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Album Review

Souls to Deny is Suffocation's first release since 1998's Despise the Sun EP, and their first full-length since 1995's Pierced From Within. Since they'd been on hiatus for a while, this is technically a "reunion album," but it doesn't feel like one. Interestingly, Suffocation haven't really changed their basic style much at all since those earlier releases, yet this album still sounds completely current in terms of the present-day death metal scene — probably because so many bands continue to be influenced by Suffocation's early- to mid-'90s albums. However, even though the surface-level characteristics of the band's sound haven't changed, there is still plenty of ingenuity and sleight-of-hand happening below the surface. Standouts include opener "Deceit," the title track, "Immortally Condemned," and the amazing "Demise of the Clone," whose cyclical riffs give the odd impression of repeating while at the same time having no beginning or end. The song offers a concise summary of what makes this band so revered by death metal aficionados. There seems to be a sort of hidden logic at work in it, since it's hard for even an astute listener to figure out what's going on in terms of the song structure, yet it obviously all makes perfect sense to the band, who deliver this perplexing material with a natural, freely flowing sense of brutality. Many bands have attempted to copy Suffocation's sound, and most of them are extremely boring because they either don't grasp the subtleties or don't have the intuition that these guys obviously possess as songwriters and musicians. "Souls to Deny" is a reminder of what makes good death metal good, and a refreshing break from the uninspired landfill fodder that constitutes so much of the genre's output circa the early- to mid-'00s.

Customer Reviews

New Yorks Finest

This album has many good tracks and is the pinnacle of technical brutality. Suffocation doesn't come off to me as an incredibly(and Brutal) technical band like Cryptopsy, they are a more a hybrid for technical death metal and raw basement death metal such as you would here on CC's Eaten Back to Life or MA's Altars of Madness. I think anyone can appreciate how this album is a level higher than their last while still being pure and classic Suffocation. Also, Subconsciously Enslaved has got to be one of the top 3 catchiest Death Metal tracks I've ever heard. If you can't bang your head to that, you have no neck.


Suffocation is probably one of the best death metal band out there. Come on, if you listen to Insane Clown Posse, you're pretty gay.

Life changing band

I hadn't really listened to em much before I saw em with Decrepit Birth and they totally rock! The drums are so brutal and the vox are gnarly. It's amazing that they have been around so long and still are this brutal. Get Surgery of Impalement if you consider yourself a death-metalhead. This band changed my outlook on what good death metal should sound like. Awesome band!!!!!


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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