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You Can’t Stop Me Nu­clear Blast

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Al­bum, film, game and live re­views from the only people you can trust.

The fourth al­bum from Cal­i­for­nia’s Sui­cide Si­lence, You Can’t Stop Me, is a tough record to check out ob­jec­tively. Singer Mitch Lucker’s un­timely pass­ing oc­curred while the band’s star was truly in as­cen­dance, the first re­ally heavy death metal/core/what­ever band to drag the more ex­treme side of things back into the spot­light since the hey­day of Can­ni­bal Corpse et al. His death was a huge blow not only to the band and their legion of fans but that en­tire move­ment. It just goes to show how suc­cess­ful Sui­cide Si­lence were that even in the time they’ve been away from the lime­light (it’s been three years since their last full-length), no band has come along and taken their (black) crown.

New man on the mic Ed­die Her­mida is no stranger to the Sui­cide Si­lence brand of mod­ern metal and does a fine job of cov­er­ing Lucker’s po­si­tion, his screech­ing and growl­ing ex­actly what the doc­tor or­dered and per­fectly honed af­ter his own suc­cess­ful stint fronting the crush­ing All Shall Per­ish. Mu­si­cally, Sui­cide Si­lence have al­ways leaned to the crowd-pleas­ing side of things and that doesn’t change here – Be­tween The Buried And Me or Ori­gin this ain’t, pop­u­lar en­try level heavy metal re­plete with break­downs, blast beats and fat grooves it is. Lead sin­gle “Cease To Ex­ist” thrashes around on a nasty riff be­fore launch­ing into a big Roots- era Sepul­tura groove; it might be su­per ob­vi­ous but that doesn’t de­tract from the en­joy­ment fac­tor. Drum­mer Alex Lopez again puts in a great per­for­mance, his in­stru­ment ac­tu­ally sound­ing like a hu­man is play­ing it while those great, raw ride bell blasts of his pro­pel the hos­tile takeover.

You Can’t Stop Me won’t change your life and the song­writ­ing could def­i­nitely be sharper, but for a ca­reer-defin­ing fol­low-up in the face of such harsh cir­cum­stances it’s an ad­mirable ef­fort.

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