I have been waiting for The Black Crown for what seems like forever. Suicide Silence’s last album No Time To Bleed is one of my top five most influential albums, so my anticipation was very high. When I heard the song “Fuck Everything,” I took note on how much of a personal level it lyrically approached the masses. Then when I heard that they were going to keep their anti-religious lyrics off and instead opt for full-on personal topics, I kind of felt that they may lose their edge. Well, I’m glad to say they haven’t, for the most part.
“Slaves To Substance” is a hard-hitting track from the start. The first second starts off with blast beats and chunky guitars with heavy bass in the background to get the metal heads prepared. The transitions are pulled off well and the song has an overall sound that is completely new and unique to the grindcore/deathcore scene. They still have the grind sound that changes to heavy breakdowns throughout the song, and I feel that they even show a little bit of a progressive side here.
“O.C.D.” starts off a little generically, but soon goes into the brutal, heavy-hitting breakdowns they’re known for. I like this song in particular because it’s mostly just one huge breakdown with little fast bits thrown in to mix it up a bit, but it also sounds like an actual song instead of other bands who try to pull off an entire breakdown for a whole song. I can really see this song becoming a live staple for the band, as it has the potential to throw the crowd into a frenzy.
“You Only Live Once” leans as a “partycore” song in the vein of Attila, with lyrics like “You only live once/so just go fucking nuts,” “Live life hard” and “Push your care/push your burdens aside/erase everything inside and leave just one thing on your mind,” the latter as Jonathan Davis’ guest lines. The music itself is heavy and slower for a Suicide Silence song, but it soon goes into familiar territory for longtime fans. I can see people going nuts in the pit for this song.
“Fuck Everything” is one of the first singles off of the album, and musically one of the best songs. I like to listen to hate-filled songs when I’m angry at something, so this song will be on constant rotation for me. It’s heavier than anything on this album; every high point of the song is pulled off without any hitch, the transitions are perfect, and overall it’s just a badass song that’s bound to be a deathcore/grindcore song that will be remembered.
“Smashed” is my personal favorite off the entire album. Fitting, as it features Frank Mullen from Suffocation. Straight-on death metal for this one, they fucking bring the gas to the fire and walk out unscarred here. I’ve seen Suffocation live, and this song wouldn’t be out of place if they ever chose to play it. So basically, I’m saying this song is that good. I will leave this hype where it is so that people will actually give it a listen and see for yourself.
Overall, I don’t think that this album matches No Time To Bleed. I knew that they really set the bar high and that it would be hard to top it. But I’m not saying this album is bad by any means. They haven’t changed their sound too much, although I feel that they lost some of the speed of their previous releases and went instead for the ultra-heavy and slower stuff. You may have a completely different opinion of this, so I would say it’s definitely worth buying.
Oh, and a word for the fans, Mitch Lucker has a side project with the excellent electronic artist Big Chocolate called Commissioner. They will have a new EP or album coming out sometime this year, so keep your eyes and ears open!