Suicide Silence (album)

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Suicide Silence
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Studio album by Suicide Silence
Released February 24, 2017[1]
Recorded Late 2016
Genre Nu metal[2][3]
Length 44:13
Label Nuclear Blast
Producer Ross Robinson
Suicide Silence chronology
You Can't Stop Me
(2014)You Can't Stop Me2014
Suicide Silence
(2017)
Singles from Suicide Silence
  1. "Doris"
    Released: January 6, 2017[4]
  2. "Silence"
    Released: February 1, 2017[5]

Suicide Silence is the fifth studio album by metal band Suicide Silence, released on February 24, 2017 by Nuclear Blast. The album is a notable departure from their signature deathcore musical style, pursuing a more 1990s influenced nu metal sound. Critical reviews were mixed, while fan response was generally negative.

Background and musical style[edit]

The album shows a huge shift from the band's deathcore style that they're known for to a nu metal style reminiscent of bands such as Korn, Deftones and Coal Chamber.[6][7] The album was first announced to the public with headlines from coverage sites in December 2016 that the band claimed it would contain "mostly clean vocals", a vocal style that the band have largely avoided throughout most of their career.[8] Bassist Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez commented: "it’s the first time [vocalist Eddie Hermida] has ever been confident enough to do it, but Eddie’s always been a singer. There’s a lot of singing in it, there’s a lot of screaming in it, there’s a lot of everything in it… there’s melody in it.”[9]

Following this, the first single "Doris" was released with an overwhelming negative reaction from fans.[10]

The album's sound has been compared to bands such as Deftones and Korn,[11] as well as Mike Patton.[12][13]

Reception[edit]

Reviews[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Alternative Outfit7/10 stars[14]
Antihero magazine(favorable)[15]
Blabbermouth6/10 stars[16]
Cryptic Rock3/5 stars[12]
Exclaim!1/10 stars[2]
It Djents7/10 stars[17]
Metal Assault8/10 stars[18]
Metal Hammer2.5/5 stars[19]
Metal Injection6/10 stars[3]
MetalSucks3.5/5 stars[20]

The album has received mixed reviews from critics. Joe Smith-Engelhardt of Exclaim! gave the album a 1/10 review, comparing it to "a garage band sloppily covering Korn and Deftones through a microphone they found in a dumpster".[2] Rock Sound were also critical of the change in direction, claiming that the band had "shed the very thing that made them great",[21] as were Metal Hammer, who found the band's decision "bewildering".[19] Ghost Cult magazine called the album "a complete disaster", awarding it a score of 3 out of 10.[22]

More positive feedback came from MetalSucks, who saw the album as "a weird art-metal album" comparable to Metallica's similarly controversial Lulu or St. Anger albums. While asserting that "Suicide Silence have never sounded this genuinely deranged", writer Axl Rosenberg summarized the record by saying that "I’m not sure that Suicide Silence is a great record, but it’s certainly a good one, and it took balls to make it".[20] Rock Sins gave the album 9 out of 10, writing, "This feels like the album they should be making at this stage in their career".[23]

Metal Injection also gave the album a positive review, writing, "Their determination to create the art they want is noble, and in time we can hope that the band builds upon this new direction, and bring Suicide Silence back with a powerful, emotional, and individually unique voice."[3] Antihero magazine called the album "fantastic".[15] It Djents gave the album 7 out of 10, writing "it’s an interesting, bumpy ride".[17] Metal Assault gave the album 8 out of 10, writing, "I wish more bands would follow this blueprint and make music true to their hearts and not what the fans are always wanting to hear."[18]

The Alternative Outfit gave the album 7 out of 10, writing, "the band have put out an album they should be proud of."[14] Metal Trenches awarded the album a score of 8.3, writing "While it may not pack the aggressive grooves and growls of the band's early work, I think it is the best move they could have made at this point in their career."[13]

In a mixed review from Blabbermouth, the site wrote, "Whether you like this album or you're one of the many casting digital stones, we've hit a repulsive point of no return." [16] Cryptic Rock called the album a miscalculation, writing "In their best moments, Suicide Silence have inklings of a heavier Korn or Deftones, but the flawed production and lack of overall cohesion kills any attempt they have made at musical evolution", awarding it 3 out of 5.[12]

While Strife Magazine gave the album an unfavorable review, they said that the band did not deserve the fan backlash it received over the album, writing, "this album felt very experimental, like the band wanted to take a different creative route but still felt tied down to the fact that their genre is ‘deathcore’."[24]

Fans' reactions[edit]

The album's musical style and clean singing have received a largely negative reception from fans.[25] Fan backlash to Suicide Silence's perceived drastic change in musical style was overwhelming, to the point that a Change.org petition calling for the album's release to be halted amassed over 5,000 signatures from disgruntled fans.[26]

Loudwire, interviewing the band, noted that the Wikipedia article for the album was frequently vandalized.[27]

Cannibal Corpse frontman George Fisher criticized the backlash toward the album's use of clean vocals, saying, "obviously, fans are the lifeblood of this music, [...] But it doesn’t give you the right to talk like you know Mitch, like ‘oh, Mitch is rolling in his grave, with you guys doing clean vocals.’ How the fuck do you know?"[25]

Sales[edit]

First week sales for the album were 4,650 copies in the United States, which was 69% less than first week sales of their previous album You Can't Stop Me.[28]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Suicide Silence.

