SUICIDE SILENCE — The Black Crown (review)

SUICIDE SILENCE — The Black Crown album cover Album · 2011 · Deathcore Buy this album from MMA partners
1.5/5 ·
Since Suicide Silence's first two albums aren't to be found on Grooveshark, I must make do with their latest helping: 'The Black Crown'.

Suicide Silence's expertise seems to be slower paced deathcore with a certain amount to technicality. "Slaves to Substance" and "O.C.D." seem like prolonged breakdowns though the former does have some interesting melodic feel to it. The third song "Human Violence" is an example of this band playing faster than normal. It's obviously not by very much.

Looking particularly at the music in the song "Fuck Everything", you can really see how inane the riffing is. The chugging is annoying, but it's what this band is apparently know for.

Songs seven through nine feature guest vocals. The first one, "Witness the Addiction", has Jonathan Davis from Korn. He's featured on a clean vocal section near the two minute mark of the song. Unfortunately, it's the best part of the song, because the music also takes up a melodic stance. It repeats around the 4:30 mark to attempt to keep things interesting.

The next is "Cross-Eyed Catastrophe". Here we have Alexia Rodriguez from mall-core band Eyes Set to Kill doing some clean back round "ehhh"s. She does sings actual lyrics for a line at the 2:12 mark. Much less interesting than the song with Jonathan Davis.

The third of these songs is "Smashed", with Frank Mullen of Suffocation on guest vox. Thank god this song is faster, otherwise this would have been very boring. Frank's first section is at the 0:22 mark. He ends some lines already sang by resident vocalist Mitch Lucker and in places, screams together with him. The song as a whole starts out interesting, but gets less so as the song goes on until it finally ends with a stupid breakdown.

As the remaining two songs play out, some anomalies in the otherwise boring deathcore slowness includes the inclusion of acoustic guitar on "The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart" and one more fast, yet still uninteresting song titled "Cancerous Skies".

Suicide Silence had a pretty bad rep in the past, and their 2011 offering does little to influence me to discharge the detractors. The Black Crown is no crown jewel.
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Aaaah, Suicide Silence, the other OTHER band my Emmure friend wanted me to listen to.

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