The tragic loss of life of Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker in a bike accident on November 1, 2012, robbed the metallic scene of one in all its brightest stars. Simply over a 12 months earlier, Lucker and his bandmates had launched their third album, the acclaimed The Black Crown, which discovered them pulling away from the deathcore scene with which they have been related. Metallic Hammer had caught up with Lucker and his bandmates in a North London tattoo studio across the launch of the album to have a look at the band’s speedy rise and what ought to have been a stellar future. That is what they needed to say…
There are storms flashing and rumbling overhead as we meet Suicide Silence in a North London tattoo studio. We’re chatting with lead guitarist, Mark Heylmun, while admiring the claps of thunder that roll previous as we look ahead to his singer, Mitch Lucker.
“Tour is stress and the one concern a day is ‘The place’s the bathe?’ I want the bathe within the morning and a bathe at night time,” Mitch explains as he arrives and makes himself comfortable.
“Then travelling is terrifying for me as a result of as quickly as we get within the air I simply assume, ‘We’re going to crash,’” he continues morbidly. “The statistic for individuals who die in airplane crashes is for individuals who journey every year. Once you fly 200 instances a 12 months, the speed goes approach up.”
These ideas and actions are all symptomatic of the obsessive-compulsive anxiousness dysfunction that the rangy frontman suffers from. Fortunately for the needs of this interview, it’s not a subject that he’s shy about discussing. It’s well-documented how earlier lyrics have been extra political and anti- spiritual so the truth that O.C.D is the second monitor on the quintet’s third album says quite a bit in regards to the route that Mitch has taken in his songwriting.
“It’s me. I’m not going to attempt to conceal who I’m. I cope with it on a regular basis,” he says matter-of-factly. “I wrote that tune on the As I Lay Dying tour as a result of I went 4 days with out sleep. I’d simply lay in mattress and there’d simply be so many issues that I’d be fascinated by. I lastly simply drank myself to sleep one night time and slept for hours. It was one of the best sleep I ever bought. It’s bizarre to cope with as a result of I don’t know if I’m loopy or if everybody has this… possibly I simply give it some thought extra.”
It’s on tour that Suicide Silence have been debuting two songs from The Black Crown – the menacing sludge riffery of You Solely Dwell As soon as and the snarling name to arms of Fuck The whole lot – and we’re assembly earlier than the final of a 12-date dash throughout Europe which, by way of climate no less than, is ending in the identical totally sodden approach because it began at Obtain Pageant.
“I can’t wait to be on Mayhem Tour and sing Fuck The whole lot each day – it’s going to be the summer time anthem. It’s badass,” Mitch laughs. Whereas the title may make you assume that the message is one in all despondency and negativity, he strikes rapidly and eloquently to dismiss any such ideas. “It’s telling people who when you hate all the things and all the things you see makes you sick and also you’re bummed out on a regular basis, you’re most likely simply watching the information and studying a newspaper,” he explains. “That’s mainstream media and that’s manipulation. They management you by scaring you and that’s what retains individuals inside; that’s what makes you depressing. So recover from it: simply fuck all the things.”
Mark and Mitch discuss warmly and animatedly in regards to the crowds and the reactions Suicide Silence have skilled. They recall listening to entire songs being sung again on the band, making it really feel like they have been “taking part in a California native present.” It being their final gig earlier than heading again house for a couple of days, we requested what they’re wanting ahead to probably the most. Apparently, it’s not a interval of recuperation.
“I’ve two herniated discs in my neck and two slipped discs in my neck. Once you’re on tour for 9 months a 12 months, you don’t have time to let your physique heal,” Mitch says, grimacing. “On the primary 12 months we did Mayhem, I spasmed my neck and it was pulling my shoulders up and my head down however I nonetheless carried out for the remainder of the tour. All of the motion simply wore holes in them and so two of the discs simply popped out. I’m in fixed fucking ache.”
Why doesn’t he take a while to repair his ills?
“I’d like to get acupuncture however there’s no downtime. If I’ve bought break day, I’d reasonably spend time with my daughter than spend three hours getting one thing completed on my neck.”
Mitch doesn’t have as a lot time as he’d like for his physique artwork both: “I’m nonetheless engaged on the big-ass owl on my abdomen. I’m by no means at house so the artist by no means has the possibility to complete it,” he explains. “We embellished my daughter’s nursery with owls so that they’d watch over her; they shield and characterize knowledge. That’s what impressed me to get an owl on my abdomen.”
