Classic Album Review

Album of the Week: Suicide Silence – The Cleansing (2008)

You already know I gotta highlight one of the best deathcore albums, in my opinion. This is one of the albums that got me into heavier music and it is still one of my favorite albums to this day. I already have a band of the week out on Suicide Silence, you know The Saw got y’all!!

The Cleansing is the debut studio album by Suicide Silence and it debut at No. 94 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 7,250 copies within the first week. This album became one of the best-selling debut albums in Century Media’s history. This album is noted for its unique engineering style, because it was tracked live in-studio as opposed to track-by-track. After the intro, the first song on the record is Unanswered, one of my favorite songs. This song has some solid riffs and Mitch Lucker’s trademark vocals make this song a very well-constructed opening track.

Each of the songs have a set of lyrics that stand on their own; some of the songs are about religion, others about money and greed, and some about the human race. This record is nothing but a beating, it’s like sensory overload. This album will beat you into the ground with no remorse and will leave nothing behind. Some critics have stated that this album is nothing new, but the early 2000 era was a prime era for the deathcore realm. So many bands from this sub-genre were upcoming bands, so of course they are going to be influenced by one another. Despite the criticism, this album opened the door for Suicide Silence, and helped them develop their skull crushing sound. This style of music is for an acquired taste, but if you love getting beat to death (by music, of course) then this album is definitely for you!

Favorite songs:

No Pity for a Coward


Girl of Glass

Bludgeoned to Death

Rating: 9/10!!

What are some of your favorite songs off of The Cleansing?

Stay Metal,


Band/Artist Profile

Band of the Week: Suicide Silence

Suicide Silence is a band that has gone through a lot of changes throughout the years: mainly, Mitch Lucker passing. But before we get into that, let’s look back at the history of Suicide Silence.

Suicide Silence is an American Deathcore band from Riverside, California. The band formed in 2002 and has released 5 albums and 1 EP in their discography: The Cleansing (2008), No Time To Bleed (2009), The Black Crown (2011), You Can’t Stop Me (2014), Sacred Words (2015), and Suicide Silence (2017). They have recently released a few singles in 2019: Feel Alive, Love Me To Death, and Meltdown. In 2009, they were awarded Revolver’s Golden God award for “Best New Talent.”

During the time the band was formed in 2002, it was a side project made up of musicians from other bands. After their demo, Death Awaits, they recorded a self-titled EP, and a few other songs. While on Century Media Records, in 2006, they recorded their first full-length album, The Cleansing. It was the bestselling debut albums in Century Media history. They then played at the Mayhem Festival and also went on tour with Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember, and The Acacia Strain.

The band then started to record No Time To Bleed and in April, they won Revolver’s Golden God award for “Most Innovative Band.” In 2011, the band started to record The Black Crown which was released July 12, 2011. This was the last record with Mitch Lucker on vocals.

Mitch Lucker passed away on November 1, 2012 due to a motorcycle crash. His passing was a huge shock to the metal community. That December, the band performed a memorial show in honor of Lucker and the money from the show went into an account for Lucker’s daughter, Kennedy, so she can use the money to go to school. At the memorial show, the friends of the band who were vocalists of other heavy bands, performed one song alongside the rest of the band. The show can be viewed on YouTube and the audio is out on Suicide Silence’s Spotify page. I thought this show was a cool way to honor Lucker because it was in a way that I believe he would enjoy; people jamming and moshing to his songs. It was great to see the metal community come together during this time.

Suicide Silence then brought Hernan “Eddie” Hermida into the band as vocalist and a lot of people were skeptic. Will the band sound the same? No. Like any other band, they too, must adapt and evolve. A lot of people were not a fan of the band’s new sound and they did voice their opinion about it when the band released their self-titled album in 2017. Since then, the band has not created another album, but has dropped live versions of songs and covers. In late 2019, they did release a few singles and stated that a new album is coming soon.

Did you get the chance to see Suicide Silence with Mitch Lucker?

Stay Metal,


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