Suicide Silence’s eponymous fifth full length album will be here on February 24, the second album with vocalist Hernan “Eddie” Hermida.
Having recorded You Can’t Stop Me previously, Eddie says he now feels more confident about his role in the band’s sound.
As with most new vocalists the reception for his debut was mixed, but Eddie says he is more relaxed now he has had a chance to show himself.
“It (the reaction) was mixed at first and pretty loathing, but the record did great and it’s maintained its place among the other records,” Eddie says.
“I’ve gained some people and lost some people, there are people who will never see past the band having a new singer.”
Eddie says the chemistry involved in participating in a band is like sexual intercourse, or alternatively fighting.
It’s a mixed metaphor, but the colourful creativity behind what he says gives an insight to the passion he feels for the music.
“Before I could just see them having sex on stage with each other – like that’s what playing is, it’s like fucking and fighting,” Eddie says.
“I used to watch them all fuck together and now I get to be in the orgy, but it takes time to get adjusted and comfortable.”
The band’s melodic shift has generated attention, as it draws similarities to Nu Metal and Alternative Metal bands of the ‘90s and ‘00s.
Although it’s hard to deny the group has evolved from their earlier sound, there’s still a strong Deathcore presence on the album.
Early tracks in the album like “Doris” and “Silence” do possess a strong Nu Metal influence, tracks like “Hold Me Up Hold Me Down” retain that classic Suicide Silence Deathcore sound.
“It’s really hard to say we’re not a 100% representation of deathcore, it’s fearlessness in music and a desire to do whatever comes to your heart as an artist,” Eddie says.
“Deathcore is a conglomerate of other styles of metal and when I first started playing it, I just considered it metal.”
The record was produced by Ross Robinson, known for his work with Slipknot, Korn, Sepultura, Machinehead, At The Drive-in and Glassjaw.
“It was a dream come true, I was like a kid in a candy store, Ross was the type of dude to shoot from the hip, if he doesn’t like something he’ll tell you straight to your face,” Eddie says.
“You always want to be in the same shoes as your favourite artist and to be with the producer who created these artists.”