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Suicide Silence: The Cleansing

Riverside California's Suicide Silence makes their debut for Century Media with their first full length release, The Cleansing. These guys have amassed quite a following for themselves since their self titled debut EP was released in 2005. With all the Metal subgenre's being bandied about these days The Cleansing has to fit in somewhere. Deathcore would be good description. There are elements of grind, death, metalcore all melded together on the opus. If you're into breakdowns, I mean REALLY into breakdowns, then this CD is right up your alley. As a matter of fact, there are probably too many breakdowns. The music is brutal and so are the vocals, which vocalist Mitch Lucker does a good job with. Lucker mixes it up nicely with the screeching higher pitched vocals intermingled with the more guttural, traditional death metal vocals. The problem here overall is that there just isn't anything very original or very exciting. Sure it's heavy, sure it's brutal, but so are a whole bunch other CD's that have come out recently. Problem is, there are so many young bands out there that are trying to jump on the "extreme" bandwagon that they're all starting to sound like the same bland boring hybrid. Unfortunately with The Cleansing, Suicide Silence falls right into the bland, boring same old, same old category. If you're into this type of music you can certainly listen to this CD and enjoy it for what it is, but don't expect anything to get overly excited about.

Track Listing
1. Revelations (Intro)
2. Unanswered
3. Hands Of A Killer
4. The Hands Of Beauty
5. The Fallen
6. No Pity For A Coward
7. The Disease
8. Bludgeoned To Death
9. Girl Of Glass
10. In A Photograph
11. Eyes Sewn Shut
12. Green Monster

Added: October 28th 2007
Reviewer: Ken Sanford
Related Link: Suicide Silence Website
Hits: 5488
Language: english

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Suicide Silence: The Cleansing
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-10-28 21:06:06
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Hard to believe all the hype, let alone first week album sales of the debut from Suicide Silence. This might be one of the most extreme metal albums to ever debut in the Billboard Top 100, no doubt helped by the bands mega-exposure on their My Space page as well as having a video banned by MTV and now plastered all over YouTube. Regardless of all this attention, the music on The Cleansing is pretty damn good, not overly original, but certainly well played brutal, technical, death-core. With rhythms that will satisfy any fan of early Fear Factory or Meshuggah, crushing guitar riffs, and vocals that cross every boundary of the extreme metal spectrum, Suicide Silence have put together one real scorching platter here. At times though, the songs tend to sound a tad too similar, the lyrics have a sort of "ok, we've tread down that road before feel", and the perfectly placed breakdowns seem all too familiar, but you have to give the guys credit for really trying to raise the bar on this sucker. Singer Mitch Lucker's a real find, as the guy goes from high pitched screams to blood curdling low death growls, to hardcore shouts, to black metal screeches, and I can certainly see him getting better. The guitar riffs are crunchy as all hell, with lots of complex fills and solos thrown in for good measure, and as mentioned the bass and drum work is very machine-like. Good work all around, and definitely a band to watch out for.

Oh, yeah, and wonderfully wicked cover art from Dave McKean helps round out this brutal package.

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Suicide Silence: The Cleansing
Posted by michael Salerno on 2007-11-07 10:20:50
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this is ;your best work yet i saw you guys live and you kicked ass if you were to have an other albums i hope it will be soon so rock on

Suicide Silence: The Cleansing
Posted by michael Salerno on 2007-11-07 10:18:48
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if you were to classify the band and its genre what would you put the band uder

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