Whereas he’s simply 26 years previous, Mitch appears fully settled with the thought of being a household man, which is a welcome shock. The nomadic existence of being in a band is extra typically suited to a hard-partying single man however the considerate frontman has robust philosophies on each the professionals and the cons of being away from his house and his household for thus lengthy.
“Being away from my daughter is tough, but it surely makes the time I’m at house approach higher,” he explains. “You see numerous households that don’t even discuss. Everybody’s working, everybody goes to high school and everybody comes house and so they’re drained. Then the day is over and the time can be virtually unappreciated. I don’t need that. After I’m house I’m a 24/7 daddy and housewife. I clear, do laundry and hang around with my household. It makes my time at house far more pleasant.”
The Black Crown is a tremendous juncture at which to launch their profession skywards. Whereas 2007’s The Cleaning was one in all Century Media’s best-selling debut album releases and the 2009 follow-up, No Time To Bleed, hit heady heights within the US album charts, it’s this, their third album, which everyone seems to be anticipating to go stratospheric. Musically, it’s actually a departure from their earlier work. Whereas Mitch retains his deathly snarls and growls all through, a slower, groovier factor is the true change. So why the change in course?
“The ‘give a fuck’ perspective to attempting to put in writing one thing that might impress our friends and people who didn’t take a look at us like we have been an actual metallic band or they checked out us like we’re a younger band that was right here accidentally or only a part,” Mark solutions, with a relaxed manner that belies the annoyance his phrases could convey. “This document we did extra alongside the traces of, ‘Who offers a shit what this band thinks or what this man thinks or what this press outlet goes to say? Let’s simply do one thing that we might be happy with.’ The whole lot got here collectively so completely.”
“We’re not attempting to go as quick as we are able to or shred as laborious as we are able to. This music is extra useful than the final two information as a result of they have been us attempting to impress individuals however that is 100 per cent us,” says Mitch in no unsure phrases.
“All of us talked extra in regards to the course we have been going in additional than ever earlier than,” Mark says whereas Mitch nods in settlement. “Earlier than, we didn’t discuss it, we simply jammed after which we’d document our jams and we’d hearken to components we performed and work out if we may work it right into a tune. That may be the extent of the dialog. This time we went up right into a cabin for a month and lived collectively within the snow. We didn’t actually get that a lot completed however we talked quite a bit about what we needed to do.”
“Development is sweet however you don’t wish to transfer up to now ahead that you simply’re leaving individuals behind,” Mitch says, displaying extra thought and warning earlier than smiling. “I’ve by no means made a document that I favored with Suicide Silence till now. There have been components that I believed have been cool, however this document I fucking love. I can hearken to it from starting to the top and never have an element the place I cringe or chew my finger. I’m happy with it.”
Because the pair discuss their new music, there’s a palpable sense of reduction. It’s virtually as if the burden of being the new new band has been lifted from their shoulders. As males of their mid-to-late-20s, they grew as much as new music within the late 90s and early 00s. That was the time of nu metallic and regardless of clearly being closely influenced by death metal – obvious within the visitor vocals from Frank Mullen of Suffocation on Smashed – it’s the sound of Deftones and Slipknot et al that basically come by on The Black Crown. The looks of Korn’s Jonathan Davis on Witness The Dependancy, for instance, is described by Mitch as “100 per cent, a dream come true.” Nevertheless, it’s telling that even Mark Heylmun is reticent to make use of the phrase ‘nu metal’ whereas speaking in regards to the style of music that affected the band probably the most. So, what do Suicide Silence actually wish to obtain with this new album?
“It’s a approach for us to actually show our influences and who we are saying our influences are. The bands that don’t sound like anyone else; the bands that had just about the identical members all through their entire profession; bands that constantly hold placing out information that don’t sound precisely those earlier than,” says Mark. “We don’t wish to be the following Pantera; not the following Slipknot; not the following Lamb of God. We wanna be Suicide Silence and we wanna be the band that you could’t sound like us with out individuals going, ‘Oh, they’re simply ripping off Suicide Silence.’”
Clearly, it’s necessary for the band to face out from the others however they sound extremely pleased with the place the band is musically.
“We’re not attempting to suit a mould. We’ve at all times simply made our personal music and Suicide Silence has at all times simply gave the impression of Suicide Silence. You’ll be able to hearken to The Black Crown and also you’ll know precisely who it’s,” says Mitch with spectacular and really plausible confidence earlier than occurring to again up his guitarist’s phrases. “So many individuals have tried to mimic it and also you simply can’t try this any extra. This document is us. We stand for The Black Crown. That is our sound.”