Suicide Silence
You Can't Stop Me


3.0
good

Review

by Chris Maitland USER (12 Reviews)
July 10th, 2014 | 142 replies


Release Date: 07/14/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Thanks to new vocalist Eddie Hermida, Suicide Silence's comeback record is a mild success.

2014 has been the year of the comeback in the world of heavy metal. Behemoth, Body Count and Son of Aurelius are amongst the plethora of bands that have returned from hiatus to release new material this year. California deathcore act Suicide Silence is the latest to join this movement with You Can't Stop Me, their first release since the death of vocalist Mitch Lucker in late 2012.

Taking the vocals reigns from the late Lucker on You Can't Stop Me is ex-All Shall Perish frontman Hernan "Eddie" Hermida. Coming in and replacing a vocalist who passed away at a young age under such tragic circumstances is not an easy task, but Hermida handles it gracefully. Not to dump on Lucker's memory, but I feel like Hermida's presence has improved the quality of Suicide Silence's music. Hermida's vocals are far more varied and powerful than Lucker's ever were. The most obvious example of this is on the rerecorded version of Suicide Silence EP cut "Ending is the Beginning". If you play both versions back-to-back, it's alarming how much better the song is with Hermida on vocals. Numerous times on You Can't Stop Me, Hermida's vocal performance is able to single-handedly salvage a track. Otherwise forgettable cuts like "Warrior" and "Don't Die" are made listenable thanks to Hermida's blend of dynamic high-pitched screams and impressive albeit standard guttural lows. Not since Jason Richardson's brief stint in Born of Osiris has a metal band gained so much from a single member change as Suicide Silence did with the addition of Hermida to their ranks.

Musically, You Can't Stop Me is pretty much nothing out of the ordinary for Suicide Silence. Their song structure still consists of heavy use of slamming breakdowns and nu-metal-esque groove riffs behind competent yet dull drumming on just about every track. From time to time, they'll break the mold with some decent enough atmospheric guitarwork segments ("Ourobous", "Sacred Words") or play a bit faster than usual ("Cease to Exist" , "Control"), but they're still far too reliant on their chugfest ground game for these few moments of variation to make much of a difference. I will give them a bit of credit for improving as songwriters from their last record The Black Crown. The few guitar solos here are actually pretty solid and at the very least, there's definitely more of an attempt to mix things up here than on their past records. Despite the slight improvement in songwriting, the instrumentation of Suicide Silence still really holds them back as a band. With a top-flight vocalist in Hermida at the helm now, Suicide Silence has the potential to be one of deathcore's standout acts. Instead, they are just a step above forgettable thanks to safe songwriting that is too afraid to challenge the boundaries of the genre.

You Can't Stop Me is the most complete work Suicide Silence has ever made, which ultimately isn't saying much because their discography is so middling. Hermida has certainly made a positive impact on the music and there is an undeniable passion throughout this record to honor Lucker's legacy; it's just that Suicide Silence's music is far too one-note and predictable to be anything above mildly satisfying. If they truly want to become the unstoppable force the title of this record alludes to, they're going to have to break out of their stereotypical deathcore comfort zone and start to push themselves as musicians. Suicide Silence has shown enough flashes of potential over the years (especially on their past three records) to make a damn fine record, but You Can't Stop Me is certainly not it.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
zaruyache
July 9th 2014


6488 Comments


'breakout' should be 'break out' in that last paragraph.

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trackbytrackreviews
July 9th 2014


1088 Comments


It hasn't even been a SINGLE DAY

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2014


14379 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

this is pre much aoty tho

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TalonsOfFire
July 9th 2014


7184 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Probably sucks will listen tmrw

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Futures
July 9th 2014


10782 Comments


lol

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cmaitland421
July 9th 2014


114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"'breakout' should be 'break out' in that last paragraph."

Fixed, thanks for the heads up.


Gameofmetal
July 9th 2014


1192 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The only thing besides the single I listened to was Control featuring George Corpsegrinder Fischer and fuuuuuuck he was the heaviest thing I've ever heard. Cleaner production actually made him sound better than on the Cannibal Corpse record I think.

Betray
July 9th 2014


3053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Hermida's vocals are far more varied and powerful than Lucker's ever were. "

lmfao

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Futures
July 9th 2014


10782 Comments


yeah dude idk i really don't like deathcore a lot anymore but lucker's vox made this band.

Betray
July 9th 2014


3053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The most obvious example of this is on the rerecorded version of Suicide Silence EP cut "Ending is the Beginning"."

o so ur saying the vocals on a 2005 deathcore ep arent as good as the vox on a major record label release in 2014?!?

thx br0 agred ahrd

R6Rider
July 9th 2014


4617 Comments


Hermida is trying to sound like Lucker.

I'm not a Lucker fan but he had his own style and was good at it.

cmaitland421
July 9th 2014


114 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Obviously the quality of vocal production is much higher on this than the 2005 self-released EP, but I still feel that Hermida does a much better job with the song than Lucker did.

Betray
July 9th 2014


3053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Which is cool because it's your opinion on your review and I pos'd anyway because it was well written.

However, this weak-ass, nasily, screechy bullshit is in no way superior to Mitch Lucker's vox, as indicated in your sentence: "Hermida's vocals are far more varied and powerful than Lucker's ever were."

Just a little problem I had with the review.

zaruyache
July 9th 2014


6488 Comments


but lucker's vox made this band [2]

SlMBOLlC
July 9th 2014


5191 Comments


i remember when i thought lucker's vox were br00tal
he had solid highs yeah but those lows were shiiiiiiiiiit

Betray
July 9th 2014


3053 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

His lows on The Cleansing are far from 'shit'.

Jacquibim
Contributing Reviewer
July 10th 2014


14379 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Eddie's vox are way better than Mitch's fuck you lot and your martyr

Futures
July 10th 2014


10782 Comments


no

Diamondize
July 10th 2014


1367 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

this is pre much aoty tho [3]

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SomeGuyDude
July 10th 2014


60 Comments


That last paragraph really bugs me. No Time to Bleed is one of the best deathcore albums, full of amazing drumming and fantastic atmospheric passages amidst the standard chuggachugs and beatdowns. I think if we're starting from a place saying that SS's discog is middling then we're not in a proper mindset.

That said, if this is really a step from from everything they've ever done, it must be pretty excellent.



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