It's been eight years since the sudden passing of Suicide Silence frontman Mitch Lucker, who died in November 2012 in a motorcycle crash. The band has went on to see a lot of success and some rejection with their self-titled release. But through it all, guitarist Chris Garza thinks Mitch would've been proud.
Garza spoke to Audio Ink Radio and Garza was asked if he thinks Mitch would've been proud of what the band has done since Mitch passed away, and Garza responded:
"I would like to think so. When I think about him and that kind of subject and that stuff, I always [think about what would happened] if I flipped the script and what if I died and he went on? What would I be proud of? What would I want him to do? So I would like to think that he's proud, because ever since that day, I was the only one in the band at the hospital; I was the only one there. I saw it happen in front of me. And from that moment on, I've been kind of treating it literally that way: what would I want him to do [if I had died and he had lived]? And that's exactly what I do, regardless of the cost or the sacrifices, and I think he would be proud of that."
I would agree. In a 21017 interview with Revolver, Mitch's replacement, All Shall Perish vocalist Eddie Hermida revealed Mitch was taking signing lessons when he died because he wanted to expand the band's sound:
“In All Shall Perish, I had already explored the various styles of my voice. That band was very melodic to begin with,” he explains.
“On that tour, I had a conversation with Mitch about the future of deathcore and the future for Suicide Silence. And he said he had started taking [vocal] lessons on The Black Crown and that the next record they did would probably have some sort of clean vocals. So even when I first joined Suicide Silence, I knew this next record would have some.”
“What I did not know,” he adds with a laugh, “is how much.”
Suicide Silence kick off a virtual tour later this week. They released their heavy return to form, Become the Hunter, earlier this year.