Suicide Silence is a band that has divided opinions, especially since the tragic death of frontman Mitch Lucker in late 2012, however, there is no doubting the resilience of this group.
Having smashed onto the scene in 2007 with ‘The Cleansing’, Suicide Silence were named Best New Talent at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards, as they really pushed the Deathcore genre and then 2009 saw the release of No Time To Bleed which continued their rise and was followed by The Black Crown the last album with Lucker.
There was a feeling however that this could not be the end and after a tribute show that saw the band is joined on stage by some of the biggest names in metal, Eddie Hermida joined the fold as the frontman and 2014 saw the release of You Can’t Stop Me, which gained a lot of attention and also showed that the band could continue in adversity and be respectful to the memory of Lucker whilst also forging ahead.
Now we have the second release with Hermida on vocal duty and as the album grows into the opener ‘Meltdown’ there is a feeling that this album is going to bring something special. As the anticipation builds and ’Two Steps’ lands, the choppy riffs take over immediately and a new slant on the Suicide Silence sound is experienced. To say it feels matured is disrespectful, however, it feels like this line up have found their sound and are happy with it.
The music continues to be heavy and primarily Deathcore based, however it feels heavier and carries a swagger that will please the original fans and also appeal to a new audience.
The vocals are powerful, aggressive and catchy as you soon find yourself screaming along with them whilst the drums are utterly pummelled and the guitars are lowdown and riffy creating overall aggression and sound that makes you want to throw down in the pit.
The 40 minutes are spread across 11 tracks and never cease to punish as Suicide Silence appears to have the recipe for their new sound and it looks like this is potentially the defining album of the band. From the off, this feels like a band that has found themselves whilst retaining Lucker in their DNA. Without Lucker there would be no Suicide Silence, however, Suicide Silence needs to remain to continue the Lucker legacy whilst also having their own identity and that is what Become The Hunter has done. For me, it is some of the finest work that has been released under the Suicide Silence heading and is something that everyone needs to experience.
Become The Hunter is released February 14th 2020 via Nuclear Blast.
- Two Steps
- Feel Alive
- Love Me To Death
- In Hiding
- Death’s Anxiety
- Skin Tight
- The Scythe
- Serene Obscene
- Disaster Valley
- Become The Hunter