SUICIDE SILENCE - THE CLEANSING - CENTURY MEDIA
California newcomers Suicide Silence is an all-out brutal band with loads of heavy moshing riffs, screechy guitars, deep vocals and speed to spare. Good thing the CD did not end up in the trusty dustbin then because after reading that The Cleansing was produced by some guy who had worked with Static-X there didn’t seem much of a reason to listen to it. Similarly, it is interesting to note the record label and band’s insistence that Suicide Silence “refuses to be pigeonholed into any specific genre” because this is very a one-dimensional brutal death metal onslaught - which is a good thing - without any hints of hardcore, doom or black metal as the biography claims. Granted the lyrics might be Satanic, but for a band like this to insist it is diverse is preposterous.
The good news though comes courtesy of the mad riffing, heavy as hell tone and the dual vocals that alternate between growls and howls of death. The sound is full and packed with punch. The addition of slamming slow parts simply accentuates the blasts of power without ever taking over the nature of The Cleansing. The guy on the cover might as well have swallowed one of the band’s compositions. - Anna Tergel
SUICIDE SILENCE - NO TIME TO BLEED - CENTURY MEDIA
Fuckin’ eh, again with the ridiculous breakdowns. Just as I was sitting here thinking we’d all clamor that Suffocation had been rejuvenated had this been its latest record (as opposed to the mediocre Blood Oath), Suicide Silence brings in those massive - and massively annoying - break-downs designed to rile the circle pit into a hulking, kung-fu fighting mess; if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you haven’t been to enough shows. No Time To Bleed (a not-so-oblique reference to all the touring this band has done?) is essentially a continuation of '07’s hot seller The Cleansing and, much like that record and its identity crisis, No Time To Bleed would go from acceptable to sort of good if the core elements were removed entirely. There’s a fuckload of potential being wasted here in the pursuit of emo hair, and that’s just a shame. - James Tape