I'm feeling a little bit like maybe I have glanced over the genre of deathcore too quickly. So to hell with it, I decided to listen to a full deathcore album and review it. Why
have I picked Suicide Silence
? Well, being a guy who has bought from CM Distro before, I've seen sooooooo many ads showcasing Century
Media's newly signed band shoved in my face that their logo has been burned into my retinas. Not only that, but whenever deathcore comes up Suicide Silence
and Bring Me The Horizon
are mentioned right away, along with a bunch of 13-year olds talking about how TTLY FOOKIN BROOTAL the music is. I have already heard one Suicide Silence
song off a Century
Media Demo I was sent that was promoting new albums, bands, etc. The song was Wake Up
, and.. well...
GENERIC. GENERIC, GENERIC, GENERIC.
I really want to say something witty about how dull the song was, but words just couldn't describe it. But then I said hey, maybe I just heard the wrong song from this band. After all, my first Dimmu Borgir
song was Puritania, and I loathed it... but now I like Dimmu's first two albums. So I said to myself, well, it can't be any worse than this, right? The song is called 'Wake Up
' for fuck's sake. I know at least 5 other bands that have a song with the same title. So maybe this was just a mosh-pit fodder song, and the real appeal (hehe, it rhymes) of Suicide Silence
lies in their other songs.
So, I get a hold of the album. Let's take a look at the track listing...
IS THE FIRST FRIGGIN SONG.
no. Everyone knows that unless the first song is an introduction, the first song is the 'hooker'; the song to get the audience into the album. If Wake Up
is the first song... oh God
do I really wanna hear the rest of this?
After Wake Up
ends, we get a song called 'Lifted' which opens with a little interlude (maybe this shoulda been the first song, no?) and all I can think is "y'know, this sounds really uninspired to me" and then the song kicks in and before long, you get a few dull riffs with the vocalist shouting his head off in the most tired-out, overused way you can think of. The vocalist goes from a Cradle of Filth
scream to a Cannible Corpse
growl, (as if we've never heard that sort of combination before) and not that he's a bad singer, he's just an uninteresting vocalist. Then the song moves into the CHUGGING. Oh fantastic. NOW
I feel that this band is SUPER unique. I can feel the originality just DRIPPING FROM IT. To make it worse, there are a bunch of terrible guitar sweeps pooped randomly into the song. As the album continues, you're hit with a barrage of drums, (probably the best thing on the album) chugging guitars that really don't do much of anything that's interesting, and cookie-cutter assembly-line extreme metal vocals that I have heard WAAAAAAY too many times before. The odd solo-ey riff is thrown in there JUST BECAUSE, the bass guitar might as well be played by a man with no arms (I can't even hear the damn thing) and the whole album comes off as so standard that by the time I'm at the third song, I'm bored.
so the album goes on. And
on, and on. For close to FORTY MINUTES. The only song that's distinguishable by the end is an instrumental called ...And
Then She Bled (nice song name, guys. And
Then I Turned Off
my CD Player) Even this song is dull. It's better than the other songs, sure, but only because it VARIES from the other songs. It's slower, for one thing, (the only other song that's slow-ish on here is Disengage
) and it involves a recording of a woman yelling/talking... she's saying something about witnessing a murder... and it's accompanied with mindless plodding on the guitar. And
then it's over... and GUESS WHAT?
A whole shitload of the same stuff that I heard before the instrumental came on. That
's the whole album for you. I don't need to go into a song-by-song explanation or even mention any more songs. Yeah, the songs are that interchangeable.
See, the major problem with Suicide Silence
(from what I can tell from this album) is they try too hard to be TTLY FOOKIN BROOTAL without substance or anything deeper than mosh-pit music, and all they have to show for it is being boring. There's just nothing anywhere in the music that stands out to me or says "Now that's sorta interesting". This album is just SO unmemorable and SO monotonous and (I just can't put enough emphasis on this one) GENERIC. Another thing is they seem to hide behind a wall of sound that prevents the average listener from distinguishing one part from another. And
even if you concentrate on say, the guitars, all you hear is CHUGGA-CHUGGA-CHOO-CHOO riffs and simple, SIMPLE chord progressions. There are a few breakdowns, but even those are uninspired and dull.
I'm sorry, but I don't see Suicide Silence
as anything above being some band that's made just for people who stnad around goin' "OH THAT'S SO FUCKING EXTREME THEY'RE SO HEAVYYYYYY!" I have to say, Suicide Silence
being like 75% of the modern extreme metal bands out there does NOT make them heavy. Chugging does not make them heavy. Making a half-assed album that sounds like it's fresh off the assembly line doesn't make them heavy. And
I can't feel like a band is extreme at all when I'm bored to death when I'm listening to it. Look, I love heavy music, but this is just so run-of-the-mill that it agonizes me to listen to the whole CD. Lastly, I think they're good musicians, but TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE songwriters. I give them 4 points for having a fancy drummer. I don't know about the rest of the deathcore genre, but these guys are worthless.