You Can't Stop Me”, the fourth album by the California based metal act Suicide Silence, will be released on friday, the 11th july. The first album featuring vocalist Hernan "Eddie" Hermida and the first album to not feature original singer Mitch Lucker, who died in 2012. We asked Eddie a few questions about the band and the new album
Hallo. First of I would like to congratulate you on your forthcoming album “You Can’t Stop Me”. Could you start out by introducing yourself and tell us what part in the band you have?
Hello! Thank you! My name is Eddie Hermida and I am the vocalist for Suicide Silence.
Why did you choose this title for the record, does it have any special meaning?
Actually the person who chose the name of the record was Mitch. He left behind some lyrics where the chorus was You Can't Stop Me so we felt it was too perfect for what we had just gone through. It couldn't be a better fit.
This is of cause a sore subject, but after Mitch Lucker, there were a lot of speculation of Suicide Silence would return, so it was quite a surprise when you announced that the band would continue with Hernan "Eddie" Hermida as the new vocalist. How did you end up working with Eddie and what does he bring to the table in terms of the new material?
Well, I am not too sure how they decided I was to be the dude but I definitely think that it was because of friendship I had established with everyone since the beginning of our careers. I have been like a brother to these guys for so long. The transition has been really fluid and easy.
When did you start working on this album, how long did the process take from the first step to the final product? Was it hard to write new material for this record or did it come naturally for you?
We started right in the first week of September. We started jamming and playing covers. The guys had a bunch of riffs they had already worked on and we made music 5-6 days a week until November. Soon as December hit we were in the studio recording and putting finishing touches on songs. All in all it was about 4 months.
You once again worked with Steve Evetts, who produced and mixed the album, how was it to work with Evetts again? What did he bring to the table?
He is like a sixth member in the band when it comes to writing. This was my first time working with him and I was really excited. He really pushed me to get full and natural takes. I have always enjoyed doing things more so on my own but working with someone who is trying to get me to hit targets with my voice was a lot of fun. As far as the music goes it really helped us write songs with strong and fluid structure. I am very happy we went with Steve again.
Are you trying to express something through your music?
Of course! We want to express the sadness, anger, concern and confusion you feel when you lose a best friend. The same emotions you feel when you bring another friend in to do the job and what those concerns may be. Overall we wanted to portray the attitude it must take to push forward through adversity. The strength it takes to do what is right.
Since the release is only a few weeks away now, how has the response from the press been?
So damn good!!! Everyone has told us they love the record! Mostly the big compliment is how well I fit in with the band. Makes me feel really welcome.
You have released two songs from the new album, latest the song “Don't Die”, how has the new material been received from the fans so far?
Again, the response has been overwhelmingly positive! A few haters but that is expected. I don't care about them. At least they are paying attention and feeling something!
Who did the artwork and what is the idea behind it?
The artwork came together really quickly honestly. We had a couple of meetings regarding the idea and the end result is what everyone in the band was happy with. It is meant to be a man overcoming being in the deepest of holes and making their way to the top. Much like we are all doing in the band. Our time is now! Thanks to Tim Minarzik for capturing our vision!
The album features some impressive guest vocals from Death metal legend George “Corpsegrinder” Fisher of Cannibal Corpse and Greg Puciato from The Dillinger Escape Plan and Killer Be Killed, why did you choose to work with these two bad asses? And did the songs come out as expected?
Well the why is answered in your own question! They are fucking bad asses!!! The songs came out ten times better than I had hoped! I am absolutely happy as a vocalist to not only be sharing the microphone with such awesome dudes but with such vocal inspirations like them.
How would you compare the material on this release to your previous material, on your latest album “The Black Crown” from 2014?
It is the next step in the evolution of Suicide Silence. Working with evetts really helped the album have many of the same traits as TBC but move forward in the way it needed to. Obviously the sound went through a massive change with me being the new vocalist. I love our sound and think we hit a home run with this record.
What kind of stuff did you grow up listening to, and what kind new music do you listen to these days?
Man I grew up listening to everything from Venezuelan folk music to Suffocation. I am a huge fan of The Beatles as much as I am a huge fan of Kendrick Lamar and Dying Fetus.
Have any of these bands been source of inspiration for the album?
Absolutely. If you can not draw some sort of inspiration from the art you fill your heart with I feel you are missing the point. My inspiration leads me to sing. Your inspiration may lead you to draw a picture or do whatever you do in life with more heart. Either way art is meant to move people and the art I surround myself with always inspires me to make my own art.
In your time as musicians, what is your biggest musical achievement so far and what has been your biggest experience through the years?
I would say joining this band has been my biggest achievement because I am able to do something selfishly selfless. I get to represent on behalf of Mitch and our band gets to move forward. We also give a portion of our money to a foundation that will take care of Mitch's daughter when she is older.
Could we expect any European tour and maybe see the band back in action here in Denmark any time soon?
Of course! We love it out here. Can't wait to come back! Copenhell proved there is a lot of love for Suicide Silence in Denmark!
What would be the ultimate tour, festival or show for you to play at?
We already played Copenhell!
Do you have any breaking news with the bands?
Just the record coming out July 14th! Be fucking readyyyyy!!
That’s all we’ve get this time, do you have anything that you'd like to add or say?
We love our fans more than life itself. We do this everyday for you! Thank you for your love!
We would like to say thanks a lot for your time. And we wish all you guys all the luck in the future whatever it might bring.
- Band/Kunstner: Suicide Silence
- Interview med: Eddie Hermida (Vocals)
- Interview dato: Fredag, 27 Juni 2014
- Samarbejdspartner: Nuclear Blast Records