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Long the connoisseur's death metal band, Suffocation surpasses themselves on Pierced From Within. Fast, intricately technical, immaculately heavy, and well produced, Pierced From Within is an extreme metal landmark, highly recommended for genre newbies and hardcore fans alike. Death metal often gets flak for being one-dimensional and obsessed with mere brutality, but Suffocation has the riffs, textures, and musicianship to give the lie to that complaint, and then some. Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs are the guitar duo from hell, often mentioned in the same breath as Slayer's Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman and with good reason too: both are dizzyingly proficient, creating complex, savage riff collages that reveal more of themselves with each listen. Frank Mullen has one of the best growls in a genre where growling is nearly everything. And drummer Doug Bohn's work is masterfully controlled yet intense. The production restores the bass that was noticeably lacking on Breeding the Spawn. Pierced From Within is the high point of Suffocation's acclaimed speed metal-inflected death oeuvre. Too bad they aren't around to better it.

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Best Death Metal album....EVER

One can only be left in awe as the power of Pierced from Within blasts through one's ears. Frank Mullen's vocals are as guttural as ever, while Terrance Hobbs' hellish guitar playing can make anyone running for shelter. Though drumming legend Mike Smith left in the making of this album, his replacement has meshed with the group. Pierced from Within is a death metal album that is highly recommended for ANY metal fan.


One of the Best & Most Brutal Death Metal Albums Ever Recorded Period! An Essential Part of this Genres Beginnings! As Good If Not Better Than Effigy of the Forgotten with an open mind! Doug Bohn's drumming is nothing short of incredible & Yes he has seemed to drop off the face of the Earth but it's nothing that Mike Smith couldn't do! It's unfortunate that Mike wasn't a part of this amazing album! The utmost respect goes out to Doug for his Masterful work on this record! Just where the hell did you go!

To Any DM Fans Lacking This GREAT Album.....

You are not yet living until you buy this. Its a true DM essential by all means. This album was groundbreaking in the 90's and is still awesome by todays standards. (which is REALLY saying something) This is one of those albums where you need to get all of the songs, not just a few. Do it now and you won't regret it, I promise!


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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