An Interview with Mark Heylmun of Suicide Silence, out on tour this summer for Mayhem Fest



“When the heart grieves over what is has lost,

the spirit rejoices over what it has left.”  – Sufi Epigram

 Suicide Silence have emerged from the tragedy of losing their frontman Mitch Lucker on October 31, 2012.  They not only lost a frontman, they lost a best friend, brother, and so much more.  It is through moving forward that their spirit rejoiced and are looking ahead into a bright future.  With the introduction of  Hernan “Eddie” Hermida as new vocalist, the band is stronger than ever and ready to do what they love, make music and perform.

Suicide Silence recently released their heavy new track, “Cease To Exist” just a couple weeks ago and it has been well received and garnering a lot of great attention. It is a bad ass heavy track that you have to check out. The song comes off their forthcoming album, “You Can’t Stop Us” which is set for a July 15th release in the US. “Suicide Silence have declared You Can’t Stop Me as their most impassioned, most committed, and most important release thus far. It’s a record they fought, bled, sweated and even cried to make happen. Consequently, it’s a record that must be heard. As Suicide Silence have found new life and empowerment in the compositions boiling within You Can’t Stop Me, so shall their increasingly strong army of supporters, both old and new, who share in that empowerment. If a rising heavy metal band can overcome a tragedy this triumphantly, this definitively, this absolutely, then surely there’s hope for us all.”

The band is looking forward to getting back out on the road as they return on the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Fest, set to begin on July 5th in San Bernardino, CA and end on August 10th in The Woodlands, TX. We had the chance to chat with guitarist, Mark Heylmun and discuss the new album and upcoming tour. We are pleased to bring that interview to you here:


We are excited to catch them out on the road this summer and look forward to bringing you a video update during Mayhem Fest. They will be heading out to Europe for several dates prior to returning to the US and begin Mayhem Fest. Tickets for Mayhem Fest are available now and more details can be found at  Make sure to check the dates below and see which show you are coming out to:

  Date Venue Location
  Jun 05 Rock AM Ring Nürburg, Germany
  Jun 07 Rock Im Park Nuremberg, Germany
  Jun 08 Le GRILLEN Colmar, France
  Jun 10 Beastfestw/ Thy Art Is Murder Hamburg, Germany
  Jun 11 Futurumw/ Thy Art Is Murder Prague, Czech Republic
  Jun 12 Bi Nuu Berlin, Germany
  Jun 13 Copenhell Copenhagen, Denmark
  Jun 15 Download Festival Park, United Kingdom
  Jun 17 Velicano Khabarovsk, Russian Federation
  Jun 18 Rock City Novosibirsk, Russian Federation
  Jun 20 Club Moscow Hall Moscow, Russian Federation
  Jun 21 Mod St. Petersburg, Russian Federation
  Jun 22 Nummirock Festival Kauhajoki, Finland
  Jun 23 Fangelset Gothenburg, Sweden
  Jun 25 Patronaatw/ Thy Art Is Murder Haarlem, Netherlands
  Jun 26 FLECHE D’ OR Paris, France
  Jun 29 Graspop Metal Meetingw/ Thy Art Is Murder Dessel, Belgium
  Jul 05 San Manuel Amphitheater formerly Glen Helen Pavilion San Bernardino, CA
  Jul 06 Shoreline Amphitheater Mountain View, CA
  Jul 07 Hawthorne Theater w/ Cannibal Corpse Portland, OR
  Jul 08 White River Amphitheater Auburn, WA
  Jul 09 Idaho Center Amphitheater Nampa, ID
  Jul 11 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
  Jul 12 Isleta Amphitheatre Albuquerque, NM
  Jul 13 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO
  Jul 15 The Granada Theater w/ Cannibal Corpse Lawrence, KS
  Jul 16 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St Louis Maryland Heights, MO
  Jul 17 DTE Energy Music Theatre Clarkston, MI
  Jul 18 Eagle’s Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
  Jul 19 Klipsch Music Center Noblesville, IN
  Jul 20 First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL
  Jul 22 Xfinity Theatre Mansfield, MA
  Jul 23 Saratoga Performing Arts Center Saratoga Springs, NY
  Jul 25 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre Toronto, Canada
  Jul 26 First Niagara Pavilion Burgettstown, PA
  Jul 27 Xfinity Theatre Hartford, CT
  Jul 28 Higher Ground w/ Cannibal Corpse Burlington, VT
  Jul 29 Darien Lake PAC Darien Center, NY
  Jul 31 Starland Ballroom w/ Cannibal Corpse Sayreville, NJ
  Aug 01 Susquehanna Bank Center Camden, NJ
  Aug 02 Toyota Pavilion Scranton, PA
  Aug 03 Jiffy Lube Live Bristow, VA
  Aug 04 Ziggy’s w/ Cannibal Corpse Winston Salem, NC
  Aug 05 Lakewood Amphitheatre Atlanta, GA
  Aug 06 Memphis International Speedway Memphis, TN
  Aug 07 OKC Downtown Airpark Oklahoma City, OK
  Aug 08 Jake’s w/ Cannibal Corpse Lubbock, TX
  Aug 09 Gexa Energy Pavilion Dallas, TX
  Aug 10 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion The Woodlands, TX


We are excited for the new album and you can get your pre-orders in now. There are a variety of pre-order bundles available at  Suicide Silence “You Can’t Stop Us” Pre-Order via Nuclear Blast.  To get you ready for the new album, check out the first single, “Cease To Exist” here:


Make sure to visit their social media sites to stay up to date on the latest news and hopefully we will see you in the Pit this summer!

~ Marisol

Information & Links:

Suicide Silence is:

  • Eddie Hermida – Vocals
  • Chris Garza – Guitar
  • Mark Heylmun – Guitar
  • Dan Kenny – Bass
  • Alex Lopez – Drums

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