The Silver Scream

The Silver Scream is the fifth album by the American heavy metal band Ice Nine Kills, released on October 5, 2018 by Fearless Records. Much like their previous album where all tracks were inspired by different novels, all the tracks are inspired by horror films. Some examples of the source material are; A Nightmare on Elm Street ("The American Nightmare"), Friday the 13th ("Thank God It's Friday"), and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre ("Savages"). The album features guest appearances by the band's former singer Jeremy Schwartz, Tony Lovato of Mest, actress Chelsea Talmadge, Randy Strohmeyer of Finch, Buddy Schaub and "JR" Wasilewski of Less Than Jake, Will Salazar of Fenix TX, and Stanley Kubrick's grandson Sam Kubrick of the UK band Shields. The album marked their highest chart positions in the US, debuting at number 29 on the Billboard 200 and number two on the Hard Rock Albums chart. "A Grave Mistake" became the band's first top ten hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts. This is the final album to feature guitarist and vocalist Justin DeBlieck, as well as bassist Justin Morrow, who departed from the band in March 2019 to join Motionless in White.

The Silver Scream
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 5, 2018 (2018-10-05)
Recorded2017–2018
Genre
Length49:43
LabelFearless
ProducerDrew Fulk
Ice Nine Kills chronology
Every Trick in the Book
(2015)
The Silver Scream
(2018)
The Silver Scream 2: Welcome to Horrorwood
(2021)
Singles from The Silver Scream
  1. "Enjoy Your Slay"
    Released: May 26, 2017
  2. "The American Nightmare"
    Released: June 20, 2018
  3. "Thank God It's Friday"
    Released: July 13, 2018
  4. "A Grave Mistake"
    Released: September 14, 2018
  5. "Stabbing in the Dark"
    Released: October 19, 2018
  6. "Merry Axe-mas"
    Released: December 21, 2018
  7. "Savages"
    Released: July 28, 2019
  8. "It Is the End"
    Released: September 24, 2019

Five music videos have been released in which lead singer Spencer Charnas visits a psychologist after experiencing dreams based on the songs ("The American Nightmare", "Thank God, It's Friday", "A Grave Mistake", "Stabbing in the Dark", "It Is the End"). A sixth video was also released, though this one takes place in Christmas of 1993, when Charnas was a child and celebrating Christmas Day with his parents ("Merry Axe-Mas").

A deluxe reissue edition titled The Silver Scream: Final Cut was released on October 25, 2019. The reissue contains bonus tracks including the band’s cover of Michael Jackson's hit song, "Thriller", a song about the Scream horror film series, one live track, and three acoustic tracks.[5][6]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [7]
New Noise Magazine     [3]
Soundfiction8.6/10[1]
Wall of Sound9.5/10[8]

Wall of Sound gave the album a 9.5/10 and said "The Silver Scream is more than just music, it is an event."[8]

Caleb Newton of New Noise Magazine wrote in a positive review that the album "is an exhilarating exploration of just what metal can be... There's room for bombastic and experimental pressing forward, and at that, such is welcome, and perhaps even needed in the modern music community."[3]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleCinematic inspirationLength
1."The American Nightmare"A Nightmare on Elm Street4:10
2."Thank God It's Friday"Friday the 13th4:23
3."Stabbing in the Dark"Halloween4:36
4."Savages"The Texas Chain Saw Massacre2:57
5."The Jig Is Up" (featuring Randy Strohmeyer of Finch)Saw3:57
6."A Grave Mistake"The Crow3:04
7."Rocking the Boat" (featuring Jeremy Schwartz)Jaws4:06
8."Enjoy Your Slay" (featuring Sam Kubrick of Shields (UK))The Shining4:16
9."Freak Flag"The Devil's Rejects3:18
10."The World in My Hands" (featuring Tony Lovato of Mest)Edward Scissorhands3:50
11."Merry Axe-mas"Silent Night, Deadly Night3:18
12."Love Bites" (featuring Chelsea Talmadge)An American Werewolf in London3:00
13."It Is the End" (featuring Peter "JR" Wasilewski and Buddy Schaub of Less Than Jake and Will Salazar of Fenix TX)It4:48
Total length:49:43
Final Cut bonus tracks
No.TitleCinematic inspirationLength
14."Your Number's Up"Scream franchise2:59
15."Thriller" (Michael Jackson cover) 3:10
16."A Grave Mistake" (Live From SiriusXM) 3:07
17."Stabbing in the Dark" (Acoustic featuring Matt Heafy) 3:45
18."Savages" (Acoustic) 3:11
19."Thank God It's Friday" (Acoustic featuring Ari Lehman) 3:47
Total length:69:43

