A great step back to their more traditional output

Choosing to leave 90% of their fan base out in the cold and create an album more befitting the style of music Suicide Silence themselves enjoyed in their youth – taking influence from the likes of Deftones, Korn and nu-metal era Slipknot, bringing in producer de rigeur of the time Ross Robinson – led to their 2017 self-titled release being a confusing mishmash of sounds that those who expect a certain sound from a band found themselves lost in. It wasn’t all bad, just directionless.

With Become the Hunter,  Suicide Silence are out to seek forgiveness from a once loyal fan base pushed one step too far.  Holding onto the suspense as long as possible, the band use the age old intro track technique with Meltdown rolling ominously out with a low string drone that builds into a great live set opening tune. Two Steps gets things underway properly, and it is fair to say they know they have a lot of work to do to win back fans and are wasting no time getting the job done with a track that displays why this Suicide Silence were once deathcore’s top dogs.

And so the scene is set for the rest of the album.  The band are out to prove something, and prove it they will from some of the highest pitched screaming Eddie has ever done on Love Me to Death to the pockets of blast beasts thrown throughout the album.  There are still places where they are willing to experiment such as Skin Tight‘s use of a haunting guitar melody and vocals that sound like they were recorded with the microphone in another room, or the Middle Eastern acoustic intro of Serene Obscene.  This is the kind of incremental experimentation most acts would usually attempt before launching headlong into an album such as this band’s last one.

Overall the path to redemption always begins with the first step, and if you were ever a fan of this band, this is a great step back to their more traditional output, with subtle adjustments thrown in for musical interest.  Become the Hunter will make any fan of deathcore happy, and continue to keep those that don’t like it at arms length.

 

  1. Meltdown
  2. Two Steps
  3. Feel Alive
  4. Love Me to Death
  5. In Hiding
  6. Deaths Anxiety
  7. Skin Tight
  8. The Scythe
  9. Serene Obscene
  10. Disaster Valley
  11. Become the Hunter