“The record industry is dying,” spits Suicide Silence's Eddie Hermida.
“It’s becoming stale because the higher-ups and the people that run things put too much value into what people say on the internet and forget that there are a plethora of people out there who are not being catered to.
"We’re going to show the industry that this online world we’ve been putting so many of our fears and anxieties into isn’t actually real."
It’s a mightily brave stance to take, but let’s face it, this isn’t the first time Suicide Silence, and especially Eddie, have felt the slings and arrows of the comments section.
When the 33-year-old joined the band in 2013, he did so as the replacement of Mitch Lucker, the band’s iconic former frontman who died tragically young in a motorbike accident and is considered a hero by metal fans the globe over.
Those were some big shoes to fill, and plenty of longtime fans made their distaste for the new frontman known. Only a year later the five-piece released the genre-defining ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ though, laying the smackdown on more than a few haters.
“When I joined I believed that it was still 100 per cent Mitch’s band,” notes Eddie.
“The fanbase I stepped into, the songs I was playing, they were Mitch’s. On ‘You Can’t Stop Me’ I had Mitch’s spirit with me onstage; in the recording studio I felt his presence.
"But in these four years I’ve gotten the chance to put on the Suicide Silence coat and make it mine, put my own patches on it, style it out in my way."
Suicide Silence's self-titled album is out now, and you can read Eddie' full interview in this month's Rock Sound!