Sound — 9
Suicide Silence have taken a technical leap forward while still retaining their deathcore roots with their most recent album, No Time to Bleed. Solos and melody lines are much more prevalent here than in The Cleansing, but still with a heaping dose of chugging mayhem. The album opens with 'Wake Up,' a chugging, nu-metal influenced deathcore anthem. It's not the strongest way to open an album by any means, but it leads well into 'Lifted,' a verifiable metal mindfuck with an ending reminiscent of 'No Pity For A Coward.' 'Smoke' starts off with its creepy, beer-can-touching-the-pickup noise before instantly giving you whiplash with its thrash metal verse section. The album continues with 'Something Invisible,' an Origin-influenced track that is no less aggressive than the rest of the album. I find it ironic that the title track would be one of the weakest on the album, but it happens. The ending breakdown, albeit cliche'd, is the song's only redeeming feature. The middle cuts of the album are where the album really starts to kick you in the pants. 'Suffer' segues excellently into the eerie ambient metal of '...and Then She Bled,' and 'Wasted,' although blatantly copying the main riff to 'Wake Up,' is actually a decent number after that bit. The album ends with a bigger bang than Pam & Tommy EVER had. 'Your Creations' starts off in a manner reminiscent of The Cleansing's songs in general, and builds up to a pounding breakdown that could make your grandmother headbang. 'Genocide' is cliche'd but brutal deathcore, and 'Disengage' brings in some of the metalcore influences, with some Norma Jean-esque minor 2nds. All in all, it's deathcore; if it's not your thing, you won't like it. If it is, it's one of the best albums of its kind.
Lyrics — 7
Mitch Lucker has strayed from his religious and political rants and focused more on his inner problems. On the first two tracks, he blasts substance abuse, blasts faith (in general, not necessarily religious) on 'Something Invisible,' and blasts modern man with hope for a future without self-destructive human beings in 'Disengage.' Mitch is still an extremely hateful person, and despite some lines being plain cheesy, manages to express his rage and dissent with the world in a somewhat poetic, metal context. Some would go to say that Mitch's vocals sound processed. The fact of the matter is, they are. But that's not a bad thing. It's a recorded album, not an album of the live nature. In recording a studio album in the genre of metal, the goal is to make the songs as heavy, as badass as possible. There's nothing wrong with adding overdubbed vocals or recording them in an unorthodox method if it adds to the power of the song, which in this case, it has in almost every instance.
Overall Impression — 8
It's still Suicide Silence, but now with some other influences being showcased, and with more technical guitar work. If you're an iTunes music buyer by the song, I'd suggest going with 'Lifted,' 'Wasted,' 'Your Creations,' and 'Disengage.' Again, it's deathcore. If it's not your thing, don't bother with it. If it is, check it out.