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PostSubject: Suicide Silence - The Cleansing [Album Review]   Sun Feb 05, 2012 3:36 am

The Cleansing by Suicide Silence

Reviewed by ZXoftheDarkness on July 14th 2011
Reposted on February 4th 2012

Album Artwork:
Genre - Death Core / Heavy Metal / Extreme Metal / Thrash Metal

Music Staff:

Suicide Silence
Chris Garza – rhythm guitar
Mitch Lucker – lead vocals
Mark Heylmun – lead guitar
Alex Lopez – drums
Mike Bodkins – bass guitar

Additional musicians
Nate Johnson - guest vocals on "Destruction of a Statue"

Produced and engineered by John Travis
Sub-engineering by Richard Robinson
Mixed and Mastered by Tue Madsen at Antfarm Studio, Denmark
Recorded at King Size Soundlabs, Los Angeles, CA
Art illustration and design by Dave McKean

Introduction: This will tear you apart sideways... I love these guys, they aren't that original, but damn are they heavy, I love this style of music, I know quite a few people don't like it, but you should really get into it, it's great music to go moshing to, absolutely intense and adrenaline pumping. However, while these guys may be awesome, they can be rather generic sometimes, as quite a few songs sound nearly the same, it really brings these guys down from being a top notch death core band. However this was their first album and they still had a lot to learn. Let's go into a track by track review.

Song Titles:

1."Revelations (Intro)" 0:33
2."Unanswered" 2:15
3."Hands of a Killer" 4:14
4."The Price of Beauty" 2:45
5."The Fallen" 4:07
6."No Pity for a Coward" 3:11
7."The Disease" 4:22
8."Bludgeoned to Death" 2:35
9."Girl of Glass" 2:52
10."In a Photograph" 4:32
11."Eyes Sewn Shut" 2:58
12."Green Monster" 5:49
13."Destruction of a Statue" (hidden track)3:44

Track 1: Revelations (Intro):
An intro leading into the first track, not a song. Still kinda cool though.
Track Rating: N/A

Track 2: Unanswered:
"WHERE IS YOUR FUCKING GOD?!" When these lyrics blare in your face you will go nuts, it's like this track was made to force feed adrenaline down your throat, holy damn I was headbanging in my room while listening to this. This song is nothing but amazing high and low screams with blistering guitar and drums. I have to say I enjoyed the vocals the best on this song, they really get you pumping, in combination with the great guitar as well. Definitely a recommended track.
Track Rating: 8.9/10 (Very Good)

Track 3: Hands of a Killer:
Killer drums and guitars in the introduction, however the vocals don't really go with the song in my opinion, which kills it for me, this song does have some nice flow though.
Track Rating: 7.5/10 (Good)

Track 4: The Price of Beauty:
"Holding you down by your throat, just enough to keep your fucking mouth shut, can’t stand to hear you scream god, because he's not fucking here." As you can tell, the singer is raging like crazy, they all do a really good job in this song, however the drums are the biggest stand out in this song, as they carry the song up on its own. The only complaint I have about this song is about halfway in the riffs get generic for a bit and that's why this song isn't that much of a blood pumper for me.
Track Rating: 7.7/10 (Good)

Track 5: The Fallen:
Cool title, not cool song. Too generic, not enough experimentation was done, they played it too safe.
Track Rating: 4.9/10 (Below Average)

Track 6: No Pity for a Coward:
Starts off interesting and speedy as hell, but then dissolves into something generic.
Track Rating: 5.1/10 (Average)

Track 7: The Disease:
Hell yes, speed, with originality in the riffs, classic death metal style drums combined with pretty damn harsh lyrics and some speedy guitar work. I have to say, I really enjoyed the alteration of the vocals in this, usually the vocalist alters between high and low styles of screaming, but he incorporated some slight cleans into this song, however not that much to make it stand out as a perfectly good song. It's pretty awesome.
Track Rating: 8.6/10 (Very Good)

Track 8: Bludgeoned to Death:
Moar generic songs plox.
Track Rating: 5.2/10 (Average)

Track 9: Girl of Glass:
Pretty sick riffs, not much else, however I like the addition of the breakdowns, as they weren't the usual copy paste ones from the core genre's, they were pretty intense and showed some originality. Decent song.
Track Rating: 7.6/10 (Good)

Track 10: In a Photograph:
Really great guitars, again, more classic death metal style drums, however I felt the bland vocal work in this song dragged it down to a lower rating. It could have been better.
Track Rating: 7.4/10 (Good)

Track 11: Eyes Sewn Shut:
I want to mosh to this song... really badly.... This is a great adrenaline pumper. The drums are even faster than before, the guitar is in your face and his vocals make you want to scream out of sheer blood and intensity. However, all is not perfect with this song, they use the same similar riff style, however the occasional thrown in bass solo's are really nice.
Track Rating: 7.9/10 (Good)

Track 12: Green Monster:
Long and rather annoyingly generic, however the drums save it from being completely average.
Track Rating: 6.4/10 (Above Average)

Track 13: Destruction of a Statue:
A death core melody... Strange? Fuck no, this song is brutal as hell, the guest vocalist was pretty spot on, as the vocals were definitely a highlight of this song along with the guitars. Easily the best song on the album, this is the kind of song that would get on the news for something like this "teenager killed in brutal mosh pit". This song shows some of the potential they have.
Track Rating: 9.0/10 (Amazing)

Overall Album Rating:
6.63 (Above Average)

Final Words:
While generic, this album can get really damn brutal at times, worth checking out.


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