Ice Nine Kills
The Silver Scream


5.0
classic

Review

by Josh USER (9 Reviews)
October 6th, 2018 | 17 replies


Release Date: 2018 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A celebration of passion and history.

Ice Nine Kills has always been one of my favorite metalcore bands of all time and they have never failed to impress, especially with this new release - which I honestly think is perfect. With The Silver Scream, the band decided to embrace what they loved the most and get to writing, which would be horror films instead of classic literature this time around. They focused on the most memorable of films, some of which have kick-started entire film franchises while others were a bit unexpected, such as the song "Love Bites" which is based on An American Werewolf in London.

We were introduced to this album through several story-based music videos, which really just shows the kind of passion this band has for their music. And though they don't take it too seriously, it can be easily seen as more of a passion project with some puns thrown in here and there, not only with the song titles (The Jig Is Up being based on Saw, Thank God It's Friday being Friday the 13th) but with the lyricism as well, with some of it coming off as silly and other times it can be a little clever. They even act out some scenes from the movies very briefly in the Jaws inspired song, "Rocking the Boat", or what could possibly be samples from Halloween in "Stabbing In The Dark".

Spencer's clean vocals have shown growth as well, they have grown harsher and more potent in songs such as "Stabbing In The Dark", "SAVAGES" and "The World In My Hands". They mesh quite well with Justin DeBlieck's (co-vocalist and lead guitarist) vocals this time around, instead of being jarring like they felt in their previous release at times.

As dark and as fun as The Silver Scream can be, it doesn't cease to make you smile and want to jump up from your seat. Especially since they have their former vocalist, Jeremy Schwartz, featured in the record where they namedrop several of their past endeavors which makes you think of just how far this band has come. It's a celebration of what they love the most but it's also showing that it's a celebration of their history.

This record is no stranger to featuring other artists either, as Sam Kubrick (Stanley Kubrick's grandson) of SHIELDS is featured in "Enjoy Your Slay", a song inspired by The Shining. The final track, "IT Is The End" shows off a playful, circus-y vibe from Pennywise's point of view, with a song full of puns and tongue in cheek lyrics before crawling to a slow end.

Despite this record faltering ever so slightly here and there with uninspired lyricism (specifically in SAVAGES), this band shows they can continue to pump out a not-so-serious but a still bone chilling release which leaves me wondering just how they can top this; only time will tell.

Favorite tracks:
The American Nightmare
Thank God It's Friday
Stabbing In The Dark
Rocking The Boat
The World In My Hands
Merry Axe-Mas
It Is The End



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JoshGray672
October 6th 2018


8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Wanted to try to stray away from doing track-by-track reviews but more than likely I fell short in a few places. Hope it's an improvement. Criticism appreciated.

Digging: Rav - Beneath The Toxic Jungle

ShadowNeko
October 6th 2018


165 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

AMEN. This album slays hard.

ItsTheSquirrel
October 8th 2018


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Doesn’t sound like a 5/5 based on your description, otherwise a decent review

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m4j3stiq
October 9th 2018


123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've been recommending this band since TPBP. Their story telling is crazy unique and their execution thereof is highly effective, not to mention rather passionate too. Loving this iteration of their discography. Props to them for sticking to their guns.

TetraVaal
October 10th 2018


69 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

God damn this band is garbo.

SgtShock
October 11th 2018


790 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

If it wasn't for my soft spot for concept albums, this would get a hot, steaming 1.5 from me.



Anyways, solid review.

bloc
October 11th 2018


52187 Comments


The horror gimmick was not as cringy as I thought it was gonna be. However, I don't see myself coming back to this, so a 3 it is.

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ZombieToyDuck
October 11th 2018


5753 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this grew off a bit, still great though

Digging: Parquet Courts - Wide Awake

ItsTheSquirrel
October 13th 2018


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Jesus Christ, how did that average drop so quickily?

Scoot
October 13th 2018


19099 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

cause it's literally no different from the 1827394 metalcore albums released since 2006

ItsTheSquirrel
October 13th 2018


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I think the qurrent average is fair, but just a few days ago it was still 4 and I think it was even higher right after the release

gschwen
October 13th 2018


64 Comments


If every Fallout Boy fan decided that Fallout Boy would sound better if they were a little bit heavier, you’d get this band. I can only assume that this album has a 3.8 right now because the people voting it up have never heard a metalcore band before in their lives and this is their first exposure to the genre. Like a starving man gifted a can of Spam, this is a feast for the musically ignorant. This album is horrendous. I can’t decide if this or the new Underoath is worse.

bloc
October 13th 2018


52187 Comments


3.8 is still pretty fuckin impressive for a metalcore album like this with over 100 ratings

ItsTheSquirrel
October 13th 2018


51 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

”Underoath isn’t bruutal enoug anymore so they must suck!”

Yeah the new UO isn’t as good as their older work, but honestly who expected it to be? It’s doesn’t mean that it’s bad either

JoshGray672
October 13th 2018


8 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I would say this album does enough different to place it on the outside of the endless flow of generic metalcore records.

m4j3stiq
October 15th 2018


123 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

lmao. @gschwen



*Sits in the corner quietly, enjoying Spam feast for the ignorant*







GhostB1rd
October 15th 2018


1506 Comments


Ummmm excuse me good sir but the new Underoath is next level awful and this is also pretty not good and the 3.8 is as deserved as the one for Trivium's newest which is to say not at all.



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