Music / Suicide Silence
Suicide Silence are an American Deathcore
band that formed in 2002.
The band originally formed with two vocalists, but only Mitch Lucker stayed due to the other getting fired. After a few demo releases, they got to record their Self titled EP
, and afterwards, they decided that it would stick as a main band and not originally as a side project. After some lineup changes, they signed onto Century Media to record their debut album, hitting #94 at the Billboards 200. Due to this success, they took part in the Mayhem Festival 2008.
Afterwards, they got to working on No Time To Bleed
, which had been worked on before MF 2008, and revealed a few songs that were played live at the Music as a Weapon fest. When it was finally released, it landed on #32 on the Billboard 200.
2011 saw the release of The Black Crown
. They signed onto Nuclear Blast Afterwards. Disaster struck in November 1, 2012, when Lucker died from a motorcycle accident, effectively putting the band on hiatus due to Lucker being the main driving force of the band, and to help support his 5 year old daughter. The latest show was on the supposed doomsday of 2012.
On October 2, 2013, it was announced through a video on their Facebook page that they would be continuing the band with Hernan "Eddie" Hermida
on vocal duties.
2014 is looking like a return to form of the band. Currently, the band is working on their fourth studio album titled You Can't Stop Me
(named after a song Mitch wrote before his passing) which is to be released during the summer of 2014. A single titled Cease to Exist
came out in May 2014 to positive reception. Live shows started happening again, starting with Soundwave in Australia, several appearances in Asia, and finally making their first American show with Eddie at the Golden God Awards 2014. Despite the untimely death of Mitch Lucker, it seems that the band is back on their feet.
- Chris Garza – rhythm guitar (2002–present)
- Mark Heylmun – lead guitar (2005–present)
- Alex Lopez – drums (2006–present)
- Dan Kenny – bass (2008–present)
- Hernan "Eddie" Hermida - vocals (2013-present)
- Mitch Lucker – lead vocals (2002–2012; died 2012)
- Mike Bodkins – bass, backing vocals (2002-2008)
- Josh Goddard - drums (2002-2006)
- Rick Ash – lead guitar (2002-2005)
- Tanner Womack – lead vocals (2002)
- The Cleansing (2007)
- No Time To Bleed (2009)
- The Black Crown (2011)
- You Can't Stop Me (2014)
- Suicide Silence (2017)
Tropes Displayed by Suicide Silence:
- The Alcoholic: Breaking edge did not do good things for Mitch Lucker, and by his wife's own admission, he was an out-of-control alcoholic by the time of his death.
- Ascended Extra: Hernan "Eddie" Hermida.
- Cover Version: "Engine No. 9" by Deftones and "Them Bones" by Alice in Chains.
- Deathcore: Along with All Shall Perish, Despised Icon, and Whitechapel, they became the poster children of the genre once it had established itself around the late 2000s.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The self-titled EP was far more heavily death metal-influenced, with quite a bit of riffing that wasn't entirely removed from the early 2000s California Bay Area technical/brutal death style (and was written well before Dan Kenny, who had been part of that scene when he was in Carnivorous, was even in the picture). Even The Cleansing, while decidedly a deathcore album, was still more rooted in death metal than anything that followed.
- Five-Bad Band:
- I Am the Band: Chris Garza, as of Mitch's death.
- In Spite of a Nail: Even if Mitch had lived, they would have still made the self-titled and switched to nu metal; The Black Crown made it very apparent that they were heading in that direction, and Mitch was working with a vocal coach shortly before his death to expand into cleans. How long it would have taken is anyone's guess, but it was inevitable either way.
- Metal Scream: Mitch was known for his extremely high Type 3s - which influenced many other deathcore vocalists to come, as well as occasional Type 1s and 2s.
- Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Usually a Hard 10, though some songs can hit a solid 11 ("Lifted"), or go down to a hard 9 ("Sacred Words").
- Music Is Politics: The (apparent) reason why Eddie Hermida was fired from All Shall Perish shortly after he joined Suicide Silence boiled down to this by way of onerous restrictions on his activities with All Shall Perish from Suicide Silence's management. In light of recent events involving Matt Kuykendall's lawsuit against Mike Tiner regarding rights to the All Shall Perish brand and royalties owed, however, it's entirely possible that there may have been another reason for this, as Eddie has since rejoined ASP with founding vocalist Craig Betit also returning on a presumably live basis (most likely akin to the setup that Frank Mullen and Ricky Myers have with Suffocation).
- New Sound Album:
- The Cleansing was standard hard-hitting deathcore with heavy breakdowns.
- No Time to Bleed introduced the atonal guitar solos that carried onto the next album, as well as being the start of their increasingly heavy dabblings in nu metal.
- The Black Crown took the Nu Metal elements that had started to manifest on No Time to Bleed and significantly expanded upon them, which was carried over to You Can't Stop Me.
- The self-titled is a Genre Shift to nu metal.
- Nice Guy/Mean Character, Nice Actor: Lucker was credited as one, most noticeably, with the donation of $800 worth of toys to a variety Boys & Girls Club.
- Nu Metal: Heavily influenced by this and were one of the first deathcore groups to mix the latter genre with it. The self-titled is a full jump into the style with very few traces of their original style.
- Record Producer: For the band's self-titled album, the legendary Ross Robinson (aka "The Godfather of Nu Metal").
- Religion Rant Song: "Unanswered," "The Fallen," "In A Photograph," from The Cleansing, and "Something Invisible" from No Time To Bleed.
- Screams Like a Little Girl: Mitch Lucker was well known for his banshee-like screeching.
- Signature Style: Lots of time signature and tempo changes and slow but technical breakdowns, as well as atonal riffs and solos lacking in melody.
- Soprano and Gravel: Have started using cleans as of the self-titled thanks to Eddie's greater range. Lucker apparently wanted to expand into them as well and was working with a vocal coach to effect this, but it obviously never materialized.
- Special Guest: Many during the memorial show on December 21, 2012. A rather lengthy list:note
- Zombie Apocalypse: The music video for "Slaves to Substance".