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Album Review

Regardless of wheter you're a death metalhead or not, you have to respect a group like Suffocation — for being around as long as they've been, and for continually sticking to their guns through thick and thin. Trends may come and go, but you can always count on the Suffocation chaps for a healthy dose of punishing drumbeats, frantic doomsday riffing, and vocals so devilish that Beelzebub himself is probably green with envy. The group's 2006 self-titled release offers more of the same, but that's obviously the way the boys like it, as evidenced by such assaults on the senses as "Abominations Reborn" (on which drummer Mike Smith offers some impressive metronome-like beats), while you know what you're in for by just gazing at such other song titles as "Bind Torture Kill." Longtime Suffocation fanatics will surely be pleased.

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Suffocation Reborn

What a phenominal album. I've been listening to suffo since they first came out with Human Waste in 1991(?). For a while they were, to me, just the heaviest of the heavy. But while other death metal bands were trying to out satanic you - Deicide - or out gore you - Cannibal Corpse - Suffocation wanted to OUTPLAY you. Effigy of the Forgotten is when it kind of started getting interesting to me, but Pierced from Within in 1995 is what really set the standard in extreem technical death metal - and they've been the standard ever since. They buried evryone else. This new album is definately in the same class as Pierced. It might not have that groundbreaking effect because of a much higher level of competition - thanks in large part to Suffocation themselves. It is interesting though how another reviewer refered to it as the "future" of death metal...

A Gathering of Blasts \m/

Mike Smith is the greatest blaster in Metal. He hits harder than Oscar De La Hoya. The beginning of Abomination Reborn proves that fact. Suffocation are the blast innovators not imitators.

One of the best death metal bands ever delivers

With Mike Smith back on drums and Derek Boyer handling bass, Suffocation is awesome. These guys are so much better then any other death metal band that spawned from Tampa. The fact that you can understand(somewhat but better then guys like Corpsegrinder or Glenn Benton) Frank Mullen's vocals and lyrics, you don't have to leave yourself scratching your head asking "What was he saying?" Also except for maybe Deicide now with Ralph Santolla, Meshuggah and Morbid Angel, no death metal band I have heard has the instrumental skill of Suffocation. Sure they may not have the killer complex solos of Deicide, the crazy bass of Cannibal Corpse, or the extreme technical drumming that Meshuggah has, but Suffocation is just so different and straightfoward about balancing out instrumentals with vocals that they are so good. This album is no diffferent from all the other Suffocation albums I own, and they are truly unique. So if you love death metal, you cannot ignore Suffocation. There is no way you will not like them if you like death metal.


Formed: 1990 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Death metal band Suffocation was formed in New York in the early '90s, comprising vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs, bassist Chris Richards, and drummer Mike Smith. The group's 1991 debut album, Effigy of the Forgotten, became quite influential in the grind/death metal community. Released on Roadrunner Records, it was followed two years later by Breeding of the Spawn. After the issue of the Human Waste EP, Smith left Suffocation and was replaced by drummer Doug Bohn....
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