The Black Crown

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The Black Crown
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Studio album by Suicide Silence
Released July 12, 2011
Recorded 2011 at The Omen Room Studios, Garden Grove, California
Length 39:24
Label Century Media, Nuclear Blast
Producer Steve Evetts
Suicide Silence chronology
No Time to Bleed
The Black Crown
You Can't Stop Me
Singles from The Black Crown
  1. "Human Violence"
    Released: May 13, 2011
  2. "You Only Live Once"
    Released: May 27, 2011
  3. "Slaves to Substance"
    Released: June 28, 2011
  4. "Fuck Everything"
    Released: October 8, 2011

The Black Crown is the third full-length album by deathcore band Suicide Silence, which was released July 12, 2011 through Century Media Records. It is the final album to feature vocalist Mitch Lucker, who died on November 1, 2012.

With anticipation for their third full-length after the release of No Time to Bleed, Suicide Silence prepared recording for The Black Crown on a course of several months starting from the beginning of 2010 with writing ideas and plans before their arrival to the studio for recording in 2011. The album was produced by Steve Evetts.

Lyrical themes[edit]

Vocalist Mitch Lucker revealed that the controversial anti-religious lyrics that were included on Suicide Silence's previous albums would not be included on The Black Crown.[4] When asked by Kerrang!, Lucker revealed that the album's lyrical themes would feature more of the personal topics that No Time to Bleed had in-concept. Lucker explained: "I'm not trying to put people's beliefs down - it's about me and my life. This is my head cracked open and poured on the paper! I still have the same beliefs and same views, but I'm more open to everything," he adds. "At this point in my life, I don't see the good in making people hate you for something you say. This record is for everybody."[4]

Cover artwork[edit]

The cover for The Black Crown was designed by Ken "K3N" Adams, who designs the artwork for Lamb of God albums as well as many other artists such as Coheed and Cambria and 88 Fingers Louie.[5] The Black Crown was released in several editions such as the standard cd, Vinyl (Limited to 1000), Deluxe Edition Box Set, Digipak Limited Edition, Hot topic version, and a picture disc.


Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [7]
Metal Underground 3/5 stars[8]
Rock Sound 7/10[3]
Thrash Hits 5/6 stars[9]
Under the Gun 4/10 [10]

Garnering positive reviews, The Black Crown was praised by Rock Sound earning a 7 out of 10 rating with a review headline reading "There's no more of that deathcore monotony from Suicide Silence..." and went on further to state "blastbeats and breakneck discordant technicality aren’t lacking on the five-piece’s third LP, but nor are they over-prescribed. In fact, to the group’s merit, there’s very little outright and over-used death metal fury, instead it’s partially replaced by modern metal ambiguities and churning, lengthy breaks."[3]

Metal Underground stated "What really makes 'The Black Crown' a worthy listen and elevates it above the dime-a-dozen dreck of today’s deathcore" coupled with the statement "All the familiar elements that make this band are present in spades."[8]

Diminuendo gave much praise to the album, giving the album a rating in amplifier attenuation of 8 out of 11. The held the statement; "Coarse with rapid fret board shred, Suicide Silence does not fail to bewilder fans with mind-blowing disharmony you'll always remember, and pinch harmonics you wish you could forget. The Black Crown demonstrates that deathcore does possess musical merit."[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mitch Lucker; all music composed by Suicide Silence.

No. Title Length
1. "Slaves to Substance" 3:28
2. "O.C.D." 3:19
3. "Human Violence" 3:48
4. "You Only Live Once" 3:13
5. "Fuck Everything" 4:34
6. "March to the Black Crown" 1:30
7. "Witness the Addiction" (featuring Jonathan Davis of Korn) 5:32
8. "Cross-Eyed Catastrophe" (featuring Alexia Rodriguez of Eyes Set to Kill) 3:25
9. "Smashed" (featuring Frank Mullen of Suffocation) 3:06
10. "The Only Thing That Sets Us Apart" 4:10
11. "Cancerous Skies" 3:14
Total length: 39:24


Charts Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 28
U.S. Billboard Rock Albums 7
U.S. Billboard Independent Albums 6
U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Albums 3



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