NEWS: Suicide Silence guitarist Mark Heylmun taking “radical sabbatical”!

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After a video of Suicide Silence performing new song ‘The One’ at a show in Kentucky recently emerged (you can watch it here), it was apparent that the band’s guitarist Mark Heylmun wasn’t present, with Darkest Hour‘s Mike ‘Lonestar’ Carrigan taking his place.

Heylmun has now revealed his current situation, saying that has been taking a “radical sabbatical” from the band, but has reassured fans he is not quitting Suicide Silence nor is he in a bad way.

This is Helymun‘s statement, taken from his personal Instagram.

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!! ?✌?❤️??

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“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.”

There has been no news as of yet of the follow-up to Suicide Silence‘s self-titled album, released last year on Nuclear Blast Records.

However, following the live debut of new song ‘The One’, it is expected that a new record will be with us in early 2019.