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Riverside, California's Suicide Silence formed in 2002. A quintet, the band specialized in that 21st century metal phenomenon known as deathcore, and was signed to international mega metal label Century Media. The band managed to get things rolling quickly, save for a few lineup changes, and went from formation to deal in a mere two years. In the meantime, Suicide Silence issued one pre-deal EP -- the simply titled Suicide Silence -- which saw the light of day on indie labels At the Deep End and SOS Records.
The band's Century Media debut album, The Cleansing, was released in September of 2007, and was produced by John Travis. The album was a bit of a mover and shaker in the genre, breaking through to the Top 100 on the Billboard charts, and became one of the label's biggest-ever sellers. Following the release of the album, the band toured steadily in the U.S. and Europe with Parkway Drive and Bury Your Dead. Members Mitch Lucker (vocals), Chris Garza (guitar), Mark Heylmun (guitar), Mike Bodkins (bass, but later replaced by Dan Kenny), and Alex Lopez (drums) had more reason to celebrate in 2008, as the band was added to the Mayhem metal festival, which hit stages that summer.
No Time to Bleed, released in 2009, found the band in the Top 40 of the album charts for the first time, accompanied by positive reviews. Third album The Black Crown switched from anti-religious topics to personal themes from lyricist Mitch Lucker, and it became the highest charting album of their career. Lucker, however, died in November 2012 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A memorial tribute show later that year featured Suicide Silence backed by different vocalists for each song, and by the fall of 2013, the band had found their new lead vocalist, Hernan "Eddie" Hermida from All Shall Perish. The Lucker memorial show was released early in 2014 as Ending Is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show 12.21.12.
Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riverside, California. Formed in 2002, the band has released four full-length studio albums, one EP and eleven music videos. They have received a fair amount of praise, being awarded the Revolver Golden God award for "Best New Talent" in 2009. The group currently consists of vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida, guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun, bassist Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez.Suicide Silence signs with Nuclear Blast Ent. | News. Lambgoat (2012-09-10). Retrieved on 2012-11-13.
ContentsHistory1.1 Formation, debut EP and The Cleansing (2002–2008)1.2 No Time to Bleed (2008–2010)1.3 The Black Crown and death of Mitch Lucker (2011–2012)1.4 New vocalist, Ending Is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show and You Can't Stop Me (2013–present)
Formation, debut EP and The Cleansing (2002–2008)
Suicide Silence were founded in 2002 in Riverside, California, and were at that time, a side project of many of the members of other groups. The band performed their first show at a local area within Riverside and at that time, the line-up consisted of the members Chris Garza and Rick Ash as guitarists, Mike Bodkins as bassist, Josh Goddard as drummer and two vocalists, Mitch Lucker and Tanner Womack. Shortly after their first performance, Womack was fired from the band and they released their first demo the following year. They released their second demo in 2004. By the proceeding year, the members took the band more seriously and were no-longer deemed as a side project, they would then advance to record their third and final demo in 2006 after the band recorded and released their first public studio quality material entitled, Suicide Silence EP which was released through Third Degree Records and later re-released in the UK through the English label In at the Deep End Records. Drummer, Josh Goddard departed from the band in 2006 and was replaced by Alex Lopez who was the former guitarist for the bands Blacheart Eulogy and The Funeral Pyre before his joining.
Two years later, the band signed to Century Media and released their debut full-length album The Cleansing. The album was mixed by Tue Madsen, produced by John Travis and features artwork by Dave McKean. It debuted at number 94 on the Billboard 200, selling 7,250 copies in its first week of release. The sales of that week ending combined with its later sales made The Cleansing one of the best-selling debut albums in Century Media history. With the success of their debut album, Suicide Silence were included to take part in Mayhem Festival that took place during the summer of 2008. Afterward, they toured Europe with Parkway Drive and Bury Your Dead, following a successful US tour with the same bands. Suicide Silence then followed along with a tour in Australia with Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember and The Acacia Strain in mid-2008 during the time when they were included to perform at Sweat Fest. At this point Suicide Silence were beginning to gain a wide range of fans throughout the world. While returning home from the continuous tours, the band covered the song "Engine No. 9" by Deftones and released the cover on their limited edition "Green Monster" single as well as iTunes all during the same year.
