Suicide Silence
Suicide Silence


2.0
poor

Review

by Simon Killip CONTRIBUTOR (140 Reviews)
March 19th, 2017 | 58 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A freak experiment with no personality of its own.

Negativity and hate are contagious little fiends, and when you couple that with surprise, it spreads like wildfire. I don’t need to go into the debacle of Suicide Silence’s latest effort, because the noise surrounding this album has been overwhelming; with people shouting at the band like it’s the worst thing to happen to them since Metallica and Lou Reed’s infamous Lulu project. Yes, the avant-garde experimentation of Metallica’s chugging riffs, supported by Lou’s horrendous lyrics and monologue droning created an album for someone with specific tastes -- this? I don’t really see what all the fuss is about.

Getting straight into the meat and potato of this LP: is it worth even a fraction of the hate it’s garnered over the last couple of months? Personally, I don’t see it. While the album is far from great, it’s hardly up there on the eccentric pedestal of experimentation with Lulu. No, had this not been for the fact it’s Eddie Hermida’s second stab at writing with the band, and the underlining obviousness they’re a deathcore band, this would (and should) have gone largely unnoticed. Because the only thing Suicide Silence truly offers in spades is flat, derivative ideas. The kind of album that doesn’t have the bottle to go the whole way with the ideas it wants to run with; the end result being a forgettable album that pisses its fans off and doesn’t offer enough of what it wants to do to draw in a different listener. Which brings me to the only thing that truly surprised me about this project: its producer and NU-metal legend Ross Robinson. Being known as the man to shake-up everything an artist knows, and draw out the best hidden qualities from them, he has gone on to make some truly ground-breaking and timeless albums with the likes of Korn, Deftones, Slipknot and Glassjaw. He’s even great at reinventing bands, like he did with the Cancer Bat’s exceptional Searching for Zero, which injected a much needed energy into the band’s stagnant sound. But irony can be a cruel and funny thing, and even though Suicide Silence picked the right man for the job, something has obviously been lost during the creative process. What was supposed to be an album to reinvent the band in a grand and surprising way has turned into an average, bland record, suffering from a terrible case of plagiarisation and an inability to sit still for long.

Suicide Silence is littered with odd ideas and constant tonal clashes, however, in various senses of the word, it’s still a heavy record. For example -- with the exclusion of the flat singing on the chorus -- “Doris” shows a decent mix of new ideas with their usual heavy flair; the track has some pretty interesting ideas, namely the spastic vocals throughout the verse and the claustrophobic vocal section at its breakdown, which adds a pretty solid dimension and satisfying conclusion to the track at hand; while “Hold Me Up, Hold Me Down" brings a familiar aesthetics to the track, as well as an odd Korn-like rhythmic bounce. The album constantly creates a lot of spacey guitar passages to try and add atmosphere, and while they’re executed in a completely unoriginal way, they certainly go in this album’s favour. However, the stuff I’ve just listed, while interesting, doesn’t nessessarily mean good. You can see the band had loads of ideas laid out, the problem is they’re either executed poorly, or are complete down-and-out rip-off sounds made from pioneers of NU-metal, post-punk and death metal decades ago. But even if we take this out of the equation, the band throw 100 ideas at the listener every 10 seconds, resulting in an incoherent mess for most of these tracks. However, as dull or irritatingly bland the album may be, there is one aspect of this album I have to feed to the wolfs: their shameless use of Deftones on this record is both embarrassingly obvious, and terribly executed. Hands down the worst track on this album isn’t because of Eddie’s terrible cleans, or any odd musical section thrown in the mix, it’s “Dying in a Red Room” for its truly dire use of Deftones formula, done in such an amateur, cringe-inducing manner; it’s easily the worst track here simply because it doesn’t hold any of the band’s own personality.

I think the bulk of this record’s experimentation -- and indeed, problems -- stem from Eddie’s vocal work; the music on this album is very forgettable and generic for the most part, but it’s Eddie’s work -- whether it’s to be commended for attempting new things, loathed or laughed at -- that becomes the focal point. Simply put, it’s very rare you feel he’s conveying himself in a natural or honest way, rather imitating the peers he admires. And a lot of the time, this is why cohesion throws itself out the window, because you can never sit comfortably with his voice: “Listen” is a pretty interesting track when you analyse it, because Eddie manages to drag in a Glassjaw post-hardcore vibe to the verse, before shifting between a Corey Taylor attitude and some pretty bad monologue style talking in the vein of King 810; couple that with the tacked on end section of the song, and you’re left with a head-scrambling amount of ideas that don’t mesh well. In fact, the whole record feels like a homage to hailed sounds, ironically from a lot of bands Ross has worked with before. Vocally songs like “Run”, “Listen” and “Zero” pop out the worst for these reasons, which is ultimately the biggest problem with Suicide Silence.

