Suicide Silence Pushes Forward After Vocalist's Death

Categories: Metal

Suicide Silence had just about everything going for them by the end of 2012. Their fan base was growing larger and more rabid by the day with the release of their third album, The Black Crown, which reached No. 28 on the Billboard 200, and garnered major respect from the deathcore community. It was as if nothing could stop them. But it all collapsed on the morning of Nov. 1, 2012, when vocalist Mitch Lucker died in a motorcycle accident in Huntington Beach.

While getting over the shock of their comrade passing, the remaining band members faced the decision of whether to disband or change their name in an attempt to start from scratch. But they chose to do neither.

"Chris Garza, our other guitarist who started the band, said he would quit if we changed the name," fellow guitarist Mark Heylmun says. "Saying that made us realize we needed to stick together."

Since making that decision, they've uncorked two years of grief and anger and transformed it into the energy that's now keeping them alive.

They hired close friend Herman "Eddie" Hermida, of NorCal band All Shall Perrish, whom they've known since their first major tour in 2006, and the lineup of Heylmun, Garza, Dan Kenny (bass) and Alex Lopez (drums) continue to forge ahead as Suicide Silence.

The new edition will be thoroughly introduced this summer as part of the largest touring heavy-metal festival in the United States, Rockstar Energy Drink's Mayhem Festival. Suicide Silence join a roster that includes Orange County natives and headliner Avenged Sevenfold, plus Korn, and Trivium at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino on July 5.

"Mayhem is one of our favorite tours; it was a breaking tour for us in 2008, and we're excited to do it again," Heylmun says. "The hometown shows are always intense, and I run into people I went to high school with or haven't seen in a long time."

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