You Can’t Stop Me serves as a simultaneous introduction to vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida, as well as a celebration of the brotherhood the band shared with Hermida’s fallen predecessor. The group chose the album’s title from a collection of lyrics left behind by the late Mitch Lucker, while their formidable revamped sound makes it clear that Suicide Silence’s resurrection is complete. Ever since Suicide Silence went public with their plans to continue as a band, they’ve put all of the emotions from the last two years into these songs. “Inherit the Crown” name-checks The Black Crown, as Hermida demands the opportunity to honor his friend’s legacy and carve out a place of his own.
Mark Heylmun and Chris Garza (guitars), Dan Kenny (bass) and Alex Lopez (drums) sound more driven than ever, force-feeding their mash-up of death metal, black metal, grind and time-signature bending dissonance into structured, focused and often groove-oriented missives of anger and perseverance. Just as the surviving members of Joy Division were able to remake themselves as New Order, and as a post-plane crash Lynyrd Skynyrd was reborn with Johnny Van Zant stepping in for his late brother, You Can’t Stop Me is equal parts mournful tribute and statement of renewed purpose.
Death metal legend George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher (Cannibal Corpse) and Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Killer Be Killed) make guest appearances, but make no mistake: Suicide Silence is as bonded, as cohesive, as ever. Their unity of purpose is palpable in “Sacred Words,” “Warrior” and “We Have All Had Enough” while the entire album is the testament of a band exorcising its demons & reclaiming its future.