No Time to Bleed (2008–2010)
Shortly before embarking on Mayhem Festival in summer 2008, Suicide Silence's MySpace profile title read "Suicide Silence (Is writing a new album)", which was the first indication of ensuring the upcoming of their second album. On June 26, 2008, Mitch Lucker appeared on the Headbangers Ball blog podcast. In the interview, Lucker stated that the album would be recorded through tracks as opposed of being recorded live, such as The Cleansing. He also said the new album would "blow The Cleansing away." Machine was chosen by the band to be the producer of the album. The title for it was revealed as being No Time to Bleed.
Suicide Silence began recording No Time to Bleed in February with production by acclaimed producer Machine and engineering by Will Putney. During Music as a Weapon as well as the band's Cleansing the Nation tour, they began to perform the songs "No Time to Bleed", "Your Creations", "Lifted" and "Wake Up" months before the release of the album. In April they received the Revolver Golden God award for "Most Innovative Band" and performed at the awards show. Suicide Silence were included on 2009's Pedal to the Metal tour, along with the bands Mudvayne, Static-X, Bury Your Dead, Dope and Black Label Society. During the same year, the group was awarded the Golden God award for "Best New Talent".
Suicide Silence released No Time to Bleed on June 30, 2009 through Century Media. The album peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard 200, selling 14,000 copies in the first week in the United States alone. The opening track from the album, "Wake Up" was released as a digital download-only EP which includes the original song, a live performance of it and a remix handled by Shawn Crahan of Slipknot. A music video was produced for the song as well and made its debut premiere on Fearnet. "Genocide" was released as the album's second single. Its music video was created in collaboration with Bloody Disgusting and a remix for the song was featured in the Saw VI soundtrack. Suicide Silence announced production for a music video for the song, "Disengage", of which was released as a single on April 20, 2010. The video for it was released during June 2010. The band played throughout the entire Warped Tour 2010 on the Altec Lansing Stage. In October, the group began their first headlining tour in two years with support from MyChildren MyBride, Molotov Solution, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza and Conducting from the Grave.
The Black Crown and death of Mitch Lucker (2011–2012)
By 2011, Suicide Silence began preparing their third full-length album in Big Bear, California with Steve Evetts as the selected producer. During March, the group performed at California's Metalfest, and a week later, Nevada's Extreme Thing festivals, at both of these performances, the band confirmed that the new album would be titled The Black Crown. Working titles for the album were "Cancerous Skies", "Human Violence" and "Fuck Everything". When asked by Kerrang!, Lucker revealed that the album's lyrical themes would feature more of the personal topics that No Time to Bleed had in-concept rather than the anti-religious theme that The Cleansing held. Lucker explained "I still have the same beliefs and same views, but I'm more open to everything. At this point in my life, I don't see the good in making people hate you for something you say. This record [The Black Crown] is for everybody." The song "Human Violence" premiered on radio station Liquid Metal on May 13, 2011. The Black Crown was released on July 12, 2011 and sold over 14,400 copies in the United States alone during its first week of release, which had it debuting at position number 28 on the Billboard 200 chart.
The group was included on the line-up for the fourth annual Mayhem Festival, again playing on the Extreme Stage with other metal acts including Machine Head, Trivium and All Shall Perish during July and August 2011.
On November 1, 2012, it was announced by Orange County Coroners Office that Mitch Lucker had died from injuries incurred from a motorcycle accident. The coroner's office said Lucker was "pronounced dead at 6:17 a.m. Thursday at UCI Medical Center in Orange County". One report stated that Lucker crashed his motorcycle shortly after 21:00 on October 31.
An official status was also posted on the band's Facebook page. It said:
"There's no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts. R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker - We Love You Brother."
