It’s not like the writing wasn’t on the wall that Suicide Silence might have a first slow week with their self-titled album. The band’s shift in direction from deathcore to a more nu-metal sound wasn’t well-received by fans, and they had their lowest week of sales of their career. That being said, singer Eddie Hermida is putting on a brave face in interviews, having spoken to Music Frenzy recently about the switch, doubling down that the band has made the record they wanted to make:
“Everything seems to be crumbling to pieces, and that is exactly what is going to make me go harder, and push harder, and just become a better musician. Everything that is happening is happening for a reason, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of everything.
Further, he exclaimed:
“This is the record that we were born to make as a band. Everything that has ever led up to this very moment… I was born to create that record. I was born to sound exactly like I sound on that record. I was born to take all the flak. I was born to understand and grow from what happened on this record. This record was 100% the culmination of how hiding and making yourself that little fly on the wall, as opposed to standing firm and being who you’re supposed to be, it can kill you inside. It can make you feel like you’re not worth anything. Even if you sell 16,000 records and you end up with No. 13 on the Top 200 Billboard list, you can still feel empty inside if you’re not following your heart 100%.”
It’s certainly the right attitude to have about the album. It’ll take a bit to see if this album becomes the band’s version of Cold Lake or Illud Divinum Insanus, or is the beginning of a total new direction for the band. Regardless, if they stand behind the album they made, then it doesn’t matter what some of the fans think.