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, rhythm guitarist Chris Garza, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun, bassist Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez.


Formation, debut EP and The Cleansing (2002–2008)

Suicide Silence was founded in 2002 in Riverside, California. At the time, it was a side project made up of musicians from other bands. Their first live show was performed locally in Riverside, with a line-up consisting of Chris Garza (guitar), Rick Ash (guitar), Mike Bodkins (bass), Josh Goddard (drums) and vocalists Mitch Lucker and Tanner Womack. Despite being fired soon after, Womack's vocals appeared on the band's 2003 demo. [3] The second demo was released in 2004, at which time the band members began committing more time to Suicide Silence. By the release of their third and final demo in 2006, Suicide Silence became a full-time band. Soon after, they recorded and released their first studio effort, entitled, Suicide Silence EP. It was initially released by Third Degree Records, and later re-released in the UK through In At The Deep End Records.[4] 2006 marked the departure of drummer Josh Goddard, who was replaced by Alex Lopez (ex-guitarist for Blacheart Eulogy and The Funeral Pyre).

Two years later, the band signed to Century Media and released their debut full-length album The Cleansing.[6] The album was mixed by Tue Madsen, produced by John Travis and features artwork by Dave McKean.[7][8] It debuted at number 94 on the Billboard 200,[10] 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.[11] 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.[2]

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.[2]

Suicide Silence began recording No Time to Bleed in February with production by acclaimed producer Machine and engineering by Will Putney.[2] 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.[2] 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.[2] During the same year, the group was awarded the Golden God award for "Best New Talent".[2]

Suicide Silence released No Time to Bleed on June 30, 2009 through Century Media. The album peaked at No. 32 on the Billboard 200,[2] selling 14,000 copies in the first week in the United States alone.[2] 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.[2][21] "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.[22][23] Suicide Silence announced production for a music video for the song, "Disengage", of which was released as a single on April 20, 2010.[24] The video for it was released during June 2010.[25] The band played throughout the entire Warped Tour 2010[26] on the Altec Lansing Stage.[27] In October, the group began their first headlining tour in two years[28] with support from MyChildren MyBride, Molotov Solution, The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza and Conducting from the Grave.[29]

The Black Crown and Lucker's death (2011–2012)

By 2011, Suicide Silence began preparing their third full-length album in Big Bear, California with Steve Evetts as the selected producer.[30][31] During March, the group performed at California's Metalfest, and a week later, Nevada's Extreme Thing festivals,[4] at both of these performances, the band confirmed that the new album would be titled The Black Crown.[33] Working titles for the album were "Cancerous Skies", "Human Violence" and "Fuck Everything".[4] 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."[33] The song "Human Violence" premiered on radio station Liquid Metal on May 13, 2011.[35] 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.[4]

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.[4]

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.[4][4][4]

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"[4] 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.[6] In addition to the memorial show, the band started the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund and continues to promote donations towards Mitch's daughter.[6][6]

New vocalist, Ending Is the Beginning: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show and You Can't Stop Me (2013–2015)

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.[6]

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.[6]

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 United Kingdom and July 15 in the United States.[6] 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.

Sacred Words and fifth studio album (2015–present)

On October 6, 2015, Suicide Silence announced via their Facebook page they were going to be releasing a new EP on October 23, 2015 titled Sacred Words, featuring the eponymous track from You Can't Stop Me. It will feature "Sacred Words" as well as various unreleased tracks, including 3 live tracks taken from a live performance at the Hungarian festival RockPart 2015.[6] The band has also stated that they will start to work on a new album in 2016.[6]

Styles and influences

Suicide Silence performs deathcore,[6][7] which is a fusion between death metal and metalcore.[52] They are influenced by black metal, grindcore, mathcore and groove metal.[53][54][55][56][57] 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.[57] The drumming is very fast-paced, grindcore influenced, and employs a liberal use of double bass drumming and blast beats.[7]

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,[59] Deftones, Korn, Death, and Possessed.[7][8][8]

