Suicide Silence guitarist Mark Heylmun has announced that he has taken a “radical sabbatical” from the band.

Heylmun took to Instagram earlier today to explain the reason for his absence on the band’s current summer tour with Attila.

According to Heylmun, he has taken a “radical sabbatical” from the band since February of this year in order to focus more of his attention on his “mind and body,” as well as, spending more time with his family.

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While he’s taking some time away from the band, he has assured fans that he will be coming back to Suicide Silence when he feels like the time is right.

You can read Heylmun’s full statement below:

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.

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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You can catch the rest of the members of Suicide Silence on the Rage Fest with Attila, Volumes, SPITE and Cross Your Fingers.

Filling in for Heylmun on the tour is Darkest Hour guitarist Mike “Lonestar” Carrigan.

Check out the remaining list of dates below!

Dates:

07/26 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall
07/27 – Rochester, NY @ Anthology
07/28 – Boston, MA @ The Paradise Rock Club
07/29 – Bangor, ME @ Darlings Waterfront Pavillion
07/31 – Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
08/01 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
08/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
08/03 – Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Soundstage
08/04 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa
08/05 – Charlotte, NC @ The Underground
08/07 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
08/08 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
08/09 – Greenville, SC @ The Firmament
08/10 – Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks at The Landing
08/11 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
08/12 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
08/14 – New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues
08/15 – Dallas, TX @ Canton Hall
08/16 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
08/17 – San Antonio, TX @ Alamo City Music Hall
08/18 – Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live
08/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theater
08/21 – Mesa, AZ @ The Nile Theater
08/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
08/23 – San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
08/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Fonda Theatre
08/25 – San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom