Suicide Note
You're Not Looking So Good


4.5
superb

Review

by JokineAugustus USER (7 Reviews)
February 25th, 2015 | 20 replies


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Suicide note brings more to the table than your typical technical metalcore album to create a very unique and varied experience.

Upon first listening to “you’re not looking so good”, one will notice the similarities to Converge right away, particularly with the vocalist. To put this off as another “Converge Rip off Band” would be considered quite harsh though because, other than the vocals, they sound quite a bit different.

The album opens with a hard hitting hardcore song called “Not in A Million Years”. The riffs are really ferocious here, and with a good pair of headphones, you can hear the bass thundering along in the background quite nicely. This song is a great introduction to what is coming next, as it blends some nice melodic guitars and chaotic riffs quite nicely. The next track introduces you to a song with clean singing. Usually these kind of chaotic albums are devoid of any kind of clean vocals, but he actually manages to blend it quite well, with a sweet melody to transition to the clean sung chorus. It’s hard to really pinpoint what his vocals are similar to, but I’d say closest would probably be the clean singer from the album “Tear From The Red,” which actually came out near the same time.

A few tracks later, we come to my favourite song of the album, “Gag Reflex”. This is hands down the most experimental track of the album, with a huge focus, once again, on melody and excellently placed clean vocals. The most amazing part of this song, however, is the wonderful piano midsection. It builds up to the point where you think it’s going to explode, but instead of doing what many other bands have already previously done before this; they decide to pull a 180 on us.

The production on the album is top notch, especially considering how old the album is. We get some excellent guitar tones, with the strumming of the guitars coming through noticeably crunchy, which is something I love to hear in this kind of music. The bass comes through clear, as stated earlier, and the drums are excellent, with each cymbal, kick, and snare coming out clear and precise.

The only weak part, if it can be considered one, would be the lack of much variety in the harsh vocals. He does try a bit too hard to emulate Jacob Bannon at times, and as such his vocals are pretty much indecipherable. This is easy to ignore, however, especially when you have so many other things going on at once.

The album ends hard with the track “Segue to The Sun”, another personal favourite off the album. Unlike previous songs that would focus more on structure and melody, this song is meant to just crush you with all of its force, leaving you in a daze. It is by far the slowest song on the album, and is very much sludge influenced, with early Neurosis being an obvious influence. It pummels you for its 4 minute duration, and the agonizing harsh vocals that appear briefly help to make you feel like you’re being tortured by some psychopath.

If you can handle the vocals being a bit samey in places, and are into melodic hardcore, with some pretty sweet technicality being thrown in, I highly recommend giving this a listen.



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JokineAugustus
February 24th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Been digging this album so hard recently

deathschool
February 24th 2015


22577 Comments


Goddamn dude. You posted a comment about how people should check this in the JD thread, then posted a sound off, and now a review all within like an hour of each other. You're dedicated, haha. Will read. And will try to check this.

JokineAugustus
February 24th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Do it man its so fucking great.

deathschool
February 24th 2015


22577 Comments


Posd dude. You have a few typos, which I would point out if my iPad would let me copy/paste. Just give it a once over. Decent review though.

JokineAugustus
February 24th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Oh if you're referring to favourite, that's how it's spelled for me in Canada. Maybe I'm missing something else though.

deathschool
February 24th 2015


22577 Comments


Cymbal not symbol

And I just looked up and saw that pummel can also be spelled pommel. Wasn't aware.

JokineAugustus
February 24th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Ahh ya whoops. Good luck finding a dl for this though, it took me quite a while, and I can't remember the address.

ReAnimator
February 24th 2015


356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's "pummel" in this situation. "Pommel" is the raised part of a riding saddle/the weight at the end of a sword hilt.



Sick album and pretty good review

JasonCarne
February 24th 2015


981 Comments


I haven't listened to this is a really long time, but I used jam it regularly, definitely a solid record.

JokineAugustus
February 24th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Damn the english language sometimes. Ill fix it tomorrow. Glad you guys dig this album

titanslayer
February 24th 2015


2713 Comments


"We get some excellent guitar tones, with the strumming of the guitars being noticeably, which is something I love to hear in this kind of music."
With the strumming being noticeably what?

JokineAugustus
February 25th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Thanks a bunch guys for the help with grammar and errors. I'll spend more time editing future reviews.

DanielNightLewis
February 25th 2015


1028 Comments


I've loved this record for years. Random Hell is such an amazing song. Kind of surprised it hadn't been reviewed yet since there are quite a few "proper metalcore" enthusiasts on here.

JokineAugustus
April 5th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Bump. Album needs more attention.

JokineAugustus
June 13th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Seriously dudes need to listen to this

DanielNightLewis
June 13th 2015


1028 Comments


Seriously dudes need to listen to this [2]


JokineAugustus
June 18th 2015


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Just got this in the mail. So close to a 5 like seriously

DanielNightLewis
June 19th 2015


1028 Comments


It's all about Random Hell for me. That song is perfect.

Prancer
July 28th 2017


836 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really good for a pretty obscure band.

JokineAugustus
June 4th 2018


8715 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Glad I came back to this really solid album.



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