During an interview, lead guitarist Mark Heylmun stated his biggest influences are Dimebag Darrell and George Lynch.[59]




Studio albums
YearTitleLabelChart positions
Top 200Rock ChartHard Rock Chart
2007The CleansingCentury Media94--
2009No Time to Bleed32126
2011The Black Crown2873
2014You Can't Stop MeNuclear Blast1642
Video albums
  • Demo (2003)
  • Demo (2004)
  • Demo (2006)
2007"The Price of BeautyThe Cleansing
"No Pity for a Coward"
2008"Bludgeoned to Death"
"Green Monster"[8]
2009"Wake Up"[8]No Time to Bleed
2011"No Time to Bleed"[8]
"Human Violence"[8]The Black Crown
"You Only Live Once"[8]
"Slaves to Substance"[8]
"Fuck Everything"[8]
2014"Cease to Exist"[71]You Can't Stop Me
"Don't Die"[72]


2007"No Pity for a Coward"N/A[73]
2008"The Price of Beauty"Matt Bass[74]
"Bludgeoned to Death"David Brodsky[75]
2009"Unanswered"Jerry Clubb[76]
"Wake Up"David Brodsky[21]
"Genocide"Jerry Clubb[77]
2010"Disengage"Thomas Mignone[24]
2011"You Only Live Once"Nathan "Karma" Cox[78]
2012"Slaves to Substance"Nathan "Karma" Cox
"Fuck Everything"Jeremy Schott
2014"You Can't Stop Me"Nathan "Karma" Cox[79]

Concert tours

  • US Tour 2006 (July 14 - September 6, 2006)
  • UK 2006 Tour (October 3 – 15, 2006)
  • US Tour 2006 (November 16 - December 22, 2006)
  • Trend Killer Tour (February 1 - March 10, 2007)
  • Don't Call it a Comeback Tour 2007 (April 20 - June 3, 2007)
  • US 2007 Tour (August 14 – 25, 2007)
  • Pull the Trigger Tour 2007 (September 2 – 26, 2007)
  • Fall US 2007 Tour (September 27 - October 28, 2007)
  • The Dawn of Destruction Tour (October 30 - November 21, 2007)
  • Winter US 2007 Tour (December 26 – 31, 2007)
  • UK 2008 Tour (February 2 – 18, 2008)
  • Nile Tour (March 8 - April 9, 2008)
  • Scuzz TV Euro Tour 2008 (April 18 - May 9, 2008)
  • Mayhem Festival 2008 (July 9 - August 19, 2008)
  • UK Summer Slaughter 2008 (August 29 - September 8, 2008)
  • Cleansing the Nation Tour (October 3 - November 2, 2008)
  • Sweat Fest 08 (December 10 - 20, 2008)
  • Exhumed to Consume Tour 2 (March 13 - 28, 2009)
  • Music As a Weapon Tour IV (March 29 - May 17, 2009)
  • Pedal to the Metal (July 24 - September 9, 2009)
  • Beastfest Euro tour 09 (October 27 - November 8, 2009)
  • Megadeth Tour (November 14 - December 3, 2009)
  • South America Tour 2010 (April 3 - 11, 2010)
  • Warped Tour 2010 (June 24 - August 15, 2010)
  • No Time to Bleed Tour (October 2010)
  • AILD European Tour (November 4 - 30, 2010)
  • No Sleep Til Festival (December 10 - 19, 2010)
  • The Black Dynamite Tour (March 27 - April 1, 2011)
  • Euro/UK Tour (June 15 - 28, 2011)
  • Mayhem Festival 2011 (July 9 - August 14, 2011)
  • Australian Tour (September 9 - 13, 2011)
  • Never Say Die! Tour (Europe) (October 5 - 27, 2011)
  • Latin American tour (December 3 - 13, 2011)
  • The Eighth Plague Tour (January 15 - February 18, 2012)
  • The All Stars Tour 2012 (August 3 - 27, 2012)
  • Monster Energy Outbreak Tour 2012 (November 16 - December 16, 2012)