You Can't Stop Me
Nuclear Blast Records/Universal Music Australia
Reviewed By Rahul Menon
Suicide Silence is back and they are going to crush you
Suicide Silence are back with their highly anticipated fourth album, You Can't Stop Me. If you're familiar with the band, you know that they have gone through an incredibly hard time with the loss of their front man Mitch Lucker in 2012. About a year later they recruited Hernan 'Eddie' Herminda of All Shall Perish fame to take over vocal duites, and the band’s return live performance was at Soundwave Festival 2014. The band had just three albums before this - but the sheer awesomeness of their music makes them a really important band in the deathcore/death metal scene.
A majestic intro starts the album and the first song, "Inherit the Crown", absolutely crushes you. It’s traditional Suicide Silence at their best - crushing riffs, blast beats, demonic growls, and grooves which make you go absolutely nuts. Normally when you think about a deathcore band you instantly think of brutal breakdowns everywhere, but Suicide Silence do it differently. Yes you have killer breakdowns in the album, but the best part about them is that their music is intelligent. It's not a festival of breakdowns one after the other. You have catchy riffs, ripping solos, brilliant drumming, vocals which alternate between high pitch screeches to deathly low growls, and a nice fat bass tone to hold everything together. Songs like "Cease to Exist", "Control" featuring George 'Corpsegrinder' Fisher of Cannibal Corpse, and "Warrior" demonstrate the band’s ability perfectly.
"Sacred Words" is an epic track - with that intro alone you know that the song can't go wrong. When you listen to that song you can immediately see yourself in a circle pit going nuts, or just head banging till your head falls off. That melody provides just the right amount of breathing space and that incredible epic feel. "You Can't Stop Me" also has this epic feel, and as the title suggests - this song live, it is going to be an anthem.
Coming to the individual performances of the members - everyone is right up there. They all seem to seamlessly blend together and the result is fantastic. The guitars, courtesy Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun, are fabulous – fiery and catchy riffs, some ripper solos, and the overall vibe is filled with intensity and rage. Dan Kenny on bass is very relevant - he has some standout parts in the album and I always say it is super important to have the bass player stand out and do his thing rather than just filling in. Drummer Alex Lopez is blessed with great skill and a mind of creativity. The drums never get boring; they are technical but at the same time not at all over bearing with too many blasts or any sort of hammering. It is fluid. Finally, vocalist Eddie – friggin’ brilliant. I have always loved his work and on this album he is stellar. His voice is incredibly dynamic and there is so much variety - variety with different styles of growls. The lyrics are filled with anger and rage - the band is clearly sending a message as well - case in point is the track "Monster Within" which features Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan/Killer Be Killed.
My favourite track on the album is "We Have All Had Enough" - a beautiful acoustic beginning which quickly progresses to an incredible Gojira-esque riff. What a track! It’s so aggressive and Eddie screaming "We Have All Had Enough" is so friggin’ good. Then towards the end of the song come the breakdowns. If this song doesn't make you move - nothing in the world will. I can clearly see crowds going absolutely nuts for this song - it will be absolutely fabulous live! The tracks "Ending is the Beginning" and "Don't Die" have some massive breakdowns as well. The album comes to a close with "Ouroboros" which is a really progressive track that alternates between acoustic parts and some really heavy riffs and breakdowns. A brilliant way to end the album, absolutely huge!
On the whole, this is a MUST HAVE album for fans of deathcore/death metal. You are going to be 100% happy with the album, and they have done justice to everything that the band is about. Suicide Silence is back, and they are going to crush you. Buy this album, right now!