Suicide Silence hit the stage at the House of Blues in Cleveland with enough energy to power a small city. Eddie Hermida’s arresting vocals captivated the packed house as the crowd joined in to sing as one voice. Along with Chris Garza (guitar), Mark Heylmun (guitar), Dan Kenny (bass), and Alex Lopez (drums), the band mixed songs from the new album with old favorites in a powerful musical journey, filled with moshing, crowd surfing, circle pits, and the Wall of Death.
There is evil in the world. The news is filled with crimes against humanity each day. It affects everyone and the members of Suicide Silence are not immune to the pain. Poignant lyrics from the song, “Cease to Exist” say, “I would drag myself through a mile of broken glass/Just to watch you cease to exist/Knowing that your kind of grime/Has a place nested inside of our world”. The words give voice to our own feelings of anger and frustration when malicious actions cause others pain.
There is always more to learn. The band collectively believes that music is a never-ending process of learning and metal music is more complicated than ever. Hermida explained, “Metal music is already incorporating a lot of symphonic traits. In the format, a lot of metal (music) doesn’t keep to ‘verse/chorus/verse chorus’. It moves through parts and movements, so there are a lot of stylistic similarities there”. The artists of Suicide Silence draw from elements in all genres of music to create a cohesive blend of songs that are relevant to a diversified audience.
Music is family. I was moved by the easy comradery between the musicians of Suicide Silence. They were casual and exhibited the closeness of brothers who have lived and grown together for years. More than just friends, the artists demonstrated a consistent respect for each other’s opinions and feelings. Individually, they are intelligent, dedicated musicians who focus on bringing us the best music they can create. Debating the pros and cons of the lead vocalists in this band is unnecessary. Mitch Lucker is now, and forever remains a part of the band of brothers that is Suicide Silence. In fact, knowing that his daughter’s education was of the utmost importance, the band members whole-heartedly support The Kenadee Lucker Education Fund, which will provide the financial means for her continuing education. The inherent beauty of music is that we can listen to the early recordings, with Lucker, and the current music, with Hermida, anytime we so desire. It is all Suicide Silence and we do not have to choose one or the other.
Everyone needs a break now and then. Life can be overwhelming. At times, we spend so much time doing what we have to do, that there is little time to do what we want to do. The title track from You Can’t Stop Me is an invitation to take a moment for yourself in the lyrics, “If you’re reckless and free/Speak up, sing this with me/We’re free/We’re free/You can’t fucking stop me”. The words, written by Lucker before he died, hold special meaning for Heylmun who explains, “We have the ability to let go. Being reckless doesn’t necessarily mean go out and be stupid. It means you can be a controlled person, but you do have the ability to find your own interpretation of being reckless and just let it go”. In simple terms, it is okay to have fun every now and then…even if it means singing at the top of your lungs or headbanging to your favorite tunes. With the first song, I instantly forgot my unending homework, schedules, and classes, as I jumped and screamed with my fellow Suicide Silence fans.
Signed to Nuclear Blast Records, the band is currently touring the United States and Canada in support of their newest release, You Can’t Stop Me. You can be a part of The Mitch Lucker Memorial Wall or contribute to The Kenadee Lucker Education Fund by visiting: http://www.suicidesilence.net/donate