Review Summary: Nothing too surprising from Suffokate on their 3rd full length outing. Generic Deathcore that is played and produced very well. Lack of versatility leads to a ‘been there, done that’ feeling once your done.4 of 4 thought this review was well written
What more can bands that purvey the art of Deathcore do? Honestly, most genre specific music is about 80% formula and Suffokate really don’t look to experiment a good deal on their latest outing. Does that mean you won’t enjoy it? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a 70/30 blend of death metal and hard core sprinkled with liberal temp changes and pit destroying breakdowns? Then you listener are in the right place.
Suffokate does not stray far from the normal recipe with Everything Is Lost
. Unless you’re a serious core fan, you are going to be hard pressed to separate this from releases by bands like Whitechapel, Catalepsy or Suicide Silence. Which isn’t an insult per say, there just really isn’t anything to set this outing apart from anything else that’s out there right now. The first 5 tracks are your standard deathcore songs, you can almost run down the checklist. Blast beats? Check. Quick off signature rhythms and tempo changes? Check. Layered growling/screeching vocals? Check. A break down about 2 minutes into every song? Check. 2 tracks that stand out, are Vanishing
The former is a decent instrumental and the latter is an almost spoken word affair (think Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies
from Machine Head), Both are a decent break from the overall normalcy of this album.
If you’re a fan of the genre, this is a release you’re going to enjoy. The vocal are Demonic and heavy. The musicians in the band actually showcase quite bit of talent with what they do. Some of the time changes and song structures border on the more technical end of the spectrum. Never Found
is a good example of this. People have complained in the past about the lyrics, but honestly it doesn’t hurt the listening experience here. For people that aren’t a fan of deathcore, there’s nothing here that’s going to change your mind.
Honestly, this isn’t the new messiah here. Nothing completely offensive, but it’s easily lost in a sea of very similar releases.
Let the Water Rise