Suicide Silence – “You Can’t Stop Me” (Nuclear Blast Records)
A pivotal moment in the band’s history, “You Can’t Stop Me” is dedicated to Mitch Lucker, Suicide Silence’s founder vocalist who wrote this last song before dying in a motorcycle crash in 2012. Continuing on with Hernan “Eddie” Hermida of All Shall Perish, the band have also stepped up their game – perhaps with that album title having a dual meaning – in moving towards the lighter end of the deathcore spectrum. In Hermida they have a vocalist who can do that given his incredible range from his bear roars to his literally screaming screamo vocals – the ‘You Only Live Once’ vocal takes speak for themselves! But behind him, there is a slicker band, that although still a formidable whirring buzzsaw of death, have an altogether more polished approach stylized by arrangements and melodies allowing their material a greater reach. Blasting out with ‘Inherit The Crown’ the band challenge – and silence – all takers who would’ve put em to bed given Lucker’s prominent role in the band, before moving onto the broodingly melancholic mello metal core of ‘Sacred Words’, almost another tribute by the band in acknowledging his lost presence. With guest vocals from Cannibal Corpse’s George ‘Corpsegrinder’ Fisher adding guttural weight to the brutality of ‘Control’ and The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Greg Puciato releasing the beast of the ‘Monster Within’, Suicide Silence push the envelope out even further on ‘Ending Is the Beginning’, that originally debuted on the band’s 2005 self titled EP. Closing with the stomping djent death of ‘Don’t Die’ and ‘Ouroboros’ that mixes deathcore with metalcore and dark melodic passages, it’s clear that despite suffering the calamity of Mitch’s untimely death (he was only 28 – Ed) I feel in my heart that carrying on the band he co founded would’ve been the choice he would’ve wanted and “You Can’t Stop Me” is a statement to that effect as well as a fitting enough epitaph. RIP Mitch Lucker, 1984 – 2012.