Suicide Silence: "Instead of trying to write like Malmsteen or Vai, I like making people go, 'What the hell just happened?'"

Mark Heylmun and Chris Garza of Suicide Silence
(Image credit: Scott Legato/Getty Images)

Returning this year with sixth full-length Become The Hunter, Suicide Silence guitarists Mark Heylmun and Chris Garza felt it was about time they went back to doing what they do best. While their self-titled fifth album - produced by Ross Robinson [Slipknot, Korn, Sepultura] - marked a departure from the brain-bursting heaviness the Californian deathcore quintet were known for, its successor is more like the Suicide Silence of old, thriving in all kinds of wicked sonic extremities. 

Considering everything they’ve been through since forming in 2002, including the tragic death of original frontman Mitch Lucker, this is a band who don’t give in too easily…

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).