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The Sil­ver Scream

FEAR­LESS Bos­to­nian hor­ror afi­ciona­dos en­gen­der an oc­ca­sional groan Dip­ping their toes into con­cep­tual wa­ters again, Ice Nine Kills’ fifth ful­l­length pays twisted homage to 13 stal­warts of the hor­ror genre. It may be con­sid­ered a shrewd pub­lic­ity move, given the re­lease date’s prox­im­ity to Hal­loween, but it’s the ba­sic fa­mil­iar­ity that lis­ten­ers will al­ready have with each track’s theme that over­shad­ows the in­tended big-screen es­capism. Weav­ing dual vo­cals at­tacks along­side thun­der­ous break­downs, or­ches­tral the­atrics and mem­o­rable sound­bites, opener The Amer­i­can

Night­mare and En­joy Your Stay are in­stantly mem­o­rable. Else­where, it’s a strug­gle to not cringe in­wardly lis­ten­ing to sac­cha­rine bal­lad A Grave

Mis­take with its whin­ingly emo­tive vo­cals, while lyrics like ‘You’ve just scratched the sur­face of the curse of Crys­tal Lake’ sadly

re­duce The Sil­ver Scream’s at­tempted sto­ry­telling to a hotch­potch of clichés. Cult clas­sic, not best­seller.

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