Review Summary: Still chug-a-lugging away, but this time with a little more crunch.
Suicide Silence's early days were revolved around death growls, blast beats, thrashy riffs, and open note breakdowns. Such music is ever-so monotonous to me after too much, so Suicide Silence is about the only one I stuck with (respects to JFAC and TBDM, however). No Time to Bleed
enamored me upon listening, and I still listen to it pretty often. But NTTB did not fascinate me as much as SS's newest release, The Black Crown
As mentioned before, Suicide Silence has been nothing but a popular deathcore band to anyone who has the slightest ideals on what metal, hardcore, or whatever "core" sub-generalization have you. But in TBC, Suicide Silence has astonishingly adapted a tasty effect on their tunes. They appeal with a greater presence within the music, led by Lucker. Him and his crew open with a shot to the jaw with the maddening and pulsating "Slave to Substance". It powers something similar to the group's most popular track beforehand, "No Pity for a Coward" however much, much
better in terms of production. It sucks you in tight with it's intricate beats and astounding verse riff. It leads on, proving a capable effort to add to their belts for a powerful live show, and an exciting spin clocking just under 40 minutes. No longer clinging to frail guitar riffs and half-assed rhythm support, Lucker's band is slowly but surely making a name for themselves as well. Their guitarists surprise with just placement of riffs for collaborative success, and the bass skulks in it's dark background with yet a decent performance and the drummer beats along in the haphazard way that deathcore drummers do, with a bit of a chip on his shoulder too.
Given it's heated essence and more intricate theme, loosely juxtaposed with it's bridging predecessor, it lacks a key element: consistency. The tracks following "Slave to Substance" falter greatly in the upkeep of impending hatred and obliteration that was effective beforehand. It picks back up now and then with infectious breakdowns, commanding shrieks, and creative riffs but majorly bores a little too often. A guest performance from the ever-infamous Jonathan Davis spices things up a bit for "Witness the Addiction", but the rest of this song sludges along aside from the top-notch verse riffs. Regardless of the evident flaw, it was not enough to assault one's bowels in a triumphant, head-banging harbinger of chaos, but The Black Crown
serves it's due purpose of making a great record. Can we hope for more? The future looks bright for the brooding metal-heads. Till then, enjoy yourself with another great release.
Rec'd Tracks: Slave to Substance, O.C.D., You Only Live Once, The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart.