The success of a new singer replacing the much-beloved older one is always like the toss of a coin. Heads, you can be like Ronnie James Dio in Black Sabbath‘s ”Heaven and Hell’ revival; tails, you could turn out like Tim “Ripper” Owens in Judas Priest’s 90s low point. Unless you’re Alissa White-Gluz with Arch Enemy, in which case, that coin may as well have landed upright on its edge. Hernan “Eddie” Hermida‘s entry into deathcore stalwarts Suicide Silence sadly was under more tragic circumstances. After the shocking death of longtime vocalist Mitch Lucker in a motorcycle accident in 2012, the band brought Eddie in as his replacement after almost a year of inactivity. Since then, the group have stoically ushered in the new era of Suicide Silence; from the Mitch Lucker Memorial Show, through their live performances, further into their critically acclaimed album ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ and finally heading towards the upcoming self titled record.
Metal Wani’s William Richards had a chat with Suicide Silence frontman Eddie Hermida. He talks about the upcoming self titled record, fan backlash to latest single ‘Doris’, response to clean vocals on the single, his opinion on why deathcore fans are used to ‘polished, sterile music’, why it’s important for band at this point of their career to replace the sound they once created and how the self titled album is the next phase of Suicide Silence journey.
He also throws light on experimenting more on the record while retaining the core sound, working with producer Ross Robinson for the first time, how Ross challenged his vocals on this record and how far astray of the original Suicide Silence sound are they planning to venture in the future which will face the heat from fans. He also talks about the recent statement by Carnifex frontman on Whitechapel and Suicide Silence being the only “deathcore” bands left in the scene, deathcore fans, upcoming tour in Europe and US and much more.
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