Suicide Silence: The Mitch Lucker Memorial Show

Stars align to honour late firebrand frontman

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This DVD isn’t here to prove musical points, more as a document to show respect. It does manage to showcase two things, however: firstly, just why Suicide Silence were considered streets ahead of the deathcore pack and, secondly, just how integral Mitch Lucker, or any great vocalist to any band, was to their success.

After a few shots of, and interviews with, an emotional crowd, the show begins with Job For A Cowboy’s Jonny Davy kicking off the revolving vocalist spot in fine style. With so many singers there were always going to be peaks and troughs and some performers struggle to capture Mitch’s special something, even with the quality of material behind them.

Even established stars like Tim Lambesis and Chad Gray can’t quite emulate his delivery. The good news is that new SS vocalist Eddie Hermida puts in a stirring shift on Slaves To Substance that bodes well for the new album.

By the end, Robb Flynn’s acoustic cover of Black Sabbath’s Die Young, Max Cavalera smashing through Roots Bloody Roots and a vicious Randy Blythe performance of You Only Live Once make this a fitting tribute to the man.

Stephen Hill

Since blagging his way onto the Hammer team a decade ago, Stephen has written countless features and reviews for the magazine, usually specialising in punk, hardcore and 90s metal, and still holds out the faint hope of one day getting his beloved U2 into the pages of the mag. He also regularly spouts his opinions on the Metal Hammer Podcast.