Suicide Silence
The Black Crown


3.5
great

Review

by P.J. Quinones USER (35 Reviews)
January 19th, 2012 | 86 replies | 3,712 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

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.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
ILJ
January 18th 2012



6663 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Even before I stopped liking terrible shit like this, I thought this was terrible.

And you did a good job talking about the opening song, but description for the rest of the album felt a little lackluster.

Otherwise, decent review, despite it being for an atrocious album.

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
January 18th 2012



6993 Comments


I don't understand.... these guys are still putting out "music"?

MMX
January 18th 2012



4798 Comments


oh dear god

ToMMyMiL116
January 18th 2012



1474 Comments


Trashes hard m/

SLAUGHTERDOZER
January 18th 2012



278 Comments


you do realize that 3.5 means great right?

ToMMyMiL116
January 18th 2012



1474 Comments


U talkin to me? Or the reviewer? Lol cause i didn't rate this cause i couldn't get past the first song.

NeutralThunder12
January 18th 2012



8742 Comments


their pretty awful

bloozclooz
January 18th 2012



1770 Comments


cleansing is still the best yo

ToMMyMiL116
January 19th 2012



1474 Comments


Yea cleansing is only decent album they made.

Spec
January 19th 2012



27148 Comments


I still don't understand the appeal of this band.

Digging: Rinoa - An Age Among Them

Spec
January 19th 2012



27148 Comments


Well outside of Sputnik, there are people that like this band.

wacknizzle
January 19th 2012



12984 Comments


That dudes scream is awesome but not as good as, as the sun sets - each individual voice is silence, you people need to hear that. Good review but i don't think ill ever listen to this or any suicide silence, and i don't understand why people review albums that already have multiple reviews that say the same thing.

Digging: Amenra - Mass V

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


im surprised you dont have this as a 5 fade owait needsless music yes?

wacknizzle
January 19th 2012



12984 Comments


Everyone go listen to As The Sun Sets - Each Individual Voice Is Dead In Silence then comment on my review. It's from 1999 and you will never care for deathcore(holy shit i just realized it is deathcore) ever again. It's everything you wished whitechapel could be.

Spec
January 19th 2012



27148 Comments


If it was a poorly produced 3 song demo on cassette he would five it.

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


poorly?
poor?
suicide silence?

yep hes gonna 5 this

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


hes slimy

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


never heard anything more serious than that other than shrek

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


it wasnt joke it was dead serious fade

DarthMann
January 19th 2012



13815 Comments


yea hes probably from the ghettos of mexico or somethin and hes havin it hard cos he cant pay the cartel



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