Thursday, November 1, 2012

Suicide Silence Frontman Passes Away

Sad news to report for us metalheads. Mitch Lucker, vocalist for Riverside, CA death-metal act Suicide Silence passed away. He was 28.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Lucker lost control of his Harley and struck a pole. His motorcycle then struck another car. The driver was unharmed.

Suicide Silence helped pioneer the "deathcore" and is arguably the most popular band in that scene. The vocals of Lucker featured guttural growls, followed by ear-piercing shrieks. The band was one of the heaviest bands in the metal scene today. They planned to play the California Metalfest, which features As I Lay Dying and Killswitch Engage.

Suicide Silence formed in the peak of my love for attending shows. Between 2003-2007, I attended hundreds of concerts and saw Suicide Silence perform a few times. The lyrics were violent, anti-religious and often disturbing. All reasons why they were great. The band's performances were fully of energy and were extremely intense.

Lucker is about the same age as I am, so it kind of hits home for me. I never had the opportunity to meet him, but the band seemed passionate about their craft. Their last album "The Black Crown" debuted at #29 on the Billboard charts, selling over 14,000 copies in its first week of release.

One will wonder what the future will hold for the band, but they do have an important place in metal in the 2000's. RIP Mitch.