SUICIDE SILENCE

"No Time to Bleed" (Century Media; 2009)

Reviewed by Jeff Rogers

Deathcore music isn't my first choice when reaching for a disc to spin, but I do like the music. It's heavy and brooding and downright vicious. The vocals are what turn me off but it's par for the nine iron upside your head so I'm down with it for as long as it takes to listen and write a review.

This is Suicide Silence's second disc and, unlike the lyrical content of their debut, "The Cleansing," released in 2007, they don't attack religion and politics as most bands in the Deathcore realm do. Although there are some disturbing lyrics on this devil-growling disc. One song, labeled "…and Then She Bled," is about the near fatal attack that happened with Travis the chimpanzee who attacked a lady in 2009 and did so much damage that she was a candidate for face transplant surgery. The song is music set to the 911 call; it will give you nightmares.

The guitar is like a battering ram and the drums are just as brain bruising. When a solo comes ripping in you feel the burn ignite the core and it fuels these guys to play even harder. There are two sets of screams going on for each song, high shrill screams and deep guttural growling which is supposed to appeal to death metal and metalcore fans. Force those two styles together and you get "Deathcore."

Suicide Silence: Mitch Lucker – vocals; Chris Garza – guitar; Mark Heylmun – guitar; Alex Lopez – drums; Dan Kenny – bass guitar.

For more information, check out http://www.suicidesilence.net.

Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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