No.TitleLength
1."Doris"4:28
2."Silence"4:40
3."Listen"5:32
4."Dying in a Red Room"4:45
5."Hold Me Up, Hold Me Down"5:18
6."Run"4:25
7."The Zero"4:53
8."Conformity"5:53
9."Don't Be Careful, You Might Hurt Yourself"4:20
Total length:44:13

Personnel[edit]

Suicide Silence

Production

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[29] 78
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[30] 98
US Billboard 200[31] 163
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[32] 7
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[33] 30

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SUICIDE SILENCE: New Album Track Listing, Cover Artwork, Release Date Unveiled". Blabbermouth.net. December 27, 2016. Retrieved December 27, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c Smith-Engelhardt, Joe (22 February 2017). "Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence". Exclaim!. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c http://www.metalinjection.net/reviews/suicide-silence-suicide-silence
  4. ^ "New Song Premiere: Suicide Silence's 'Doris'". Blabbermouth.net. January 6, 2017. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ Hartmann, Graham (February 2, 2017). "Suicide Silence Release 'Silence,' Fan Backlash Intensifies". Loudwire. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ https://www.allmusic.com/album/suicide-silence-2017-mw0003026932
  7. ^ Hartmann, Graham (January 13, 2017). "Suicide Silence Producer Ross Robinson on 'Doris' Backlash". Loudwire. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ https://www.altpress.com/news/entry/suicide_silence_reveal_new_album_will_be_mostly_clean_vocals
  9. ^ Pasbani, Robert (16 December 2016). "SUICIDE SILENCE Confirm New Album Will Be 70% Clean Vocals". Metal Injection. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  10. ^ Pasbani, Robert (January 6, 2017). "SUICIDE SILENCE Post New Song, "Doris," And Yes, There Is Clean Singing (In The Chorus)". Metal Injection. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  11. ^ Rosenberg, Axl (January 6, 2017). "Listen to Suicide Silence's New Single, "Doris"". Metal Sucks. Retrieved February 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b c http://crypticrock.com/suicide-silence-suicide-silence-album-review/
  13. ^ a b https://metaltrenches.com/reviews/tee-hees-on-trial-824
  14. ^ a b https://thealternativeoutfit.com/home/2017/2/22/album-review-suicide-silence-suicide-silence
  15. ^ a b http://www.antiheromagazine.com/album-review-suicide-silence-suicide-silence/
  16. ^ a b http://www.blabbermouth.net/cdreviews/suicide-silence/
  17. ^ a b http://www.itdjents.com/reviews-2/review-suicide-silence-suicide-silence/
  18. ^ a b http://metalassault.com/album_reviews/2017/02/15/suicide-silence-self-titled/
  19. ^ a b Hill, Stephen (24 February 2017). "Suicide Silence - Suicide Silence album review". Metal Hammer. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  20. ^ a b Rosenberg, Axl (17 February 2017). "Suicide Silence's Suicide Silence: The MetalSucks Review". MetalSucks. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  21. ^ Sayce, Rob (23 February 2017). "SUICIDE SILENCE - 'SUICIDE SILENCE'". Rock Sound. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  22. ^ http://www.ghostcultmag.com/album-review-suicide-silence-suicide-silence-self-titled-nuclear-blast/
  23. ^ Crampton, Simon (9 February 2017). "Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence (Self Titled)". Rock Sins. Retrieved 24 February 2017. 
  24. ^ https://www.strifethemagazine.com/newsfeed/album-review-suicide-silence-suicide-silence
  25. ^ a b http://www.metalsucks.net/2017/10/16/cannibal-corpses-george-corpsegrinder-fisher-to-suicide-silence-haters-fuck-you/amp/
  26. ^ DiVita, Joe (6 February 2017). "Petition Launched to Prevent New Suicide Silence Album". Loudwire. Retrieved 27 March 2017. 
  27. ^ http://loudwire.com/suicide-silence-wikipedia-fact-or-fiction/
  28. ^ http://www.metalinjection.net/its-just-business/record-sales/ouch-suicide-silences-experimental-new-album-sells-70-less-than-previous-release
  29. ^ "ARIA CHART WATCH #410". auspOp. March 4, 2017. Retrieved March 4, 2017. 
  30. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Suicide Silence – Suicide Silence" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved March 3, 2017.
  31. ^ "Suicide Silence Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  32. ^ "Suicide Silence Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2017.
  33. ^ "Suicide Silence Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved March 7, 2017.