Suicide Silence’s Mark Heylmun has revealed that he is currently on a “radical sabbatical” from the band. The guitarist went on to say he needed “a break to spend time with [his] family and give [his] mind and body the attention it deserves.”
Here’s Heylmun’s full statement:
“So the cat is outta the bag… I’m not on tour with the band. I’ve been on radical sabbatical since about February of this year. I just feel I need a break to spend time with my family and give my mind and body the attention it deserves. I’ve abused myself for years and a member of my families health has got me aware of mortality and the length of time I may have on this earth. It landed me on the “it’s all or nothing” state of mind for the band… and right now the attention I am used to giving the band is not there.
I am not in a bad way of any sort or in a depressed state, I just wanna listen to my heart and do what feels right. It has never steered me wrong in the past. So with that I’m still writing music, planning new ventures, and I WILL be back to ripping for SS when the time is right. Super stoked @lonestardh is filling in for me on #Ragefest. Peace & Love y’all!! 😘✌🏼❤👽🔥”
During his absence, Darkest Hour’s Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan has been filling in. It’s also worth noting that the group have been performing a new song lately as well.