Album review: Ice Nine Kills – The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood
Following on from 2018’s The Silver Scream, Ice Nine Kills’ bloody sequel offers another 14 tracks of emo-meets-metal inspired by some of Hollywood’s biggest horror flicks. Much more than gimmick, though, this frightful overlay provides the band with the foundations to extend their theatrics more than ever before, and dabble in everything from evil emo-pop to hell-raising deathcore.
Welcome To Horrorwood (the song) provides an early indication of INK’s intentions with this latest album. An atmospheric offering of My Chemical Romance-esque emo-punk, it explodes into life partway through and develops a more metallic edge, with the kind of solos that recall the best of Black Veil Brides and a dash of screamo that’s more in line with early Escape The Fate. There’s so much going on in this one song alone, and that’s a feature that extends throughout The Silver Scream 2.
Further in, The Shower Scene sees INK offer up some raw, anthemic emo, while there’s a more typical heavy metal offering by way of Take Your Pick (which features Cannibal Corpse frontman Corpsegrinder), but The Silver Scream 2 delights most when it dabbles in some serious genre-splicing. The best example of this is Assault & Batteries, a barnstorming track that’s part deathcore, part emo-pop, and a song that features the kind of lyrics that sum up the drama and humour INK bring to the table throughout this album (‘You won’t ever grow up / You won’t make it past six / ’Cause this two-foot-tall demonic doll will make you his bitch’).
A unique, thrilling and unpredictable record, The Silver Scream 2 has all the makings of an instant horror hit.
The Silver Scream 2: Welcome To Horrorwood is released on October 15 via Fearless.
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