It’s been just a little over six months since Suicide Silence vocalist Mitch Lucker perished in a motorcycle accident. Just before Christmas, the band played a star-studded memorial show to benefit Lucker’s daugher, Kenadee with various vocalists subbing for Lucker. Since then, the remaining members of the band have laid low, despite rumors of others joining the band as Lucker’s replacement. Guitarist Mark Heylum recently spoke to Loudwire at the Golden Gods Awards about what’s in the band’s future. In short, nothing yet.
Well the mindset right now is that none of us really have the energy after all of this. From going 150,000 miles per hour in the band, going to a different country every week and going at it so hard, then all of a sudden stopping. We don’t want to do anything. We don’t want to think about what we’re going to do. We want to chill out for a little bit and then if something happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t. It’s as simple as that.
That’s as good an answer as they could have given. First of all, Lucker was the most identifiable member of Suicide Silence. If the band were to recruit someone else within six months of tragically losing their singer and act like nothing happened, there’d be a lot of disenfranchised fans. Also, the band is obviously still grieving over the loss of their singer. While it might make sense to regroup with another singer in due time, the band should consider changing their name for the new project. As for now, they deserve all the rest and contemplation they want. In the interim, fans can look forward to a DVD of the memorial show. “Everyone we asked wanted to do it and it was killer and it was one of the most special things that we’ve ever done and it was unreal,” Heylum commented.