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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. That year, Suicide Silence released their fourth studio album titled You Can't Stop Me (named after a song Mitch wrote before his passing) in July 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.
In February 2017, Suicide Silence released their fifth studio album, which received a large backlash from its fanbase.
In September 2018, it was revealed that they would be performing a song for Devil May Cry 5, Subhuman, to be used as Dante's battle theme. It, too, received extreme backlash. In addition, it was brought to light that earlier, near the end of 2017, current vocalist Eddie Hermida was involved in a sexual harassment scandal. The resulting PR kerfuffle caused Capcom themselves to delete the song's music video from YouTube and edit out all instances of the song from new trailers. They later announced that they did not know about the scandal until after Subhuman had been completed, and in no uncertain terms would be distancing themselves from the collaboration, opting to re-record Hermida's vocals with those provided by Michael Barr, which garnered much better and positive reception compared to with Hermida's vocals. It's unknown what Hermida's status in the band is after the scandal, especially now in regards to his return to All Shall Perish.
- Chris Garza rhythm guitar (2002present)
- Mark Heylmun lead guitar (2005present)
- Alex Lopez drums (2006present)
- Dan Kenny bass (2008present)
- Hernan "Eddie" Hermida - vocals (2013-present)
- Mitch Lucker lead vocals (20022012; 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)
- Death Awaits (2003) (demo)
- Family Guy Demo (2004)
- Suicide Silence (2005) (EP)
- Demo 2006
- The Cleansing (2007)
- No Time To Bleed (2009)
- The Black Crown (2011)
- Ending Is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show (2014) (live video)
- You Can't Stop Me (2014)
- Sacred Words (2015) (EP)
- Suicide Silence (2017)
- Rare Ass Shit (2019) (compilation, includes self-titled EP and The Cleansing pre-production demos)
- Live and Mental (2019) (live album)
- Become the Hunter (2020)
- Overlord (2020) (single, B-side from Become the Hunter)
FOR ALL THE TROPES THAT GO UNANSWERED! WHY DO YOU THINK THAT IS!?:
- 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.
- Audience Participation Song:
- "Unanswered": "WHERE IS YOUR GOD!? WHERE IS YOUR GOD!? WHERE IS YOUR FUCKING GOD!?"
- "No Pity for a Coward": "SECONDS FROM THE END! WHAT'S IT GONNA BE!? PULL THE TRIGGER BITCH!"
- "Bludgeoned to Death": "AND DOCTORS WON'T BE ABLE TO RECOGNIZE YOUR FUCKING FACE!"
- "Disengage": Traditionally starts with a wall of death.
- "You Only Live Once": "LIVE! LIFE! HARD!"
- "Fuck Everything": "FUCK EVERYTHING!", and people typically raise middle fingers to "PUT YOUR FINGERS IN THE FUCKING AIR, AND LIVE YOUR LIFE WITHOUT A CARE!".
- Cover Version: "Engine No. 9" by Deftones, "Them Bones" by Alice in Chains, "Superbeast" by Rob Zombie, "Last Breath" by Hatebreed, "Blind" by Korn, and "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana (though the last two have only been covered live).
- 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. Furthermore, while it is debatable whether they truly created nu-deathcore (Emmure started mixing in nu metal elements around the same time, while Winds of Plague also had some burgeoning nu influence on Decimate the Weak), No Time to Bleed and especially The Black Crown were most certainly Trope Codifiers for the style.
- Early Installment Weirdness: The demos and the self-titled EP were 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 were 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 (especially since it had several of their earliest songs).
- 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; furthermore, Chris Garza stated in an interview that had Mitch lived, the self-titled was going to be the followup to The Black Crown, and the only reason that You Can't Stop Me happened was because they needed to play it safe while they got back on their feet and settled into the new iteration of the band.
- Later Installment Weirdness: The self-titled was a complete jump into nu metal; while they had had extremely overt nu metal elements for a while, they were still a deathcore act at the end of the day. The self-titled, on the other hand, had very few traces of their established style. They would return to deathcore with Become the Hunter, making this a Creator's Oddball.
- Metal Scream: Mitch was known for his extremely high Type 3s - which influenced many other deathcore vocalists to come, as well as his Type 2s. He had to shift the latter up to Type 1s up near his death to account for vocal deterioration.
- 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"). Their self-titled album can go anywhere from a 6 ("Dying in a Red Room") to a 9 ("Don't Be Careful, You Might Hurt Yourself").
- 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.
- Become the Hunter is a return to deathcore, with a noticeably more slam and brutal death-oriented style than most of their post-Cleansing output.
- Nice Guy: Lucker was credited as one, most noticeably, with the donation of $800 worth of toys to a variety Boys & Girls Club. Lucker was also known to be an energetic, well spoken, and genuinely kind person who simply wanted to live life as it was, although he did struggle with alcoholism after breaking straight edge, which unfortunately lead to his untimely passing.
- Nu Metal: Heavily influenced by this and were one of the first deathcore groups to mix the latter genre with it. The Black Crown, in particular, made it a central part of their sound, and tracks like "You Only Live Once", "Fuck Everything", and "Witness the Addiction" (the last one of which even featured Jonathan Davis) owed more to nu metal than to deathcore. The self-titled is a full jump into the style with very few traces of their original style, though Become the Hunter returned to their established deathcore style with a generally more death metal-leaning approach than is typical for their post-Cleansing output.
- 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
- As for studio efforts, Frank Mullen of Suffocation, Johnathan Davis of Korn, and Alexia Rodriguez of Eyes Set to Kill on The Black Crown. George "Corpsegrinder" Fisher of Cannibal Corpse and Greg Puciato of The Dillinger Escape Plan showed up on You Can't Stop Me. Darius Tehrani of Spite was the sole guest on Become the Hunter.
- As of 2018, Mike Carrigan (Darkest Hour) is filling in for Mark Heylmun while the latter tends to family issues.
- Michael Barr (of the Volumes fame) lent his voice to Subhuman, after the controversy involving Eddie Hermida was brought to light and the song had to be re-recorded without his vocals.
- Vocal Decay: Even before he died, Mitch's voice was rapidly declining due to a mix of bad vocal technique, heavy substance usage, and physically intense live performances, all made much worse by their incredibly heavy touring schedule. By the time he died, Mitch was completely unable to do his lows and had shifted them up to mids live, while his highs had also been pitched down, and he usually could not make his way through a headlining set without regularly running out of breath and going off-key by the final quarter (or third on a bad night) of the set.
- Vocal Evolution: Up towards the end, Mitch shifted most of his lows up to mids, and his highs became somewhat less shrill. This was mostly due to vocal damage brought on by poor technique and heavy partying.
- Zombie Apocalypse: The music video for "Slaves to Substance".