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Suicide Silence interview: Mark Heylmun talks Mitch Lucker, Eddie Hemida, new CD

The metal community was stunned in 2012 when Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker lost his life in a tragic motorcycle accident. Neither fans or band members had any idea about the future of Suicide Silence. It would be in remembrance of their fallen singer that the rest of the band found the passion and resilience to move forward, and it would be some of Lucker’s final lyrics that would provide the catalyst for the band’s fourth album, You Can’t Stop Me. This week we talked with guitarist Mark Heylmun about Mitch, the decision to move forward, new vocalist Eddie Hermida, and returning to Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival.

You can't stop Suicide Silence
Nuclear Blast

Suicide Silence was founded by rhythm guitarist Chris Garza a dozen years ago in Riverside, California. They became noted for their deathcore style and sound and were tabbed in 2009 at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards as “Best New Talent”. Joining Mark, Chris and Mitch are bassist Dan Kenny and drummer Alex Lopez. The quintet released three notable albums on Century Media; The Cleansing (2007), No Time to Bleed, and the highly acclaimed Black Crown (2011).

After the release of Black Crown and a successful run on the 2011 Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour the band signed a new record deal with Nuclear Blast Records. During the Mayhem tour the band met Eddie Hermida who was then vocalist for Northern, California’s All Shall Perish, which shared the Revolver Stage with the band during that summer tour. Hermida later appeared at Lucker’s Memorial show.

According to Heylmun, when Suicide Silence decided to move forward with a new vocalist, Hermida was the only choice:

There was really nobody else–We didn’t want to try anybody out. We didn’t want to call people and be like, ‘you wanna come and jam with us?’ That’s not how this situation seemed like it would work for us. Eddie was just a friend. Somebody that we know is extremely talented, and someone that could put the passion behind the job that it is. To not replace Mitch or be the singer of this band, but to treat the gig that it is. He’s replacing an idol to so many people and he’s also coming into a band that preexists, which is the other four members of it. We just knew he would be able to handle it with respect and knock it out of the park.

You can check out the full interview with Mark above, then get ready for the release of You Can’t Stop Me on July 15, featuring “Cease To Exist” and the title track with Mitch Lucker’s final lyrics.

Catch Suicide Silence on the 2014 Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival this summer:

7/5 - CA - San Bernardino - San Manuel Amphitheatre
7/6 - CA - Mountain View (San Francisco) - Shoreline Amphitheatre
7/8 - WA - Auburn (Seattle) - White River Amphitheatre
7/9 - ID - Boise - Idaho Center Amphitheatre
7/11 - AZ - Phoenix - Ak-Chin Pavilion
7/12 - NM - Albuquerque - Isleta Amphitheatre
7/14 - CO - Denver – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Main Stage Only + Body Count feat. Ice-T)
7/16 - MO - St. Louis - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
7/17 - MI - Detroit – DTE Energy Music Theater
7/18 - WI - Milwaukee - Eagles Ballroom (Rockstar Energy Drink TASTE OF MAYHEM)
7/19 - IN - Indianapolis - Kilpsch Music Center
7/20 - IL - Chicago - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
7/22 - MA - Mansfield (Boston) - Xfinity Center
7/23 - NY - Saratoga - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
7/25 - ON - Toronto (Canada) - Molson Amphitheatre
7/26 - PA - Burgettstown (Pittsburgh) - First Niagra Pavilion
7/27 - CT - Hartford - Xfinity Theatre
7/29 - NY - Darien Center - Darien Lake
7/30 - NY - Wantagh - Nikon Theatre At Jones Beach (Main Stage Only)
8/1 - NJ - Camden (Philadelphia, PA) - Susquehanna Bank Center
8/2 - PA - Scranton -The Pavilion At Montage Mountain
8/3 - VA – Bristow (Washington, DC) - Jiffy Lube Live
8/5 - GA - Atlanta - Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/7 - OK - Oklahoma City – OKC Air Park
8/9 - TX - Dallas - Gexa Energy Pavilion
8/10 - TX - The Woodlands (Houston) - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion