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Suicide Silence is an American deathcore band from Riversidemarker, Californiamarker, formed in 2002. The band consists of singer Mitch Lucker, guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun, drummer Alex Lopez and bassist Dan Kenny. Since their inception, the band has released two full-length studio albums, two EPs, four music videos and won two awards.


The Cleansing (2002-2008)

Suicide Silence were founded in 2002 in Riverside, Californiamarker, by members Mitch Lucker and Chris Garza and performed their first show at a local area within Riverside and at that time the band consisted of the members Chris Garza and Josh Goddard as guitarists, Mike Bodkins as bassist, Alex Lopez as drummer and two vocalists, Mitch Lucker and Tanner Womack. Shortly after their first performance, Womack was fired from the band and they released their first demo the following next year. They released their second demo in 2003 and recorded their third in 2005. Following within 2005, the band released an EP entitled Suicide Silence EP, two years later, the band released their first full-length album The Cleansing, the album was recorded with producer Krissan Duwason and mixed by Tue Madsen. The album debuted at number 94 on the Billboard 200, selling 7,250 copies the first week, and became the second best-selling artist debut in Century Media history.

All prior to signing to Century Media, the band released self-recorded demos in 2003 and 2004, and in late 2005 the group put out their first quality studio-recorded release entitled Suicide Silence EP which was released in the UK by Third Degree Records and later re-released by the English label In at the Deep End Records and in the US by SOS Records. The band were included to take part in Mayhem Festival that took place summer 2008. They toured Europe with Parkway Drive and Bury Your Dead, following a successful US tour with the same bands. Also touring with Parkway Drive, A Day to Remember and The Acacia Strain in mid 2008 during the time when they were included to perform at Sweat Fest, and were beginning to gain a wide range of fans throughout the world.

In 2008 the band covered the song "Engine No. 9" by Deftones that appeared on their debut album Adrenaline, Suicide Silence released the cover on their limited edition second EP Green Monster as well as iTunes.

No Time to Bleed (2008-present)

Shortly before embarking on the Mayhem Festival, the band's MySpace profile title read "Suicide Silence (Is writing a new album)". On June 26, 2008, Mitch Lucker appeared on the Headbangers Ball blog podcast. In the interview, Mitch stated that the new album would be recorded through tracks as opposed of being recorded live, such as The Cleansing. The album was released on June 30, 2009, but was previewed on MySpace in the days leading up to the release. He also said the new album would "blow The Cleansing away". Machine was chosen by the band to be the producer of the album.

Suicide Silence began recording their second album entitled No Time to Bleed in February with producer Machine and engineer Will Putney. The band has been playing four new songs, entitled "No Time to Bleed", "Your Creations", "Lifted" and "Wake Up" from the upcoming album on their Cleansing the Nation tour, and the Music As A Weapon tour. In April they received the Revolver Golden God award for "Most Innovative Band" and performed at the awards show.

Suicide Silence were included on 2009's Pedal to the Metal tour, along with the bands Mudvayne, Static-X, Bury Your Dead, Dope and Black Label Society.

In 2009, Suicide Silence was awarded the Golden God award for "Best New Talent", their second Golden God award received to date.

Suicide Silence released their second full-length album No Time to Bleed on June 30, 2009 through Century Media with Machine as producer. The album peaked at #32 on the Billboard 200. Their song "Genocide" is featured in the Saw VI soundtrack.

Styles and influences

Suicide Silence perform an extreme metal musical style known as deathcore, which is a fusion between the two heavy metal musical styles metalcore and death metal. The band perform this style as well as gain influences from several extreme musical genres such as black metal, grindcore, and mathcore. The mathcore elements can be seen in the varied speed changes and occasional time signatures of the band's music. The vocals of Mitch Lucker are frequently fluctuating between death growls and high-pitched screamed vocals used in black metal. The drumming is very fast-paced, grindcore influenced, and employs a liberal use of double bass drumming and blast beats.

Band members


  • Tanner Womack – vocals
  • Josh Goddard – guitar, drums
  • Mike Bodkins – bass guitar


Studio albums
  • 2003 Demo (2003)
  • 2004 Demo (Family Guy Demo) (2004)
  • 2006 Pre-Prod Demo (2005)


Year Title Director
2008 "The Price of Beauty" Matt Bass
2008 "Bludgeoned to Death" David Brodsky
2009 "Unanswered" Century Media
2009 "Wake Up" David Brodsky


  1. US Golden Gods - The Winners
  2. Allmusic - Sucide Silence Billboard charts
  3. Fangoria — Final lineup for the SAW VI SOUNDTRACK revealed!. Retrieved 2009-10-07
  4. Roadrunner Records - info on No Time to Bleed - "'No Time To Bleed', the new album from California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE"
  5. Headbanger's Blog - MTV — Suicide Silence. Retrieved 9-17-09
  6. Alex Henderson: "What is deathcore?'s essentially metalcore... Drawing on both death metal and hardcore..."
  7. "This is deathcore. This is what happens when death metal and hardcore, along with healthy doses of other heavy music styles, are so smoothly blended..."
  8. Billboard, Allmusic
  9. "Bludgeoned" — Suicide Silence - MTV Networks

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