Suicide Silence, boasting a brutal death metal/metalcore sound, has been making a name for itself on the metal scene over the last couple of years. A hectic touring schedule has won the band fans from all over the globe. The quintet from California (Mitch Lucker – Vocals, Chris Garza – Guitar, Mark Heylmun – Guitar, Dan Kenny – Bass and Alex Lopez – Drums) released their first full-length album, The Cleansing, in 2007 and has followed up with No Time to Bleed, released on 30 June 2009 under Century Media Records. In a time when metal is gaining in popularity and the market is over laden with bands, musicians are required to work harder than ever to prove their worth. Suicide Silence refuses to be pigeonholed into any genre of metal and, with the support of an extensive underground following, is in the process of carving its own little corner in a currently thriving industry.
The Cleansing was the band introducing itself – saying “LOOK OVER HERE!” in capital letters with an exclamation mark, and the aggressive sound, visuals and lyrics of the album ensured that metalheads certainly looked. The Price of Beauty, featured on The Cleansing, contains such explicit lyrical content that it was banned from the MTV play list. If there ever was a way to get a metalhead’s attention, it is to prohibit something – ‘shock tactics’ is a tool that the alternative sect is well versed in the use of. The violence of the lyrics in the aforementioned song is enhanced by the band’s violent sound, which comprises of fast-paced double bass drumming, and guitaring that is equally breakneck. Who said that metal was ever about easy listening? No Time to Bleed reflects a maturing band that now needs to prove its staying power. In Suffer, Lucker explains “A ruthless cleansing has already begun and it’s time to move on” – an indication that the band has left behind the inclinations of their previous album in a bid to embrace what they hope will be a more developed and more gut-wrenching sound. Lucker has momentarily abandoned his political and religious rampage in favour of introspective lyrical content that draws on the singer’s own experiences. The vocalist does have a penchant for the repetitive, which seems to compliment his Danny Filthesque high pitched screaming: the brain-numbing monotony of which is intercepted with some guttural growls. The lyrical iteration is often times inherent in the band’s musical composition – after all, Suicide Silence is clearly trying to make a point and a little brainwashing by repetition never hurt anyone.
A great deal of hype has been created around Suicide Silence, which recently won the “Best New Talent” Award at the inaugural Revolver Golden Gods Awards. The band is undoubtedly consistent in its sound as well as its dedication to winning over new fans yet, two albums later, whether or not the band is the next ‘big thing’ is still up for debate.
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