Suffocation (band)

Suffocation (band)

Infobox musical artist
Name = Suffocation

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Background = group_or_band
Origin = Long Island, New York, USA
Years_active = 1990–1998, 2002–present
Label = Relapse (1991, 1998, 2004-2007), Roadrunner (1993-1995)
URL = []
Current_members = Frank Mullen
Terrance Hobbs
Guy Marchais
Derek Boyer
Mike Smith
Past_members = Doug Cerrito
Josh Barohn
Chris Richards
Doug Bohn
Dave Culross
Kevin Talley
Todd German

Suffocation is an American death metal band. The band was formed in 1990 and has since released many highly-regarded releases,Fact|date=November 2007 including the first ever compact disc released by metal label Relapse Records, 1991's "Human Waste" EP.


Suffocation recorded the albums "Human Waste", "Effigy of the Forgotten", "Breeding the Spawn", "Pierced from Within", and "Despise the Sun" before breaking up in 1998. Suffocation reunited in 2002, featuring the return of original drummer Mike Smith, though minus long-time members Doug Cerrito and Chris Richards. The band released "Souls to Deny" in 2004 and launched an extensive global touring campaign to promote the album. After over 200 shows, the band recorded and self-released their first live CD "Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City". A self-titled album was released in 2006 through Relapse Records, which again saw the launch of an extensive worldwide touring jaunt. In 2007, Suffocation was featured in an advertisement for the History Channel's program "The Dark Ages". [ [ Artclie @ Heavily Caffeinated] ] They are currently compiling material for a live DVD, although the release has been delayed due to footage that was planned for the DVD being stolen, and also because they were waiting for their contract with Relapse Records to run out.

On June 4 2007, Suffocation and their label, Relapse Records officially parted ways. [ [ Article @ Lambgoat] ] They will embark on a European tour in 2008. Their next studio album Blood Oath is nearly complete, however it does not yet have a release date but it will be released through Nuclear Blast records.

tyle and influences

Suffocation fused the predominant rhythmic styles of early death metal with complex song structures and a unique melodic sensibility. They are generally credited with inventing the brutal death metal subgenre, introducing many innovations such as very low death growl, hands-together blast beats, an intense complex palm muting powerchord pattern, and extremely fast tremolo picking. In addition, their overall complexity and instrumental virtuosity was and has been influential in the development of technical death metal. As a result they are often described as "brutal technical death metal," and are classified as such on The Metal Archives. [] As both brutal death metal and technical death metal are today some of the most prolific genres in extreme metal, the band is generally regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of death metal. Their influence extends outside of these genres as well, for example influencing many grindcore and deathcore bands.Fact|date=November 2007 Part of their success comes from their stylistically diverse songwriting ability. For example, their 1991 "Human Waste" EP was the first ever death metal release to incorporate elements of hardcore, punk, doom metal, and grindcore. [Decibel Magazine August 2007]

Suffocation is placed amongst peers such as Immolation, Mortician and Incantation as being part of a branch of death metal known as "New York death metal", or "NYDM" for short. However, each of these bands has a very distinct sound, and as such the term NYDM generally refers to the early 1990s New York scene, and not a particular style of death metal. It is worth noting that the term as it is used today often refers to the New York brutal death metal scene, which includes bands such as Skinless.Fact|date=November 2007


tudio albums

*"Effigy of the Forgotten" (1991)
*"Breeding the Spawn" (1993)
*"Pierced from Within" (1995)
*"Souls to Deny" (2004)
*"Suffocation" (2006)
*"Blood Oath" (2009)


*"Reincremated" (demo, 1990)
*"Human Waste" (EP, 1991)
*"Live Death" (Split, 1994)
*"Despise the Sun" (EP, 1998)
*"Live in Quebec - The Close of a Chapter" (live album, 2005)
*"The Best of Suffocation" (compilation album, 2008)

Band members

Current members

* Frank Mullen – vocals (1990–1998, 2003–present)
* Terrance Hobbs – guitar (1990–1998, 2003–present)
* Guy Marchais – guitar (1990, 2003–present)
* Derek Boyer – bass (2004–present)
* Mike Smith – drums (1990–1994, 2003–present)

Former members

* Doug Cerrito – guitar (1990–1998)
* Josh Barohn – bass (1990–1991, 2003)
* Chris Richards – bass (1991–1998)
* Doug Bohn – drums (1994–1996)
* Dave Culross – drums (1996–1998)
* Kevin Talley – drums (1998 tour only)
* Todd German – guitar (1990 replaced by Doug Cerrito)


External links

* [ Suffocation's official website]
* [, Suffocation Interview with Mike Smith]
* [ Interview with Mike Smith and band space]
* [, Suffocation] at Rockdetector
* [ Suffocation] at Allmusic

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