Suicide Silence
The Black Crown


2.5
average

Review

by MaryBabko USER (25 Reviews)
January 25th, 2021 | 16 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One step forward is two steps back, with the incorporation of more streamlined metalcore sections let down by the band's trademark breakdowns and some abysmal lyrics

Suicide Silence are a band that can be summed up in two words : "consistently average". It is almost impressive at how generic this band have been throughout their career, with the occasional solid song rearing its head above the mire of blandness. The one album that the band have released with more than one or two redeeming songs is 2011's The Black Crown, the final record they crafted prior to the untimely demise of frontman Mitch Lucker. In partially shedding their deathcore skin, the band's third effort is one with at least more than one monotonous sound, and therefore is worthy of a little discussion.

Opening track Slaves To Substance showcases the shift towards a more groove-oriented metalcore sound, whilst still remaining both embellished and trapped by their deathcore roots. Whilst this heavier edge provides some variety when mixed in with the newer sound, there is no denying that the repeated chugging breakdowns throughout this record do little to inspire confidence that the band has taken any significant steps forward. Second track O.C.D is an excellent example of this, with the tremolo picked riffs and one or two infectious riffs unfortunately sold down the river by the montonous chugs of the chorus. This dichotomy of the enjoyable and the insipid is present throughout all of this album, and prevents the band from claiming any real credit.

You Only Live Once and *** Everything are two fan favorites, and the former is definitely one of the better tracks here. Opening with a scratchy riff and a spoken word declaration of "push your care, push your burdens aside", it then roars into life with a mid-tempo riff that will at least get the neck thrashing. Coupled with Mitch Lucker's (admittedly) excellent shrieks and growls, this is a fantastic build up, with only the lyrics really letting it down (seriously, a twelve year-old could have written better). The slight increase in tempo before it drops back to the mid-tempo riff (coupled with the repeated roars of "live life hard") is again well honed, and cuts like a knife. Unfortunately, this is Suicide Silence, and they couldn't resist throwing in an atrocious breakdown before the guitar solo.

To tell the truth, there is little else to say about the sound of this record. Most songs here have at least one decent riff, but they are let down by the generic chugging breakdowns and some dreadful lyricism. The guest appearances of Suffocation's Frank Mullen, Korn's vocalist, and Alexia Rodriguez add a little to the song's upon which they feature, with the first of the trio perhaps feeling the most at home here. Cancerous Skies is a solid enough outro to the album, opening in particularly brutal fashion, and Cross-Eyed Catastrophe is at least improved by some slightly more intricate guitar moments, but overall this record is one I would struggle to recommend for anything more than one solitary listen. The decent moments are actually solid, and definitely the highlights of this band's career, but the majority of the album is just too stale.



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    DaMetulz (3.5)
    A step up in consitency and song-writing skills, but lacking the thuggish 'Br00tAlz' charm...

    Pr0nogo (2.5)
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    A7XBVBFFDP (3.5)
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    Nikkolae (1.5)
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Comments:Add a Comment 
MaryBabko
January 25th 2021


709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Not the worst album ever, but definitely not one i'd heavily recommend. This and You Can't Stop Me are the only two I occasionally revisit, and in this case it is purely because of nostalgia

MaryBabko
January 25th 2021


709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Would have been nice if whoever negged gave me some actual feedback

Ninjahague
January 25th 2021


1774 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"In partially shedding their deathcore skin, the band's third effort is one with at least more than one monotonous sound, and therefore is worthy of a little discussion."

Very well written and undoubtedly a pos, but I don't see why bother with reviewing an album from a genre you clearly don't hold highly. I wouldn't blame you in any way for not liking them lol but I'd bet that's why someone would get triggered and neg.

TooLateToGoBack
January 25th 2021


2042 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

Revival Of Life is the best song off this album and it was only available on the deluxe edition.



Shame.

SteakByrnes
January 25th 2021


22599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Their last solid album

Digging: Taeko Onuki - Sunshower

Tunaboy45
January 25th 2021


17291 Comments


Sound like a cool band, are these "Suicide Silence" lads worth checking out?

Digging: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis - Carnage

DaveT0738
January 25th 2021


2020 Comments


Yes

MaryBabko
January 26th 2021


709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Very well written and undoubtedly a pos, but I don't see why bother with reviewing an album from a genre you clearly don't hold highly. I wouldn't blame you in any way for not liking them lol but I'd bet that's why someone would get triggered and neg."



I actually don't mind deathcore, but these cunts are a bad example of it

DaveT0738
January 26th 2021


2020 Comments


Check Thy Art Is Murder - Hate. Despised Icon - The Ills of Modern Man.

The good kind of deathcore imo

metalhead2425
January 26th 2021


371 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Okayish album I guess. I've never thought this band was straight up terrible (at least the Mitch version), but they were always rather bland outside of a few moments.

Hate and Ills of Modern Man are definitely good deathcore. I always liked All Shall Perish too.

Nocturtle
January 28th 2021


968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Cleansing was sick dxc fam



Nocturtle
January 28th 2021


968 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review btw hard pos

MaryBabko
January 30th 2021


709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"Check Thy Art Is Murder - Hate. Despised Icon - The Ills of Modern Man. "



I've heard both. TAIM are utterly atrocious

DaveT0738
January 30th 2021


2020 Comments


Later ones are boring but Hate is dope

MaryBabko
January 30th 2021


709 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Hate is literally one of their worst. Holy War was the only listenable thing theyve ever done

SteakByrnes
January 30th 2021


22599 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Hate owns agreed



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