Underground. Where else would you expect to find the true blood and guts of the extreme metal scene? The filthiest, most brutal bands dishing out the most intense punishment are here, unfettered by here-today-gone-tomorrow trends or the temptation to conform to some notion of what a metal band should be. Suicide Silence, an astonishingly well-developed five-piece from Riverside, CA, are a true product of that always thriving underground, a band single-mindedly focused on creating rabidly heavy and aggressive music.
Suicide Silence started in late 2002 as a side project for its members who were all involved in other local bands at the time. Things didn’t get serious, however, until 2004, when the current lineup was solidified. “Early on we were slower and sludgier,” explains drummer Josh Goddard, “but through a few member changes the sound became more powerful and energetic.” This mix of musicians brought together their influences—death metal, grindcore, black metal, hardcore, doom—and combined them into songs that are complex without being mystifying, and savagely fast and explosive without becoming a featureless blur.