Sound — 9
Suicide Silence is new to me. I heard them on a friends computer, the track was called "Unanswered" and it was so god damn brutal I had to ask, "Who is this?" and the answer was Suicide Silence. I went to see them at Mayhem festival in Camden, NJ only knowing 3 of their songs from the Cleansing (2007). They were great live, Mitch Lucker (vocals) kept pouring Rockstar (not water)into his hair and head banging so hard I'm surprised he didn't get whiplash. They seemed like a regular hardcore band at first, but I had to listen to the album more than once to appreciate the subtlety of their technical style of drumming and guitar work. there's a lot of skill both musically and vocally that they present on the new album. Suicide Silence are a very diverse band and they are worth your time if Hardcore and death metal interest you as a listener.
Lyrics — 10
The lyrics and the music go hand in hand. Deathcore is the name of the genre and the lyrics they use involve anti-religion, violence and the hatred of a false society. Here are some examples of lyrics they use: "Seconds from the end, what's it gonna be?... pull the trigger bitch" (No Pity For A Coward) and other tracks like Bludgeoned to Death have brutal lyrics. Mitch Lucker has some amazing talent and diversity so far as his screaming talent goes. he's just a brutal mofo with talented musicians to back his performance.
Overall Impression — 10
The Cleansing so far doesn't bear any comparrison to any bands I've heard in a while. The stand outs in terms of song individuality are as follows; No Pity For A Coward, Unanswered, The Disease and Eyes Sewn Shut. I love the brutality of it through a metal listeners ears. it's fast paced and has breakdowns where you least expect it. The hardcore will be something even mainstream metal heads may appreciate. I don't hate a thing. Hell yeah I would definetly buy it again... brutal as hell and epic to the ears.