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R.I.P.: Mitch Lucker (Suicide Silence), 28

For those of you who have their ear down to the ground within the social media networks, you already know the rather sad news. If not, here’s the official press release issued from Nuclear Blast Records:

It is with great sadness and regret this morning that we have to report that Mitch Lucker, vocalist of SUICIDE SILENCE, passed away a few hours ago due to injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident.

NUCLEAR BLAST would like to offer our condolences to his family, friends, band members and fans worldwide who are affected by this loss.

He left us doing what he loved to do most. He was 28 years old and will be sorely missed.

No matter you’re feelings on him, or Suicide Silence in general, it’s rough that he passed away. I was a fan of his work in the band. His voice is up there as one of my favorites in any form of the Death Metal genre. I also own all of their albums except their latest, which is simply out of lack of funds. Either way, it’s definitely a rough situation.

My fandom of Suicide Silence started back in 2005, when their self-titled EP landed in my inbox at WSFX FM. I didn’t pay much mind to it, nor did it get a lot of spin requests, rather quickly shifting it’s way out of the hot albums to play section, and into the vault, where it should be sitting today unless the station manager felt another Metal giveaway was necessary. Since then, I’ve gone out and purchased each album around the time of it’s release, again, except their latest.

But, what really hits the sworst is that Mitch was only 28 when he crashed and died. Being a man who is only one year younger (give or take obviously), it’s one of those incidents that makes you question your own mortality. And I’m sure I’m not the only one.

If you were to look at this in any sort of positive manner, that would be it. Mitch’s untimely passing will more than likely spark a fire under the asses of his younger, even older fans, to go out there and take charge, whether on stage, or just in the office, their home, or wherever being in command needs you to.

Mitch is definitely one musician I am really going to miss. I loved his voice for the style of music the band performed. Even though I may have given them some flack over the years, they are still one of my favorites to throw in when I want something a little more brutal, and a little less groovey. I’ll be keeping an eye out for the report as to whether alcohol was involved, and hoping like hell it wasn’t the reason.

My deepest and sincerest condolences to the members of Suicide Silence, Mitch’s friends, and especially his wife. I just hope that something good will come out of all of this, and that it may impact those who need it to keep themselves alive and fighting back. I know it has with me. While I may never have met Mitch, or seen him live on stage, I definitely got a wake up call I needed from this, and as a fan, that’s something that means a lot. It just sucks that it came with such a heavy price.

Rest in peace, Mitch, and thanks for everything.

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