"A lot of the hate has calmed down" - Suicide Silence
California deathcore types Suicide Silence return with their fourth album You Can't Stop Me next week, an album born from the most painful of circumstances. Until 2012, Suicide Silence were a respected, successful metal band with three well-received records under their belts and an army of loyal fans. But then at the end of that year, tragedy struck. Frontman Mitch Lucker, the band's charasmatic singer, died after sustaining serious injuries in a motorcycle accident, aged just 28.
Tributes poured in, with the band even organising a concert to commemorate Lucker's life with a slew of high-profile guest vocalists taking it in turns to sing Lucker's songs, with the likes of Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlilie, Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe and Asking Alexandria's Danny Worsnop among those who sang.
Following this, the band understandably took some time off, figuring out what they should do next, eventually they decided to press on and regrouped with new vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida to make You Can't Stop Me. We spoke to Hermida to find out all about making the album...
How are you feeling ahead of the album's release?
"So excited to see how people react to this record. Most of my anxieties were calmed after the release of Cease To Exist. I am really proud of this record and I feel like it is going to blow your mind! A lot of the hate for me has calmed down. Now we just gotta get this record out!!"
When did you begin the process of making this new album - how was it?
"I would say we got to work writing this record in September of 2013. Everything flowed so well that I really felt at home even though I was working on something so new. The guys had such a great energy and were such warriors during the whole process. We spent a lot of time with Steve before actually going into the studio. That was a brand new for me. I really loved the whole experience."
Did you approach the band or did the band approach you for the role?
"They came to me. At the time, I was singing for another band named All Shall Perish."
Did the rest of the band say how it felt and what the differences were with you being in the studio comparitively to when Mitch was there?
"Yeah, I mean we would all talk about what every moment of the record felt like. I have really seen the dynamic of the band change. It has been such an overall pleasure to watch my friends express themselves."
What kind of album is this lyrically?
"To put it simply, it is a negatively positive album. It is about how even when life is the bane of your entity you still have the ability to change your perspective and see past the pain. We also touch on some religion, social, and personal struggles. I think this record is for letting go and still having the ability to move forward."
Suicide Silence's new album You Can't Stop Me is released on Monday (July 14) and is available for pre-order in hmv stores now.