On December 21, 2012, a memorial show to benefit Kenadee Lucker's future education costs was held at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. The show was titled "Ending is the Beginning: Mitch Lucker Memorial Show" as a reference to both an early song from the band (See Suicide Silence EP) as well as acknowledging the transitional period for the band following Mitch's death. The show itself featured the members of Suicide Silence performing songs from each of the bands releases with a different guest vocalist performing with the band for each song. In addition to the memorial show, the band started the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund and continues to promote donations towards Mitch's daughter.Hernan "Eddie" Hermida became the band's new vocalist in late 2013.
New vocalist, Ending Is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show and You Can't Stop Me (2013–present)
After nearly a year of inactivity, it was confirmed on October 2, 2013 that Suicide Silence would continue as a band with a new vocalist, Hernan "Eddie" Hermida of All Shall Perish. The band released a clip of their song "You Only Live Once" with Hermida on vocals.
On October 23, 2013, the band announced on Facebook that they were writing new material via a picture captioned, "Feels good to be working on new music. More updates coming soon." Subsequently, on October 30, the band announced they would start recording their next album the following week. This will be the first Suicide Silence record without founding vocalist Mitch Lucker. On November 5, they announced the new album would be released early Summer 2014.
On December 16, 2013, the band released a trailer for Ending Is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show, which was released on CD/DVD/Blu-ray on February 18, 2014. In an interview with Soundwave TV on February 22, 2014, vocalist Eddie Hermida stated that one of the songs on the new album would contain some of Mitch Lucker's final lyrics.
On April 23, 2014, the band announced the title of their upcoming fourth album to be You Can't Stop Me, which is taken from the title of a song that Mitch Lucker had written before his death. The album was released on July 14 in the U.K. and July 15 in the U.S. On May 2, Suicide Silence Announced that a song off their new album, You Can't Stop Me, "Cease To Exist" would be released as the first single off the album. The song was released on May 6, 2014, and performed live for the first time at Rock Am Ring 2014 on June 6, 2014.Wiederhorn, John (September 2009). "Bleeding Edge: Suicide Silence". Revolver (South San Francisco, California: Future US) (84): 49–52. ISSN 1527-408X. "Suicide Silence Completes Work On Debut Album". Retrieved April 15, 2007. "Century Media Records". Century Media Records Welcomes Suicide Silence to Its Worldwide Family. Retrieved April 15, 2007. SUICIDE SILENCE Comples Work On New Album Blabbermouth Dave McKean collector index "Discography – Suicide Silence". The Cleansing. Archived from the original on October 13, 2007. Retrieved September 28, 2007. Cite error: The named reference charts was invoked but never defined (see the help page). No Time to Bleed review. Rock Sound Suicide Silence Cover Deftones Sputnikmusic Headbangers Ball MTV2 "Suicide Silence to record new album". Retrieved January 23, 2009. Morbid Miller's Interview with Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence!! Raginpit — International Metal Music Suicide Silence — Blabbermouth.net US Golden Gods – The Winners Allmusic – Suicide Silence Billboard charts "Suicide Silence Genocide music video". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2010-04-19. Exclusive: Suicide Silence “Wake Up” Video Premiere Fearnet nce-wake-up/ Underground Video - Suicide Silence's Wake Up Suicide Silence Premieres "Genocide" Music Video Online Metal Underground Fangoria — Final lineup for the SAW VI SOUNDTRACK revealed!. Retrieved 2009-10-07 "Suicide Silence To Release 'Disengage' Single". