ICE NINE KILLS
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.