Suicide Silence
Remember...You Must Die


2.3
average

Review

by Tyler White STAFF
March 9th, 2023 | 53 replies


Release Date: 03/10/2023 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Failing to recapture

Nowadays, deathcore has become a bit of an exciting genre. Groups like Lorna Shore, though not necessarily creating classics just yet, are trying new ways to revitalize the genre and attempt to expand on the sound by integrating different influences. However, the same cannot be said for Suicide Silence today. Instead of picking up the torch and paving new ways for deathcore, the band remains stuck in the glory days, relishing on the past instead of moving toward the future. After many misfires, Suicide Silence attempts yet again to recapture the magic of their early days as genre legends. Instead of building upon the foundation of the past, this retread of ideas leaves Remember… You Must Die riddled with redundancy and lifeless performances, ultimately falling short.

On the surface, Suicide Silence’s newest effort is a serviceable deathcore album as it contains everything you’d expect from a classic of the genre. Yet that’s where the problem lies. It tries so hard to be what deathcore used to be that it falls into the trap of repeating “what worked before” without being able to capitalize on how the band could progress. “You Must Die”’s intro feels reminiscent to the intro of “Unanswered” with its abrasive drumming and chromatic style, tremolo riffs of “God Be Damned” bring back the memory of The Cleansing, and the vocals attempt to recapture what Mitch Lucker’s intense range from high screams to growls, yet all of this fails to reinvigorate what they used to do. Instead of evolving with the rest of the crowd and attempting to break new ground in the genre, Remember… You Must Die dates itself and puts itself in a box that keeps the band rooted in nostalgia rather than progression.

Looking beyond this desire to recapture what was lost, Remember… You Must Die also lacks depth in its songwriting. As the songs roll by, the compositions blend together. It becomes hard to distinguish one chromatic riff sequence from the other, or this specific blast beat from that other section in that other song. Even when a song hits the mark on an intriguing idea, as in “Endless Dark,” it quickly loses its value as the song returns to that riff time and time again without any progression or addition. It’s never that the sections themselves are offensive or atrocious, but it’s almost like there’s no emotion. This formulaic approach of repeating and never expanding brings a sense of redundancy, making the performance lifeless and void.

However, not all is entirely lost. At times, flashes of brilliant light do shine through Suicide Silence’s mechanical songwriting. The bridge section of “***ed For Life,” with its sleek integration of a clean guitar passage contrasting the deep, distorted bass, gives a great build in tension that erupts into a simple yet effective breakdown. “The Third Death” opens with an immense, wall-of-sound drum fill that gives way to a fun chugging riff, providing a feeling of rare enjoyment as you can feel the band hitting their stride with what they are capable of. Where the record shines the most is in the closer, “Full Void,” with its captivating, reverb-laden intro riff and rather expansive and progressive songwriting contrary to most of the record. Nevertheless, what Remember… You Must Die does well just can’t carry the weight of what burdens it.

What Suicide Silence did early on was iconic and legendary for the deathcore scene. The impact that The Cleansing had on the genre was immense and important as an influence for the future generation of bands. However,15 years later, Remember… You Must Die still reaches back into the past, and stays there, stuck in “what was done” instead of “what could be done.” Despite the attempt to revitalize the past, Suicide Silence fails to recapture what was lost, leaving themselves lost in the process.



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tyman128
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2023


4552 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

Album officially releases tomorrow. I'm sure some people will like the return to their OG deathcore sound, but for me it just sounded contrived

Anyway, thanks to Johnny and Asleep for helpin me out with some proofing

artiswar
March 9th 2023


13998 Comments


teehee

Willie
Moderator
March 9th 2023


20217 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Looking at their discography page, it looks like your rating is the general consensus for all their releases.



Edit: Another exciting Deathcore release coming up is Ov Sulfer. It's blackened deathcore that should appeal to the people that liked Shadow of Intent and Lorna Shore. It will be out March 24th.

SteakByrnes
March 9th 2023


30138 Comments


suicide silence in 2023 moment

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2023


18258 Comments


These guys exist still?

JoyfulPlatypus
March 9th 2023


838 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Ah damn. Can't say I have high hopes for this tbh but I'm at least hoping it's good for some mindless and heavy fun. If it's higher than a 3 I'll be pleasantly surprised.



Great review!

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
March 9th 2023


18258 Comments


Added this to today's listens for reasons I guess.

mrdogthrow
March 9th 2023


2116 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

hahahahahahaha this band



"Another exciting Deathcore release coming up is Ov Sulfer."

these guys fuck so hard

ConcubinaryCode
March 10th 2023


7624 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

They've picked themselves up from their disastrous s/t but only barely and just to play the most bog standard deathcore imaginable. Their early stuff wasn't stellar but it was at least fun at times, this and their last album try to fit into that sound of their early releases but with none of the bravado of it.

YoYoMancuso
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2023


19037 Comments


steak i laughed so hard at your comment

great review as always brotha, i'll stay far away from this

ToSmokMuzyki
March 10th 2023


11712 Comments


omfggg yesssssssssssssssss

Brett W
March 10th 2023


375 Comments


the production is buttcheeks, can't even sit through this.

Purpl3Spartan
March 10th 2023


8791 Comments


woah a brett w appearance

Durrzo
March 10th 2023


3336 Comments


These guys were popular when deathcore was boring as shit and generally sucked, which is why they're boring as shit and generally suck.

Brabiz
March 10th 2023


2236 Comments


I wouldn’t say deathcore has become interesting, I think the main demographic is still a younger audience, and I have yet to hear a mature sounding deathcore record. It can be fun at times, but idk. I think the entire issue with most of it is the genre itself not leaving much breathing room, because no matter what you add into it, there has to be those generic deathcore elements.

MoM
March 10th 2023


5994 Comments


“ I wouldn’t say deathcore has become interesting”

Me neither. I loved pre-2010 DXC back in high school and a lot of that still holds up for me on the rare listen as a fun time. Most of the new shit, with a couple exceptions, does nothing for me

MarsKid
Emeritus
March 10th 2023


21035 Comments


Yeah the resurgence of deathcore with regards to creativity is vastly overstated. Nobody is doing anything particularly new, except maybe you have some cool vocalists kicking around. That alone can't sell this kind of sound, however.

tyman128
Staff Reviewer
March 10th 2023


4552 Comments

Album Rating: 2.3

I mean, didn't say it was good at all, but I do think that bands are at least attempting to do new things, even if they don't have a sense of where to go with it at all

But I'd rather see a band try to do something innovative than to be stuck in the past ya know

MarsKid
Emeritus
March 10th 2023


21035 Comments


Beyond the vocalists, I'm not sure what this new wave brings to the table, but most are likely better than post-Mitch Suicide Silence, I can agree to that lol

MoM
March 10th 2023


5994 Comments


I agree with that. They’re rarely gonna touch aughts core going for the same style. They need to accept that the future of deathcore is industrial and/or DnB and/or fun songwriting



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