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2010-04-19. Suicide Silence Posts Single Teaser Trailer - in Metal News Message boards — Warped Tour 2010 Gold, Becky. "Warped Tour 2010 - Something for Everyone". Hollywood Music magazine. Retrieved 26 July 2010. Suicide Silence's Mark Heylmun MetalSucks Suicide Silence to headline fall tour Lambgoat SUICIDE SILENCE Preparing To Enter Studio SUICIDE SILENCE Enters the Studio with Steve Evetts; New Album Due This Summer Metality.net Suicide Silence - Metal Festival Dates All Metalfest "Kerrang! Suicide Silence get personal on The Black Crown". Retrieved 2011. Suicide Silence announce new album title "The Black Crown" Metal Riot "SUICIDE SILENCE: New Song To Be Premiered On SiriusXM Radio - May 11, 2011". Roadrunner. Blabbermouth. Retrieved 14 May 2011. Suicide Silence begin writing new album The Gauntlet Rockstar Mayhem Festival Bands SUICIDE SILENCE Singer Dies In Motorcycle Accident - The Gauntlet News. Thegauntlet.com (2012-11-01). Retrieved on 2012-11-13. R.I.P Suicide Silence'S Mitch Lucker. Total Uprawr (2012-11-01). Retrieved on 2012-11-13. "Fatal Traffic Collision" (Press release). Huntington Beach Police Department. November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012. "Ending Is The Beginning: Mitch Lucker Memorial with Suicide Silence at Fox Theater, LA on KCRW". Events.kcrw.com. 2012-12-21. Retrieved 2013-06-14. "Live Recap: Suicide Silence Mitch Lucker Memorial Benefit Concert - Alternative Press". Altpress.com. 2012-12-22. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 4:06 PM. "Suicide Silence Sets Up Donation Fund - in Metal News". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. "SUICIDE SILENCE Launch Official Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund - Metal Injection | Latest News". Metal Injection. 2012-11-06. Retrieved 2013-06-14. "Suicide Silence - New Vocalist - "You Only Live Once" Segment - 2013". YouTube. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2014-07-11. "Suicide Silence's New Album Will Contain Some Of Mitch Lucker's Final Lyrics - Blabbermouth.net". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-02-22. Retrieved 05-03-2014. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help) "SUICIDE SILENCE To Release 'You Can't Stop Me' Album In July". Blabbermouth.net. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2014-04-23.
Styles and influences
Suicide Silence performs deathcore, which is a fusion between death metal and metalcore. They are influenced by black metal, grindcore, mathcore and groove metal. The mathcore elements can be seen in the varied speed changes and complex time signatures in the band's music. The band's vocalist fluctuates between death growls used in death metal and high-pitched screamed vocals used in black metal. The drumming is very fast-paced, grindcore influenced, and employs a liberal use of double bass drumming and blast beats.
The band members themselves have stated that they are influenced from groups such as Meshuggah, Sepultura, Cannibal Corpse, Suffocation, Morbid Angel, Necrophagist, Napalm Death, Nile, Slipknot, Darkest Hour, Deftones, Korn, Death, and Possessed.
During an interview, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun stated his biggest influences are Dimebag Darrell and George Lynch.True, Chris. "Suicide Silence". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-04-06. Roadrunner Records – Blabbermouth.net info on No Time to Bleed – "'No Time To Bleed', the new album from California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE" Headbanger's Blog – MTV — Suicide Silence. Retrieved 9-17-09 lambgoat.com "This is deathcore. This is what happens when death metal and hardcore, along with healthy doses of other heavy music styles, are so smoothly blended..." "Suicide Silence – The Black Crown - REVIEW". One Metal. Retrieved 1 August 2011. Cartey, Richard. "Suicide Silence - The Black Crown Review". Rock Sound. "Suicide Silence - 'The Black Crown' Album Review". Sonic Abuse. Retrieved 1 August 2011. Donnelly, Justin. "Blistering.com Review: Suicide Silence - The Black Crown". Blistering.com. Retrieved 1 August 2011. "allmusic(((The Cleansing < Overview)))". Retrieved 2007. Sick Drummer Magazine | Interview With Alex Lopez of Suicide Silence "Interview with Suicide Silence". Rock Edition. 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2014-07-11. Suicide Silence make some noise with The Reaper The Insider — Interview with Mark Heylmun. ASK SUICIDE SILENCE! SkullsNBones MetalSucks » Blog Archive » EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW WITH SUICIDE SILENCE BASSIST MIKE BODKINS