Mitch Lucker

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Mitchell Lucker
Suicide Silence - Rockstar Mayhem Festival 2011 West Palm Beach.jpg
Lucker performing with Suicide Silence in 2011
Background information
Birth nameMitchell Adam Lucker
Born(1984-10-20)October 20, 1984
Riverside, California, U.S.
DiedNovember 1, 2012(2012-11-01) (aged 28)
Orange County, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • Songwriter
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • Bass
Years active2002–2012
Labels
Associated acts

Mitchell Adam "Mitch" Lucker (October 20, 1984 – November 1, 2012)[1] was an American vocalist and songwriter who was best known as the lead vocalist for the American deathcore band Suicide Silence.

Music career[edit]

The debut album of Suicide Silence, titled The Cleansing, was one of the biggest-selling Century Media releases with 7,250 copies sold in the first week. Their second album No Time to Bleed was released on June 30, 2009. The band's last album to feature Lucker, The Black Crown was released on July 12, 2011. When asked by Kerrang!, Lucker explained:[2]

I'm not trying to put people's beliefs down – it's about me and my life. This is my head cracked open and poured on the paper! I still have the same beliefs and same views, but I'm more open to everything. At this point in my life, I don't see the good in making people hate you for something you say. This record is for everybody.

Influences[edit]

In an interview with The AU Interview, he said the bands that influenced him into starting a band were "Korn, Deftones, Slayer, Slipknot, Sepultura... everything that my dad would buy and bring home to me and my brother saying 'Hey, listen to this."[3]

Tattoos[edit]

Lucker performing with Suicide Silence in London, 2008
Lucker performing with Suicide Silence in London, 2008

Lucker was casually known for his extensive and large collection of tattoos on his body covering his arms, torso, neck/throat, hands, fingers and even his face. The only place he refused to ever get tattooed was on his back. He explained this by stating "I like seeing the artwork because it is artwork! [Having my back tattooed would] be like owning an expensive painting that you can never see. Like, 'Oh, I have this beautiful, expensive painting, but you can't see it because it's at my uncle's house."[4]

Lucker's signature black bars that he had on each of his fingers were cover-ups. The original tattoos he had displayed across his fingers was "FORXEVER", a common word used within the straight edge community. Lucker had these tattoos covered with the black bars after he renounced his straight-edge lifestyle in 2007.[4]

Death[edit]

Mitch Lucker died on November 1, 2012 at precisely 6:17 in the morning in Huntington Beach, CA. It was announced by Orange County Coroners Office that he had suffered severe injuries incurred from a motorcycle accident. One report stated that Lucker crashed his motorcycle shortly after 9 p.m. on October 31.[5][6][7]

Aftermath[edit]

His Suicide Silence bandmates held a memorial show titled "Ending Is the Beginning" on December 21, 2012, which took place at the Fox Theater in Pomona, California. It served to benefit his daughter's education costs. The band has also started the Kenadee Lucker Education Fund and continues to promote donations to him.[8][9]

Discography[edit]

Suicide Silence
Commissioner
Collaborations
  • "Predator; Never Prey" (featuring Mitch Lucker) – The Acacia Strain (2006)
  • "Classic Struggle" (featuring Mitch Lucker) – Winds of Plague (2009)
  • "We Are the Many" (featuring Mitch Lucker) – Caliban (2012)
  • "The Sinatra" (featuring Mitch Lucker) – My My Misfire
  • "Spit Vitriol" (featuring Mitch Lucker) – The Devastated (2012)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Moseley, Brittany (November 1, 2012). "Alternative Press | News | UPDATED: Mitch Lucker, lead singer of..l". Alt Press. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  2. ^ Simon (April 5, 2011). "Suicide Silence gets Personal on The Black Crown". Kerrang. Archived from the original on April 10, 2011. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  3. ^ "the AU interview: Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence (USA) | the AU ..." The AU Review. November 20, 2010. Retrieved November 20, 2010.
  4. ^ a b http://noisecreep.com/suicide-silences-mitch-lucker-on-tattoos-and-dirty-handshakes/
  5. ^ SUICIDE SILENCE Singer Dies In Motorcycle Accident - The Gauntlet News. Thegauntlet.com (2012-11-01). Retrieved on 2012-11-13.
  6. ^ R.I.P Suicide Silence'S Mitch Lucker Archived February 4, 2013, at Archive.today. Total Uprawr (2012-11-01). Retrieved on 2012-11-13.
  7. ^ "Fatal Traffic Collision" (PDF) (Press release). Huntington Beach Police Department. November 1, 2012. Retrieved November 1, 2012.
  8. ^ "Suicide Silence Sets Up Donation Fund - in Metal News". Metal Underground.com. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  9. ^ "SUICIDE SILENCE Launch Official Mitch Lucker Memorial Fund - Metal Injection | Latest News". Metal Injection. November 6, 2012. Retrieved August 24, 2013.
  10. ^ "SUICIDE SILENCE To Release 'You Can't Stop Me' Album In July". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved May 7, 2014.