"You Can't Stop Me
" is the newest album from deathcore band Suicide Silence
and also the very first since the tragic loss of vocalist Mitch Lucker. Filling his shoes is Eddie Hermida, former vocalist of All Shall Perish
. The title of the album apparently comes from a set of lyrics that Mitch left behind, which were also used on the title track. The album features two guest vocalists, George "Corpsegrinder
" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse
and Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan
on the tracks "Control" and "Monster Within
" respectively. The special bonus tracks edition of the album also features two bonus songs, one being a Hatebreed
10 is also a re-recording of the "Suicide Silence
- EP" track "Ending is the Beginning".
The album goes for 39:10 in length. The official release date is July 14th, 2014 in the UK and July 15th, 2014 in North
America. The album will be released through Nuclear Blast
Records and is produced by Steve Evetts (who also produced The Black Crown
singles have been released so far for the album, "Cease to Exist
" on May 6th, 2014 and "Don't Die
" on June
M.A.L. is the first track of the album and it's 0:48 seconds, which makes it only a very simple and short introduction the album. While giving it a very obvious Suicide Silence
sound, it sets the mood for the record, while remaining dark and creepy, it leads to the second track very nicely.
2: Inherit The Crown
First actual track of the album, "Inherit the Crown
" is a very good first song. Kicking off with Eddie Hermida's brutal high screams, it only goes to show that he was indeed a good choice for a replacement. The instruments show no signs of a genre/style/direction/whatever you wanna call it change in the Suicide Silence
sound. Eddie sounds really great so far. This albums, so far, sounds like it will some kid of a mix between The Black Crown
and the previous stuff, rather than a drastic change or a copy of previous material. The song includes a nice solo near the end, showing the great guitar works of Mark Heylmun and Chris Garza. It's followed by a heavy breakdown, displaying the guttural lows of Eddie, proving his range is pretty wide.
3: Cease to Exist
Starting off with a typical Suicide Silence
intro (no kidding, this intro sounds like the song should be on The Black Crown
), the following fast verse shows that the album will literally be a relentless display of blast beats, great vocals and brutality. I think this was a great choice for a single as it displays Eddie's vocals in the best way, and also proves that Suicide Silence
definitely isn't done. Thanks to Eddie's style, I believe Suicide Silence
might finally distinguished themselves from the "scene" they have been put in. Now playing shows with bands like Thy Art is Murder rather than being classified on Tumblr with bands like Bring Me The Horizon
or Asking Alexandria
, I think they can finally be put in the right category with great deathcore bands. The song features a surprisingly short but very catchy and fast paced solo, followed by the chorus and great low pitched vocals by Eddie.
4: Sacred Words
Creepy noise, and a drum build up, leading into Eddie's demonic vocals, Track
4 sets in and we're in for a relentless display of talent from the deathcore group. With some great guitar work, this song is very catchy, although it sounds more like a metalcore song. The chorus shows a lot of progressing chords and mid ranged vocals. Don't let it fool you though, a sick verse follows. Eddie's highs sound particularly good on this song especially that line at 2:40 followed by a pretty cool breakdown that might make you wanna break stuff. The track softens for a bit at one point as Eddie whispers, but only to kick right back in the "metalcore-ish" chorus. Song ends with great highs and a nice little breakdown.
5: Control (feat. George "Corpsegrinder
" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse
Ah, how I missed those pinch harmonics during Suicide Silence
's riffs. Have I mentioned how good Eddie's highs are? The guy's a machine. Corpsegrinder
's vocals kick in near halfway and he sounds particularly brutal during this song. They used him during a breakdown which makes it sound insanely brutal. They give us a little break about 3/4 in only to kick back in with a heavy breakdown and demonic highs. Creepy synths behind the breakdown actually make it sound heavier. Amazing track.
When I talk about a "typical Suicide Silence
sounding intro" this is what I mean. This intro could've been used on any Suicide Silence
album. We hear a solo riff with marching sounds in the back going to the rhythm of the song and quite frankly the song would've been just fine without them. I'm not too sure what this is. And
it's recurring. Fortunately, Eddie's vocals save the day and are still able to make this a good song. Probably my least favorite so far, but being almost halfway through, this is a pretty decent album thus far. Song ends with a cool breakdown and insane lows.