Yes, this album is poor, but it’s not for their lack of trying and experimentation, more their shameless plagiarism and lack of originality that let them down. Musically average, and derivative; vocally sounding like a dude at a karaoke machine trying to sing like his favourite singers. But with all that said and done, does it condone the hate its received? Honestly, I can think of albums that have fallen a whole lot harder than this. The best thing anyone could have done with this project is let it go unnoticed.

Poor.

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Comments:Add a Comment 
DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2017


13302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

As always, constructive criticism welcome.

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EvoHavok
March 19th 2017


7141 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Album blows, the review does not.

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trackbytrackreviews
March 19th 2017


3315 Comments


Man I didn't even like them with Mitch, I'm not even gonna bother listen to this

Dewinged
March 19th 2017


5393 Comments


So nor even Ross Robbie could fix these guys huh. I am gonna pass on this one.

Review is stellar though. Nice job Gonzo.

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MercuryToHell
Contributing Reviewer
March 19th 2017


1254 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5 | Sound Off

I completely agree with you on this. I might not have liked it, but the hyperbolic drivel raining down on it is just getting a little bit too much, as there is at least an attempt to shake things up, even if it does fail to get off the ground.

lecolumbus
March 19th 2017


136 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Good review. I think we liked different parts of the album though. I'm not hearing as much as Deftones in this as everybody else is pointing out, but maybe that's because I associate Deftones more with their later White Pony, Saturday Night Wrist stuff (which what I enjoy most from them).



Although now that I think about it, I do hear a little bit in Dying in a Red Room and that's probably the sound that works best for them IMO.



Overall this album was definitely a mess that's hard to listen to. It feels like they were trying to recreate early Korn albums but they copied too closely and the ideas they added were overall awful. Old Korn had some hip hop and Primus influence and you won't get anything that interesting on here.

SteakByrnes
March 19th 2017


3726 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Damn that was a very well written review my dude



Mind pos

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Tunaboy45
March 19th 2017


15496 Comments


Great review for the trashiest album of the year

this is some St Anger levels of idiocy

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SteakByrnes
March 19th 2017


3726 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0 | Sound Off

Yea this was terrible

killerK1
March 20th 2017


112 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I still don't understand what they were trying to pull off with this. If this was supposed to be their big mainstream breakthrough holy shit they got bad advice.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2017


13302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Thanks guys!



@lecolumbus

I'm glad I'm not the only one that hears the Korn influence here.



@killerK1

Nah, it's definitely not trying to reach a broader audience. I just think they wanted to really shake up their sound.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2017


13302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I still can't believe Ross -fucking- Robinson did this. The guy's one of my all-time faves, how the hell did he make this?

EphemeralEternity
March 20th 2017


2955 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

2.0 seems a bit adulatory but it's still low enough to appease me.

they were never shit to begin with anyway

review is tight as per usual breh

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DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2017


13302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Cheers for the praise, mang.



Not really man, it's no better than their Mitch stuff imo. It's just bad for different reasons. But the point I'm getting across is it isn't the worst thing ever, like a lot of people are putting across.



It would probably be a 1.5, but their attempt at actually moving forward with experimentation garners an extra .5.





EphemeralEternity
March 20th 2017


2955 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

well i just feel like their 'experimentation' is negate by the fact that they're blatantly trying to emulate deftones and nu metal with a sound that is already so passe' - plus the execution is abysmal as you mentioned. I can't really find much merit in there, or any tbh

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2017


13302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Yeah this album is basically plagiarisation on a colossal scale, but it isn't inaudible or offense to me; it just ranges between terrible imitation and generic as fuck.

DrGonzo1937
Contributing Reviewer
March 20th 2017


13302 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

And generic as fuck is something they've always excelled at anyway. lol

lecolumbus
March 20th 2017


136 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

I completely agree that they've always been incredibly generic - I just feel at times that worked for them to at least create some enjoyable songs, but never entire albums. I tried listening to The Cleansing last night and I couldn't get through half of it in one sitting.

JigglyPDiddy
March 20th 2017


3191 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Band should go away. [23423433843843843390390]

EphemeralEternity
March 20th 2017


2955 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

i can listen to the cleansing (all their previous output) and shake my head whereas this is simply ototoxic for me



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