Suicide Silence, who have just released their new album You Can’t Stop Me with vocalist Eddie Hermida, are currently touring with Cannibal Corpse and Wretched. I caught up with their Summer 2014 tour at the famous Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, New Jersey to watch some face-shredding death metal.
What struck me about this show was the vast diversity in the crowd. There is no doubt about the fact that Suicide Silence and Cannibal Corpse attract very different groups of fans, but I was still surprised to see everyone from old school metal heads to teenage girls, to some people that just looked totally out of place. A survey of t-shirts in the crowd was also mildly surprising. There were the obvious Cannibal Corpse and Suicide Silence shirts, as expected, but others ranged from Meshuggah to Death to Devourment to D.R.I. to NOFX (which was worn by the vocalist of Wretched, who also performed that night).
The openers put on pretty good performances, but it wasn’t until Wretched took the stage that everyone got really fired up and ready to go, and when Suicide Silence performed, the place went wild.
This was the first time I had seen Suicide Silence live since before Mitch Lucker’s untimely death in 2012, so I wasn’t sure if the band still performed old material with new vocalist Eddie Hermida. After waiting about 30 minutes after Wretched finished up, the band finally took the stage and launched into a track from their new album, You Can’t Stop Me.
My curiosity was soon answered as Suicide Silence began to play a few songs from 2007’s The Cleansing. Unsurprisingly, when the fan favorite “No Pity For A Coward” began, the crowd went absolutely ballistic especially during the infamous “pull the trigger bitch” breakdown at the end of the song. Hermida’s vocals were on point for the entire performance, and his crowd reception was awesome as he began a wall of death for “Bludgeoned To Death,” another track from the 2007 album.
The real highlight of the night had to be “You Can’t Stop Me” from their newest album of the same name. The song lends itself well to New Jersey’s famously out-of-control crowd, and the moshing and slamming was going full force all night long. Members of Darkest Hour and Fit For An Autopsy also mingled in the crowd during Suicide Silence’s performance, and Eddie Hermida made sure to give them a shout-out in between songs.
Suicide Silence blew the roof off Starland Ballroom, and put on an unforgettable performance, finishing up with “You Only Live Once” which was the first track recorded with the new vocalist after Mitch Lucker’s death. After Suicide Silence, I was so exhausted from screaming and moshing that I could barely stand up by the time Cannibal Corpse took the stage, and as I walked back to the merch tables in between the two band’s sets, I heard multiple audience members proclaim “Better with Eddie” in regards to the addition of Hermida to the band, a decision that many feel changed the band in a positive way while still honoring their fallen vocalist.
For more from Suicide Silence, you can buy concert tickets or purchase a CD here.
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