Suicide Silence
The Black Crown


2.5
average

Review

by Darion Paone USER (77 Reviews)
July 17th, 2011 | 15 replies | 5,491 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Suicide Silence tries to add feeling to an emotionless record and sounds disjointed and generally mediocre because of it.

3 of 5 thought this review was well written

Suicide Silence hasn't impressed me, personally. In my opinion, bands both older (Animosity) and newer (Whitechapel) have outshone them in the areas of quality and stage presence. I didn't dig The Cleansing or No Time to Bleed. They had good highlights, but as a whole the albums seemed to fall apart. As such, I wasn't expecting much from The Black Crown, their latest release.

I was pleasantly surprised when giving the new album a full listen didn't give me a headache. The Black Crown isn't anything extraordinary, but I will say that it's better than any of their past releases. The production adds an oomph effect to both vocals and bass pedals when they need it, and lets the band do their own work otherwise. Unfortunately, Suicide Silence hasn't changed much in terms of lyrics or song structure, so expect more of the same in terms of that. This album is devoid of lyrical meaning, varied drumwork, solos, and dynamic guitar passages, but despite the breakdowns, monotonous chugging and riffing, and lyrics that seem to have caught the Slipknot disease, The Black Crown does sound better than the rest of the Suicide Silence discography.

There are a few passages of clean vocals ("Witness the Addiction") that attempt to add emotion to the record, but ultimately fail. Sure, they don't sound overtly nasal or fake, but as much as they "fit" with the album, they fall flat in terms of emotional depth. This isn't really an issue of vocals, it's an issue of lyrics. Most of this album just screams "teen angst!" to me, lyrically, which is something I thought I left behind with Slipknot. I just can't jive with an album where an album highlight is entitled "FuckEverything" and has a similar message in the chorus, where the title is repeated countless times. Most of what we hear on this album sounded good when Whitechapel did it with The Somatic Defilement, but repeating it now isn't going to help the band be any more distinctive.

I can't really say too much for this album. It's nothing you haven't heard before. Sound-wise, Suicide Silence has evolved, if only a little bit. Lyrically, however, they've gone under - way under - and I don't like it one bit. If you were a fan of their older releases, you'll probably like this album, but otherwise, I recommend steering clear and checking out Whitechapel or Animosity or something else better than this.

Recommended Tracks:
4.) "You Only Live Once"
5.) "FuckEverything"
7.) "Witness the Addiction"
10.) "The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart"



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Pr0nogo
July 17th 2011



373 Comments


I used "FuckEverything" instead of the actual name because otherwise it'd be censored.

Pr0nogo
July 17th 2011



373 Comments


I thought it was "so go fucking die" but alright.

Carnifex
July 17th 2011



1918 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

This album is terrible, they've legitimately regressed.

asaf
July 17th 2011



885 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

the track with jon davis makes me want to vomit. everything else is 2.5 at best. sits in the dugout next to oceano releases.

SowingSeason
Staff Reviewer
July 17th 2011



15332 Comments


you could also do fuck everything

italics work wonders for my foul mouth

Digging: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

PistolPete
July 17th 2011



3556 Comments


whew somebody get this guy a swear jar

Digging: Nothing More - Nothing More

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
July 17th 2011



6937 Comments


who prongo or sowing?

Pr0nogo
July 17th 2011



373 Comments


If I were him I'd have been referring to the vocalist, but that's just me.

OneMoreRoland
July 17th 2011



1050 Comments


Im just not going to give this a chance

Carnifex
July 17th 2011



1918 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

^Yeah don't, majority of the album is pure shit.

Pr0nogo
July 18th 2011



373 Comments


Holy assfuck where'd those two negs come from.

Carnifex
July 18th 2011



1918 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

idk i pos'd it.

micaewww
August 1st 2011



30 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

In my opinion this album lyrical depth is stronger than the others but then again I didn't pay much
attention to No Time to Bleed, and The Cleasing is summarizes itself with "let's bash that guy's face
since he's religious" and i'm an atheist
other than that good review pos'd

EatMyDeathcore
September 19th 2011



7 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

They have gotten worse through the albums.. Plus Mitch's yelling in most of the song degrades it too.

666Micrograms
November 1st 2012



923 Comments


Any band that titles a song YOLO won't be gracing my ears.



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