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This album by the New York death metal band Suffocation marks the return of drummer Dave Culross, who's also lent his skills to Malevolent Creation, Mortician, Incantation, HatePlow, Gorgasm, and Disgorged. Though he hasn't drummed with Suffocation since 1998's Despise the Sun, it’s hardly surprising (but nonetheless impressive) that he sounds right at home from the opening and uproarious “Cycles of Suffering.” The speed-metal guitar work of Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais buzzes violently, like someone stuck a microphone into a bulging wasp’s nest. “Purgatorial Punishment” gets more complex, with stuttered drumming and stop-start rhythms. Over chugging guitars and subtle harmonic touches, Frank Mullen growls with what sounds like prerequisite Cookie Monster vocals pitched down to a demonic timbre. It’s easy to imagine Hobbs' and Marchais’ guitars igniting in “Eminent Wrath”: a moshpit-friendly attack on the eardrums that takes fretboard-shredding to the next level. Similarly, “Pinnacle of Bedlam” contrasts thunderous rhythms with guitar leads played so fast that trying to follow each note could quite possibly induce a stroke.

Customer Reviews


This is a killer record, hands down. Every song is excellent! "Sullen Days" is a masterpiece, the solos in "Pinnacle of Bedlam" will give rise to a thousand sweatpants boners, and the overall musicianship is outstanding. 9/10, easy. Now, a note to people like P.Lo ~ don't review music if its a style you don't listen to. It's ok that you don't understand death metal (we can't all be awesome), but don't give an opinion of something you're not qualified to review. Tell you what - You stay away from reviewing metal, and I think I speak for the group when I say we'll refrain from reviewing whatever style of music it is that you listen to while you cry your lonely tears. Thanks.

Never fail to impress

Suffocation is one of the few bands that have changed each album, but remained consistent in delivering their brand. Unlike many poppy deathcore bands that started off brutal only to release a new CD with Justin Bieber as guest vocals, Suffocation albums of today sound just as intense and brutal as they did in the early 90s. It's to the point I don't even need to listen to the album before buying it; I just know it's murderous! This album is no different, and it is reminiscent of their self-titled album with the production quality of Blood Oath. Get this and find space to headbang and act a fool!

Death Metal History.

By far the sickest album this year so fact,lets face it,will anything surpass this release? No. This is the sickest most intense album my ears have ever heard,hands down. Your argument is invalid. Stay brutal. Suffocation \m/


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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