Riverside, CA is home to the California Museum of Photography, the Parent Washington Navel Orange Tree (one of the two original orange trees in America), a state historic park, and over 300,000 people… including the members of deathcore band Suicide Silence. (note- deathcore is a genre that involves the fusion of other metal spin-offs like black metal, death metal, metalcore, hardcore, etc. They use a combination of both low growl screams and high pitched squeal screams, and a "liberal use" of blast beats and double bass beats on drums)
Formed in 2002, Suicide Silence began as the side project of guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun, drummer Josh Goddard, bassist Mike Bodkins, and vocalists Mitch Lucker and Tanner Womack. They recorded and released the Suicide Silence EP in 2005 in both the UK and the US.
Two years later, their lineup slightly altered (now consisting of Garza, Heylmun, Lucker, drummer Alex Lopez and bassist Dan Kenny), they released their first full-length on Century Media entitled The Cleansing. It debuted at a surprising number 94 on the Billboard 200, selling over 7000 copies in the first week.
Suicide Silence has done a decent amount of touring in the past four years- and by decent, I mean A LOT. They took part in the acclaimed metal tour known as Mayhem Festival with Underoath in 2008, and toured both America and Europe with Bury Your Dead and Australian deathcore band Parkway Drive in late 2008. They were a part of the Pedal to the Metal tour in 2009, playing alongside the iconic metal bands Mudvayne, Static-X, Dope, and Black Label Society. They headlined the Music as a Weapon IV tour, alongside Born of Osiris, Spineshank, and Bury Your Dead. They landed themselves a spot opening for Megadeath in late 2009, and in early 2010, they even ran a short headlining tour in South America.
Suicide Silence released their second full-length, No Time To Bleed, on June 30, 2009. It peaked at an astonishing-for-their-genre #32 on the Billboard 200 and sold a whopping 14,000 copies in its first week.
(Suicide Silence did not cred this photographer, so alas, I cannot either.)
Suicide Silence was featured on the Vans Warped Tour in 2010, and rocked the Altec Lansing stage alongside bands like Whitechapel, Emmure, Parkway Drive, Attack Attack!… and Hey Monday. The Time To Bleed Tour will launch in October of 2010, and Suicide Silence will be accompanied by newcomers to the scene, Mychildren Mybride, as well as The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza.
In mid-2010, vocalist Mitch Lucker was featured in ads for American Rag for Macy's. This is not relevant to their music, but was a surprise to me when I opened a copy of Teen Vogue and saw him staring back at me.