Suicide Silence

Metaldays - 2015

Text: Tobias Nilsson Photo: Lunah Lauridsen

Metaldays 2015 was moving towards its inevitable end, but before that happened, the festival had a few more tricks up its sleeve. The North American deathcore band Suicide Silence was one of these, and they were just about to hit the main stage, as we scrambled over there.

“We are used to taking a lot of crap from metal fans, but I just want to say that we are a part of the scene as well, and you make us what we are!”
- Hernan ‘Eddie’ Hermida (vocals)

Well, despite the fact that they tried to play the underdog card for whatever reason, Suicide Silence had managed to pull quite a crowd. It wasn’t the most tightly filled crowd, but there were a lot of people nonetheless, and they were ready to have their asses kicked.
Delivering the usual deathcore deal, Suicide Silence gave us a hard-hitting musical experience from beginning to end, but thankfully it didn’t end there. Suicide Silence delivered on all platforms, and their performance was as hard-hitting as their music, and Hernan ‘Eddie’ Hermida did a great job keeping the crowd entertained by talking when the music paused. He even squeezed in an homage to the actual headliner of the day, as he mentioned it was a great honour to be opening for Behemoth. Well, true, this is probably not a mash-up that would happen anywhere else than here.

“You people on the hill, I don’t care if you sit down and have a rest as long as you’re having a good time. You guys in the middle, I want you to go fucking crazy!”
- Hermida (vocals)

Their crowd wasn’t ready to move on to the next band though, as they were actively enjoying Suicide Silence right now. Already from the beginning, the mosh was wild, and later we would get both a furious wall of death, and a song-long circlepit. Not surprisingly, when Hermida asked whether we were ready to pack it up and go home, or if we wanted to stay at the festival, the answer was a resounding “yes”!
Still, bassist Dan Kenny pretended not to hear us, and made the fans scream even louder than before. When the band needed at second breath, Mark Heylmun gave Hermida a big, pink bong to suck on, to everyone’s amusement.

I have to admit, I had a slight bit of prejudice towards Suicide Silence going in, but they really surprised me in a positive way with their performance. So, even though the music still doesn’t do it for me, I will give them that they truly know how to handle a crowd. A card well played by Metaldays at this late hour.

Setlist (incomplete):

Fuck Everything
Inherit The Crown
Sacred Words

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