In 2012 heavy metal lost one of its up and coming greats when Mitch Lucker of deathcore band Suicide Silence lost his life in a fatal car accident. Although the band has since moved on without him, there is an obvious element missing in their new music.
Founded in Riverside in 2002, the original band was more like a get together of heavy metal guys from other bands. Mitch Lucker shared vocals with Tanner Womack who was fired then next year after the bands first demo was produced.
After their second demo took off in 2004, the 5 members began to take things more seriously, allowing them to produce a studio record in 2006. Suicide Silence EP was released in the US under the Third Degree Record Label and in the UK under Deep End Records.
After signing with Century Media in 2008, they released the Cleansing, which became one of the labels top selling debut albums in their history. By 2008 they were touring the world and being invited to play at world renowned rock fests all over the planet.
At the end of 2008, Suicide Silence announced plans for its next upcoming studio album No Time to Bleed. Released in 2009 the record made it to number 32 on the billboard 200 with 14,000 sales in the US just in the first week. This led to another headlining world tour and more collaborations with other rock bands.
Their style was unique, and caught on quickly with metal heads all over the world. With raw talent and hard work, they had a made a big name for themselves in a genre that is known to be hard to break into.
Plans were underway for yet another studio album, The Black Crown, by 2011. Lucker talked openly about the lyrics, and the personal nature they would take. The release of this album was just as successful as those prior and sent Suicide Silence’s fame skyrocketing.
Fame stopped short on November 1st 2012 when it was confirmed that Mitch Lucker had perished in a motorcycle accident. Details remain sketchy and it has never been confirmed if the singer had been wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash. Some reports indicate that the crash was intentional, and that Lucker had chosen not to take the proper safety precautions for that reason.
The band did continue on a year later with Eddie Hermida of All Shall Perish taking the lead singer position. They are still producing records today although not with the same roaring success that the original members had.
It is tragic to have such a young life end at the peak of their career. One can’t help but wonder why and if a motorcycle helmet would have saved his life (it’s so easy to jump on a site with reviews and pick an Arai or something like that…what was he thinking??). We salute Mitch for the impact he had on deathcore music and hope that somewhere out there he is still singing.