Suicide Silence
Become The Hunter


3.0
good

Review

by industry plant USER (46 Reviews)
February 14th, 2020 | 39 replies


Release Date: 02/14/2020 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Barely climbing out of disaster valley.

It's no secret that Suicide Silence's glory days have long since passed. Ever since Mitch Lucker's death eight years ago, the band has been all but struggling to make ends meet—You Can't Stop Me was just another Suicide Silence record without any of the charm Lucker brought to the table, the self-titled took whatever hopes anyone had with Eddie Hermida in the driver's seat and squashed it into the 27th layer of hell itself, and the Weinstein effect punching Hermida right in the dick helped about as much as torching a bag of dinosaur s**t inside of a sacred religious temple. So in order to gain any semblance of musical respect back, Suicide Silence have decided to Become the Hunter, and while it's leagues ahead of the self-titled it still amounts to nothing more than a serviceable deathcore release.

First things first, Become the Hunter has completely done away with the clean vocals abundant on the self-titled—everything Hermida does is either a ferocious scream, a menacing growl, or a dry "Oli Sykes screws Frankie Palmeri" yell. Vocal damage caused by bad technique is starting to seep through the studio effects, though they do a good job covering it up most of the time—the yelling is where they fail to keep it obvious, and unfortunately Hermida simply yells multiple times throughout the record to the point where you're begging him to get back to growling or shut up. Lyrically, the album takes the concepts straight from Ice Nine Kills' playbook; the band tried to base every song on the album off of either a real or fictional serial killer (bar opening instrumental "Meltdown" as well as "In Hiding" and "Serene Obscene"); unfortunately they don't do much with the concept, and consequently the lyrics are more or less your standard "i'm going to rip your intestines out and sell your soul to a demonic prostitute" trite done millions of times already.

Instrumentally, it sounds like somewhat of a cross between the Mitch-era albums and the self-titled with some ambient mixed in, but with the nu metal influence of the self-titled used solely as undertones, with the deathcore/metalcore/ambient influence taking center stage. The ambient influence is where all traces of instrumental experimentation end; guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun and drummer Alex Lopez are still doing what they've more or less done for the past 13 years, while any trace of bassist Dan Kenny is, as usual, nowhere to be found. It ends up making the instrumental work more of a slightly more ambient You Can't Stop Me—which isn't necessarily bad, per se, but it does get old after 45 minutes. Production-wise, it's just like every other deathcore band; Eddie, Chris and Mark are the main focuses here—Alex gets time to shine, but Dan is, like I said before, left in the dark.

Become the Hunter is more or less an album of damage control after all the turmoil that went on during the self-titled's album cycle. It isn't a groundbreaking album, and it certainly doesn't hold a candle to their earlier work, but nor is it the mind-boggling s**t-fest that is the self-titled. For what it's worth, it's a fine album if you're looking for substance-less, face-melting heavy deathcore, and it certainly does do a good job at bandaging some of the wounds inflicted by the self-titled. Suicide Silence has effectively raised their sunken ship just enough to keep on sailing, and it's in much better shape than we thought it would be.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
WeepinnWillow
February 14th 2020


959 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Album stream: https://open.spotify.com/album/0TKibOiHotsM6d36cyepoC



commence. constructive criticism appreciated.

Digging: Savage Hands - The Truth in Your Eyes

parksungjoon
February 14th 2020


19624 Comments


band is worse than a chunder enema

good review tho pos

Digging: Nuclear Death - Bride of Insect

AxeToFall93
February 14th 2020


151 Comments


Better than that last album, but still pretty crap.

YuriZakhaev
February 14th 2020


639 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I dig some of the riffs and blast beats, but the production doesn't really make this album feel that heavy tbh. Title track is the best one on here for sure.

Devastator
February 15th 2020


4040 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

It’s miles ahead of the S/T but it’s still just painfully average.

ConcubinaryCode
February 15th 2020


5339 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

This might've been ok as the album that came out directly after black crown. If anything this kind of feels like an album of repentance or something. I don't think the band know what they want to do.

zaruyache
February 15th 2020


22453 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

i like the place when there's go CHUHG CHUHG SCREEEEARRMMM CHUGH

bloodshy
February 15th 2020


781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i paused to pos.



album is pretty decent. feels like eddie figured out what he sucks at and stopped doing those things. what we're left with is less interesting, but palatable. actually has some memorable songs, which is difficult for deathcore.

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Ninjahague
February 15th 2020


1666 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

there is plenty of Deathcore albums I enjoy listening too and this isn't going to be one of them

bloodshy
February 15th 2020


781 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

when you set the bar low, you create an opportunity for a pleasant surprise. i hope you're unexpectedly pleased, ninjahague.

Morpha
February 15th 2020


137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Haha I prefer the self titled album to this at least it was different (in a humorous way), this album is completely ruined by the vocals which are seriously nerve grating and makes it real pain to listen threw

WeAreReturningHome
February 15th 2020


41 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lmao this is their second highest album score average after the cleansing.



doesn’t matter what sucide silence puts out on here they’ll always be negged on sputnik

Morpha
February 15th 2020


137 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Serene obscene is interesting and a pretty grooved out so one decent track but then stuff like the solo on disaster valley sound like the neighborhood cats are fighting outside

zaruyache
February 15th 2020


22453 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

"on sputnik"



son they negged everywhere cus they trash

Intothepit
February 15th 2020


4023 Comments


It's sad when this dogshit album isn't the worst thing you've ever done...

TheClansman95
February 15th 2020


2511 Comments


mph, I don't know if I'm gonna dig this. It doesn't sound that promising

THISISMYWAR
February 15th 2020


517 Comments


to quote me, february 23rd, 2014, "F*ggot ass sputnik hipsters dont like SS. Not surprising"

parksungjoon
February 15th 2020


19624 Comments


THISISMYWAR listen to bestial warlust if you think youre a real man

SymbolicInTime
February 15th 2020


5913 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ahhh, yes. You must be a faggot ass hipster for not liking bland deathcore. Checks out

Pikazilla
February 15th 2020


11004 Comments


The Cleansing was like every scene kid's crusty wet dream lmfao

Terrible band

Pos'd the review



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