Suicide Silence
No Time To Bleed

To be honest, I don’t know why I’m bothering with this review. There are two crowds when it comes to this band and deathcore in general- love it of hate it, and most have decided before even checking the sophomore album from Suicide Silence out. The thing is, the deathcore haters and the fans that lump this group of Cali kids in with Annotations of an Autopsy and Waking the Cadaver, are missing a damn solid album- an album that sees Suicide Silence join the likes of Whitechapel, Carnifex and Impending Doom as deathcore acts that improved on their second album.

Like the two aforementioned deathcore darlings, Suicide Silence have become more focused and serious and improved their blending of Hot Topic hardcore and death metal. This second album sees Suicide Silence become even more serious (there’s no “pull the trigger bitch”, here) and introduces some menacing, layering and atmospheres (even some synths) to the crumbling breakdowns and calamitous blast beats. Just listen to the excellent and surprisingly moody yet brutal “Lifted”, instrumental “…And Then She Bled” the truly thunderous “Smoke” and lurching closer “Disengage”. There are plenty of straightforward, expected deathcore tenets such as “Something Invisible”. “No Time to Bleed”, “Suffer”, the tribal tinged “Wasted”, “Your Creation” and “Genocide” which all bring the pain in typically pummeling upper tier deathcore fashion.

Still, Mitch Lucker uses the higher register scream to much and the production of Machine (Demon Hunter, 18 Visions, Lamb of God, Clutch) is a bit too forced, especially the sometimes overbearing snare drum. However, it is his first true deathcore record and he simply may have been trying to hard too make it as heavy as possible. The guitar tone is crushing though.

With No Time To Bleed, Suicide Silence have added to the likes of Oceano, Rose Funeral, Earth From Above, Impending Doom, Molotov Solution and In the Midst of Lions for a surprisingly solid year for the much maligned genre.

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Written by Erik T
July 20th, 2009


  1. Commented by: AARONIUS

    I ended up getting this one through Itunes. Basically I just wanted to hear their cover of Alice in Chains “Them Bones” (which is surprisingly close to the original and good just, y’know more deathcore-y).

    I like it so far, it’s not music for thinkers, but if you want something to peel paint with this might do it.

  2. Commented by: elguerosinfe

    I’m a fan of Deathcore but I thought this album was really really terrible. So many of the songs just fall apart completely, or never even get off the ground. Nowhere near Oceano, Whitechapel or the other elite of the genre.

  3. Commented by: Reignman35

    Yeah my one problem with this band has always been the INCREDIBLY grating high pitch scream… I’m a big deathcore fan but I can’t stand the vocals from this band.

  4. Commented by: Red

    Heard a few tracks off this and thought it was horrible. Honestly, I like all genres of metal(as long as it’s good) but after reading this review I’ve come to believe that I really don’t care for much death-core. All the bands you listed, for good or bad, I find boring, lackluster, and highly unmemorable. Actually the death-core bands I do enjoy are the ones that add a lot more to the mix, i.e. All Shall Perish and the likes.

  5. Commented by: seaofcartilage

    Uhh, guys? This band is total bullshit and the fact that they are mentioned in the same breath as the shit-rocket known as ‘Oceano’ pretty much confirms it.

  6. Commented by: SUICIDE SILENCE


  7. Commented by: krustster

    You guys are all morons, good review. Good album.

  8. Commented by: Damon

    Great album. Solid Review. This band is leading the deathcore pack.

  9. Commented by: Porky

    i liked this album to an extent but i dont consider Suicide Silence “Deathcore”

    To me their more “Death Metal”
    seeing how deathcore is a mix of mostly Hardcore and Death Metal, there isn’t any hardcore influences on this album, or any before it

    You get the low growls which are death metal and you get the high screams which is black/death metal

    then you get the shitty quality, that they tend to stick with cause they and there producers are idiots, when it comes to making music sound good

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