This is Suicide Silence's 3rd full length album and it's their most talked about already. It just recently came out and it's had positive reviews from the plenty I've seen and read. Mitch Lucker, vocalist, has said that their goal for this record is too show exactly the style their pushing for now on and too have that "unique quality that lets you know it's Suicide right away."
Vocally Mitch's vocals let you know that it is Suicide Silence. The ghastly highs are his signature and are prominent on Black Crown. The album features less lows, unlike their previous release No Time To Bleed. I enjoyed having less lows, because they had too much artificial-ness to them, in my book. The lyrics are a vast improvement from the typical anti-religious style (which I detest) and instead he concentrated on more personal aspects from his mind and to make them more relatable, and he is quoted with saying: "I'm not trying to put people's beliefs down - it's about me and my life. This is my head cracked open and poured on the paper! I still have the same beliefs and same views, but I'm more open to everything," he adds. "At this point in my life, I don't see the good in making people hate you for something you say. This record is for everybody.". This is statement is the main reason as to why I decided to give it a listen in the first place.
Now they're more personable, but in my opinion way angsty and whiny. The prime example to show you what I mean, can be found in the song "F@#$ Everything". It's just too vulgar and annoying. But musically tasty :)
The musical direction goes forward into more exciting aspects. This record is more "proggier" than their previous releases and shows their true musicianship. Don't worry deathcore fans, there is PLENTY of breakdowns and groove moments.
The drums are more tighter with sick fills and the guitars are EXTREMELY beast like with a pummeling force. The production on the breakdowns lets you go nuts!
Black Crown is more open to a bigger audience and it's a real solid record. Sure it has some flaws, but not enough to make you NOT listen to it. I dig the album, even with the cursing, but it's a slow step up from their previous anti-God stance. Listen, groove, headbang, get "shooken" up by the earthquake it will induce and enjoy!
Favorite Tracks: Cross-Eyed Catastrophe and O.C.D.