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Imagine a high-speed bullet train in the throes of a 275 mph run as it suddenly makes a sharp turn without a single second to slow down. That's the sound of Suicide Silence. It's not so much the noise from Japan's famous Shinkansen trains that's analogous with the Southern California heavy metal institution, a band that has both defined and defied subgenre classifications over the course of four incredible albums. No, what Suicide Silence has in common with the bullet train is the breakneck intensity, the fearless acceleration, and the no-nonsense efficiency.
Like monumental self-titled sets from trailblazers like Metallica, Fleetwood Mac, Blur, and the Beatles, the latest album from Suicide Silence is a bold mission statement awaiting true definition by the fans. They didn't set out to sell a billion albums or change the musical culture of the world, but their fifth record is no less ambitious and transformative for them in unbridled creativity, dense atmosphere, and groove. The band enlisted producer Ross Robinson, who similarly helped summon career-defining albums by Slipknot, Korn, At The Drive-In, Sepultura, Glassjaw, and From First To Last. Joe Barresi, best known for his work with Tool, Queens Of The Stone Age, Slipknot, Fu Manchu, Kyuss, and Bad Religion, expertly mixed Suicide Silence.
The result is a record that's simultaneously raw and intimate, brutal and powerful, from the ripper attack of album opener "Doris," with a jarring sound that puts the listener right inside the room with the band, to the haunting melancholy of "Conformity" and the soul searching, epic adventure of "Silence" and "The Zero." The band's continued legacy cemented and secure with their previous four records, Suicide Silence have endeavored to leave their mark on heavy metal with a diverse catalog demonstrative of the totality of who they are as people. And album number five is their most victorious triumph by far!