7: You Can't Stop Me
If it wasn't that I knew this song was written by Mitch, I would probably be saying "this song sounds like it was written by Mitch". Even the instruments. This song is a big throwback to The Black Crown
. "Sing this with me". But, I have to give it to them, they used their deceased best friend's lyrics on a song and they successfully made it sound the same as when he was there. I definitely wish I could hear this song (and all the others on this album to be honest) with Mitch's vocals on them. Solid song, though.
8: Monster Within
(Feat. Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan
The problem with this album is that it's repetitive. The instruments sound the same, as great as they are. The only thing saving it is really Eddie's touch. Don't get me wrong, it's a good album. But I'm not sure how much I'll be listening to it, I miss the uniqueness of No Time to Bleed
and The Cleansing
. Of course just as I say this, the catchiest part of the album comes on. The chorus in this song is really good and the vocals sound great. Greg sounds amazing, as usual, his spot probably being my favorite part of the song. There's not much else to say. I'm excited for the re-recording of Ending is the Beginning, in all honesty.
9: We Have All Had Enough
This song starts with acoustic guitar. You read this right, it's a Suicide Silence
review and I just mentioned an acoustic guitar. I first thought it was an interlude or something like a break, but how wrong was I, the brutality returns and we have another repeat of the first 8 songs coming. See, it's hard to put this into words, the songs are good, but all way too similar. The musicianship is great, the vocals are outstanding, but it's the same song since track #2, considering the first one was an intro. This song sounds more of a filler than anything else, disappointing I'd say, from a band like this. I really don't wanna say Suicide Silence
sold out, but when bands have filler tracks it really doesn't give me a good impression. Great solo about halfway through the song, although it's very (no I mean, very) short, only to get right back into the same old formula. But this is the weird part, it's good. But repetitive.
I take that back. A small break leads into probably the heaviest breakdown of the entire album, with sick lows from Eddie.
But I was fooled, back to the same old same old.
10: Ending Is The Beginning (Rerecorded from Suicide Silence EP
Oh man. That
good ol' Suicide Silence EP
. So glad they took a song from there and brought it back for Eddie to put his own vocals on it. He sounds amazing and this re-recording sounds great because Eddie's vocals are better than they've been on the entire album. His lows sound wicked on this track and I'm really happy we get a glimpse of the brutality of old Suicide Silence
on this album. This is perfect. 10/10. I'm happy.
11: Don't Die
Second single off the album. Kicks off with a nice little riff and cue Eddie's brutal lows. After the greatness of track 10 we are back to the same to the repetitiveness that we had on the first 9 tracks. It's catchy, it's good, the guys are definitely very talented and this is great, but seriously, every song is the same thing. And
now I even repeat myself because I don't know what else to say.
This is the last track on the "normal" release of the album. There are 2 bonus tracks to follow. This one starts off soft, giving us a break, the music kicks in, giving us a very melodic side of Suicide Silence
. This song is actually somewhat different, the vocals are really the savior of this album. The song ends, and we hear spoken words, and the soft part from the beginning comes back and the album slowly dies out.
13: Blue Haze
Count-in and the music kicks right back off. This song will be heavy and fast paced, you can tell. But you know, it's just another song off this album. It could be track 9 for all I know, it's seriously all the same at this point. The good part of this song comes in at 3:04 when he says "Fuck it" and a nice little breakdown comes. I'm really excited for this to be over. It's good but I heard it 12 times already.
14: Last Breath
Well, not gonna lie, I don't listen to Hatebreed
. No need to tell me to, I can't get into them. So, who am I to judge their cover? It sounds good, yeah, but is it good if you compare with the original? I don't really know. The vocals are once again the good side and oh my that was short.
Musical skill: 7/10
Overall impact: 4/10
Tracks you should listen to: Control, Ending Is The Beginning, Ouroboros