Suicide Silence’s Eddie Hermida: ‘You Can Still Feel Empty If You’re Not Following Your Heart 100 Percent’
Suicide Silence took an artistic risk, delivering a more clean vocal sound on their recently released self-titled album and it's been a move that has generated some backlash from the band's longtime fans. The disc placed lower on the Billboard charts than most of their previous works, but vocalist Eddie Hermida is standing behind the move to a more clean vocal sound.
Speaking with Music Frenzy, Hermida addressed the criticism and lagging sales numbers, stating that it's just pushing him harder as a musician. "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," says the singer. "Everything that is happening is happening for a reason, and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of everything."
A little later in the interview, the singer adds, "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."
He continues, "This record was 100 percent 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 percent."
As for the response from those outside of Suicide Silence's camp, Hermida says, "If people don't like it, then I succeeded even more because I'm learning from my mistakes, quote unquote mistakes, even though it's not a mistake -- it was meant to be the way it is. We don't need people to respect it. We just wanted to kick ass and listen to it and say 'f--k yeah.'"
Suicide Silence are heading off to the U.K. to tour in support of the album, but will return stateside for upcoming appearances at the Rock on the Range and Chicago Open Air festivals. See all of their scheduled dates here.
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