Apparently, it took one of them drinking and driving into a stationary object on a motorcycle for the boys of Suicide Silence to realize they were imbibing and abusing drugs too hard.
When Mitch Lucker died nearly two years ago, Suicide Silence guitarists Chris Garza and Mark Heylmun claim that’s when they put down the illicit substances and the booze for good.
“We were the ‘party band.’ On tour, the other bands would come to our bus [to get wasted]. I made it a point to drink as much as possible, every night. When you’re drunk all the time, you really don’t give a fuck about yourself, let alone the people around you.”
He admitted he doesn’t remember much about the record cycle for The Black Crown, because he was always so fucked up.
“The drinking grew along with the size of the band. Before I knew it, I was getting blackout drunk every night for months at a time. The whole period up through The Black Crown is all a blur for me. People ask me about different stories from the road, or even about Mitch, and I get really pissed off at myself, because there’s so much I don’t remember.”
Heylmun cops to “barely” remembering pulling Lucker’s memorial show together, adding:
“I was under so much post-traumatic stress. I hardly even remember playing. I was all over the place. I had no idea what I was going to do. I was trying to sober up. All I knew was I had a big monkey on my back, as far as drinking and consuming different things, for three years straight.”
Read more about them quitting fun here.
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