocal performance on this album slays and covers the lyrical flaws to some extent. Lucker is that good on this record, that I could actually identify him if I didn't know 'SS' were playing, something which can't be said for most 'Deathcore' singers. If only Lucker's vocals could cover every flaw in this album, I may have actually enjoyed this album, unfortunately the flaws prove too much to cover.
In conclusion, 'The Cleansing' is just another album for 'Deathcore' fans to indulge in, however for most of us, its just more of the same stereotypical mistakes that allude 'Deathcore' still to this day. The album would've been rated lower if it weren't for Lucker's vocals and the exception of a couple of tracks, sad isn't it? So, if you want an album you can stick on and are willing to ignore trite breakdowns and terrible lyrics, you might find some enjoyment in this album, although there wasn't much enjoyment in it for me.
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