If first week sales figures from Australia and Germany are an indication of things to come, Suicide Silence could be on track for their worst first week ever, in terms of album sales. The band has had a complicated relationship with their fans in recent months, as many are lashing out at the band for drastically changing their sound.
We won’t know how Suicide Silence fared in the US for a few more days, but the band saw dramatic drops in sales in both Australia and Germany, despite shifting their sound into the mainstream rock arena. Suicide Silence is clearly making more accessible music, with one of the most esteemed rock producers of all time, (Ross Robinson) but their music has been executed poorly.
It’s fair to say that Suicide Silence has reacted with somewhat of a stubborn mentality whilst responding to fan backlash over their new sound. At the end of the day, sales and fan interest is what will keep the band alive. Changes are likely in order if they want to continue operating at a professional level while making a living.
Rock Feed has obtained first week sales figured for both Germany and Australia. Suicide Silence’s self titled album debuted at #98 on the charts in Germany, a steep decline from their #24 debut on the charts for their previous album, 2014’s “You Can’t Stop Me”. Both albums featured current vocalist Eddie Hermida.
In Australia, the first week sales were also troubling. Once again, Suicide Silence saw a large decline between releases. They debuted at #78 on the charts, having debuted at #30 in 2014 with the release of “You Can’t Stop Me”.
Changing your sound rarely works, but when it does, it can pay off big. Bring Me The Horizon is an example of a band that has exited the deathcore scene, but gone on to experience tremendous commercial success. Suicide Silence is becoming an example of what can happen when it backfires.