California deathcore masters SUICIDE SILENCE have officially announced the addition of ALL SHALL PERISH singer Hernan "Eddie" Hermida to the group's ranks.
Comments SUICIDE SILENCE: "For those of you unfamiliar, our relationship with Eddie goes way back to the 'Spreading Disease Tour', our first U.S. headlining run, in 2006. [Late SUICIDE SILENCE singer] Mitch [Lucker] and Eddie remained longtime friends and we felt that if the band were to continue, it should be with someone Mitch knew personally and respected as both a friend and an artist. We've chosen Eddie as our new frontman in association with this long-standing relationship and countless other attributes, from his quality of character to his dynamic vocal abilities that make him the absolute best fit for this band.
"We hope you all will embrace this decision with open arms understanding that this is what Mitch would have wanted. He would want his brothers to stick together and carry forward what he helped create. Every time we step on stage, it will be in his honor and for his legacy.
"SUICIDE SILENCE will continue."
An audio snippet of the SUICIDE SILENCE song "You Only Live Once" featuring Hermida can be streamed in the YouTube clip below.
Lucker died November 1, 2012 after sustaining injuries in a motorcycle crash in Huntington Beach on Halloween night.
A funeral service for Mitch Lucker was held on November 8, 2012. The ceremony was attended by family and friends.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Lucker struck a light pole near the intersection of Main and 13th streets and was thrown from his 2013 Harley Davidson. The motorcycle continued sliding south on Main Street and struck a northbound 2007 Nissan Titan pickup.
Lucker, who was treated at the scene by paramedics, died shortly after 6 a.m. at UC Irvine Medical Center.
Randy Blythe (LAMB OF GOD), Robb Flynn (MACHINE HEAD) and Max Cavalera (SOULFLY, CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, SEPULTURA) were among the "surprise" guests who performed with with the surviving members of SUICIDE SILENCE at a special show on December 21, 2012 at the Fox theater in Pomona, California as a tribute Mitch Lucker. All proceeds from the event went towards the education of Mitch's six-year-old daughter, Kenadee Lucker.
The Pomona concert was professionally filmed for a DVD that is expected to surface before the end of the year.