The new six track EP from Russian metal band The Suicider is a meaty little beast, a release that does take a little warming to but once given time and space within the ear proves to be a strong and impressive reward. The band brings sounds that lay somewhere between classic heavy metal and a sturdier rock powered aggressive metal style. Though not without flaws it marks the band as one to watch closely and one with a full of tank of promise yet to be discovered and explored.
The band was formed in 2005 by vocalist Michail Tatarinov in Korolev City, though it was the winter of the following year that The Suicider became a fully functioning band in compliment and sound. Their music is openly influenced by Finnish heavy metal band Sentenced, the band name alone taken from the track of the same name off the Frozen album by the Finns and is covered on this EP alongside another of their songs Cross My Heart and Hope To Die (off The Cold White album).
The EP shows The Suicider to be a band with accomplished musical skills and a driven desire to bring melodic and powerful songs to their listeners with a core from those early days of metal. Alongside Tatarinov, the guitarists Anton Borovkin and Ilya Morozov make a formidable duo, the pair bringing vibrant and stirring melodic passages and solos by the side of hungry riffs and eager ideas, whilst bassist Artem Averin and drummer Pavel Polyanskii grab full attention with their explosive framework of rhythms and powerful intent. The result is a release that though coarse and raw at times especially vocally, captures the imagination and senses if not immediately certainly after being given time to state its case.
The first of four original tracks opens the release up. To The Sky strides in with confidence and a strong energy, the vocals are part growled but relatively clean and work well with the undemanding sounds behind. The track is more than able to get the senses interested with the band offering a variation and unpredictability within the song and a guitar solo that sizzles through the ear. This is a strong beginning continued firmly by the flowing Away and These Days. Both songs again bring pleasing heavy metal sounds with a harder caustic intensity. Away offers a great keyboard element to the song bringing a gothic tinge to the track whilst These Days has a southern rock lilt to its slowly pacing flow. Both songs evidence of the variety the band have to their sound and the thought that goes into its construction.
The best track on the release is Empty Shell, a mighty beast that stalks with grouchy riffs, teasing hooks, and scorched guitar melodies. The song rumbles with venom and intensity which reminds one a little of harder metal bands like the Serbians CounterignitioN. Pounding the ear with demanding rhythms the guitars blister the senses with acute riffs then play in the debris with inspired melodic enterprise. It is an excellent song and alone contains all the promise you need know about the band.
The remaining two songs are the previously mentioned covers. Both are well presented with a heart and enthusiasm that shows the love the band has for this influence. The Suicider is the better of the two, a persistent pleasure that lifts the heart and joy yet again. The band sounds like the little brother of Stam1na here, an eager sibling finding its own identity and works a treat. Alongside its predecessor it heads the release quality wise though the following Cross My Heart and Hope To Die and other songs on Four Reasons To Die are no slouches either.
The Suicider is a band still relatively unknown outside of their homeland and surrounding areas but with Four Reasons To Die and people adding some adventure to their own musical investigations one can see the band becoming a name and force many more will be enthusing over.