PersonnelEdit

  • Spencer Charnas – clean vocals, screamed vocals, voice overs, piano
  • Justin DeBlieck – guitars, screamed vocals, orchestration, keyboard, programming, piano, engineering, mixing
  • Justin Morrow – bass
  • Patrick Galante – drums (tracks 14–15)
  • Joseph Occhiuti – bass (tracks 14–15)
  • Dan Sugarman – lead guitar (tracks 14–15)
  • Ricky Armellino – rhythm guitar (track 14–15)
  • Drew Fulk – production, mixing, mastering
  • Jeff Dunne – engineering, mixing, mastering
  • Mike Cortada – album artwork

Writing creditsEdit

  • Spencer Charnas – music and lyrics
  • Justin DeBlieck – music
  • Steve Sopchak – lyrics
  • Drew Fulk – additional music and lyrics ("The American Nightmare", "Stabbing in the Dark", "Savages", "The Jig Is Up")
  • Josh Strock – additional music ("The American Nightmare", "Savages")
  • Jeremy Schwartz – additional music and lyrics ("Rocking the Boat", "The World in My Hands")
  • Will Salazar – additional music and lyrics ("It Is the End")
  • Randy Strohmeyer – additional music ("The Jig Is Up")
  • Joseph Occhiuti – additional piano arrangements ("Thank God, It's Friday", "Your Number's Up", "Thank God, It's Friday" (Acoustic), "Savages"(Acoustic))
  • Ricky Armellino – additional music and lyrics ("The American Nightmare", "Merry Axe-Mas", "Your Number's Up")
  • Dan Sugarman – additional music and vocals ("Your Number's Up", "Thriller", "Savages" (Acoustic), "Thank God, It's Friday" (Acoustic), "A Grave Mistake" (Acoustic))

ChartsEdit

Chart (2018) Peak
position
UK Rock & Metal Albums (OCC)[9] 31
US Billboard 200[10] 29
US Top Hard Rock Albums (Billboard)[11] 2
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[12] 4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b H., Tyler. "Album Review 2". Soundfiction. Retrieved 2018-10-28.
  2. ^ Trevan, Kelsey. "Review: Ice Nine Kills – The Silver Scream". Retrieved October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Newton, Caleb. "Album Review 1". New Noise Magazine. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  4. ^ "Ice Nine Kills to Release The Silver Scream via Fearless Records on October 5". Shockwave Magazine. June 29, 2018.
  5. ^ "Ice Nine Kills - Stabbing In The Dark (Acoustic ft. Matt Heafy)" – via www.youtube.com.
  6. ^ "Ice Nine Kills Are Releasing A Deluxe Version Of Their Album 'The Silver Scream' - News - Rock Sound Magazine".
  7. ^ Yeung, Neil Z. "Album Review 4". AllMusic. Retrieved October 28, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Ice Nine Kills – The Silver Scream (Album Review)". Wall Of Sound. September 29, 2018. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Official Rock & Metal Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company. 12 October 2018. Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Ice Nine Kills Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Ice Nine Kills Chart History (Top Hard Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2018.
  12. ^ "Ice Nine Kills Chart History (Top Rock Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 16, 2018.