Do you like death metal? Do you like metal core? Do you ever wonder what a fusion of both would sound like? Well that’s exactly what Suicide Silence is, death core, and I got to witness the phenomena over the Memorial Day weekend at Blackest of the Black festival at Oak Canyon Park in Silverado, Ca. Suicide Silence came out & delivered a set of grinding hypnotic riffs that left the Blackest of the black crowd chanting for more. For more coverage on the Blackest, click here.
The group was formed in 2002 in Riverside, Ca and currently consists of vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida, rhythm guitarist Chris Garza, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun, bassist Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez.
This band is no stranger to the metal scene and has endured through all the ups and downs, including the most tragic, the death of a band member. The original vocalist for SS, Mitch Lucker, lost his life when he crashed his motorcycle on Halloween night 2012. Afterwards, Suicide played a memorial show to benefit Lucker’s then five year old daughter’s future education costs and started the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund that they currently still promote donations towards Lucker’s daughter. Anyone who would like to donate can go to Suicide’s website where you can also see the tribute wall with everyone’s names that have donated.
In 2013, the band announced that Hernan “Eddie” Hermida of All Shall Perish would be the new vocalist and he was well received by the fans. Since then, they have released 2 albums of which the last one the fans were unhappy with. I believe this is not because the album is bad but because it was more nu metal as oppose to their original death core sound and sometime we, as fans, have problems with change.
I had a chance to sit down with Chris Garza, the guitarist of Suicide Silence to talk about whats going on with the band in this crazy world. To hear everything we talked about, click on the video below. Also don’t forget to check out Suicide Silence’s website and their facebook for upcoming tour dates and band news.