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Suicide Silence On The Negative Reaction To Their Self-Titled Album: “The Backlash Was Much More Severe Than We Thought It Would Be”


Originally published in issue #333 earlier this spring, Metal Hammer have now shared their revealing piece on Suicide Silence via their official website. The feature discusses the turbulent times that ensued following the release of the band’s inherently divisive 2017 self-titled release. That outing saw the deathcore outfit enlisting producer Ross Robinson (Korn, Slipknot) for a dive into their nü-metal roots and introduce clean singing in an attempt at reinvigorating their sound.

The piece confirms that the commercial and critical repercussions that followed the album’s release were expected by the band, but not to the degree they transpired. According to the group, their manager left them after being unhappy with the direction they had chosen with the record, while they also saw attendance at some of their shows halved [frontman Eddie Hermida‘s sexual misconduct controversy was not discussed, though it likely also played a part in that.]

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The record also performed poorly commercially as well, landing on the charts with 69% less sales than that of its predecessor. Despite this, the band still feel it was a necessary experience to get to where they are at now with their latest release, “Become The Hunter“. Looking back at that time around the self-titled album, guitarist Chris Garza commented:

“One day things were great and the next it felt like the bottom had fallen out. It was like we were on this rollercoaster, constantly going up and down. I think the only reason we stayed together is because we love what we do so much and we believed everything would eventually work out.”

Frontman Eddie Hermida weighed in:

“We took a lot of heat for the last album and the backlash was much more severe than we thought it would be. That definitely affected us personally. You can’t just shrug this shit off and go, ‘OK, this is just the breeze in the sky. Whatever. No, it’s not ‘whatever’. This is our livelihood and our art. It’s everything we’ve poured our soul and heart into. So, yeah, some of that negativity affected us but it affected us in a way that gave us trajectory and fueled the new record.”

As for why they went in the direction they did with their 2017 outing, Garza stated:

“It became very apparent, after we did the first record with Eddie [2014’s ‘You Can’t Stop Me‘], that the foundation we built with Mitch [Lucker, original vocalist who died in a motorcycle accident in 2012] was no longer stable enough for us to remain standing if we kept going that way. We knew we needed to start over and we were willing to do whatever it took to accomplish that no matter the cost. We realised we needed to change right away if we wanted to be around later.”

Despite the tidal wave of criticism and derision that followed the self-titled release, Hermida still looks back fondly on the record:

“I still love that album. I turn it on today and it still gives me that rush of emotions that I was going through back when I dreamed of being in a band. But we knew that it was going to make waves, which was good. Waves destroy things in their path, but they also clear space for other things to develop.”

The piece also went on to reveal that guitarist Mark Heylmun‘s ‘radical sabbatical’ from the band during the album’s touring cycle was to allow him to spend time with his father before he passed and that bassist Dan Kenny had quit the band for about a week during the album cycle as well. It also touches on the inner turmoil within the band and the tensions that were exacerbated by alcohol abuse.

When asked if he would still have made the self-titled album knowing what he knows now, Garza replied:

“Here’s the thing. Most bands won’t try anything drastically different because they’re afraid to lose momentum and confuse people. We’re not afraid of that. We went into this and saw a huge peak in the distance, but there was a big-ass valley in front of us. We were willing to go through that valley because there was a greater goal, which was to reach the far-away peak.

And running through that valley was hard, but it brought us all closer together even when it was threatening to tear us apart. It was almost like we put ourselves through this personal test of walking through fire and knowing that we were going to get burned in order to get out stronger on the other side.”

You can read the whole feature here. Suicide Silence‘s sixth studio album “Become The Hunter” saw a release this past February.

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