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New York, United States (1990 – 1998, 2002 – present)

Suffocation is an American death metal band originating in New York. The band formed in 1988 and approached this genre in their own style, revolving around heavy, uniquely rhythmic riffs and even deeper growling vocals and breakdowns to create a sub-genre of the form often termed “” death metal - also known by many as “New York Death Metal,” or “” for short. Other New York death metal bands that soon after followed in the footsteps of Suffocation’s style include Immolation, Incantation, Deathrune, Morpheus Descends, Infester and many others.

The band formed in 1990 and has since released many highly-regarded recordings on several labels, including the former powerhouse of the genre, Roadrunner. Their debut, Effigy of the Forgotten, is considered a classic by most, topping the charts of many fans’ “all-time favorites” lists. Also worth noting is their debut EP, Human Waste, which was the first official release on relapse records in 1991.

The band went through a few member changes before briefly disbanding after their release, Despise the Sun (1998), coming back together in 2002, later in 2004 releasing their next album Souls To Deny. A video for the song, Surgery of Impalement, has been featured on such outlets as Headbanger’s Ball and Uranium.

In 2006, They released the self-entitled, Suffocation on Relapse. A videoclip was made for the song, Abomination Reborn. The song and (most of) the band was featured in a commercial for, appropriately enough, The History Channel’s series, Dark Ages.

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  • defnoob

    These guys are the pinnacle of death metal. Everything that comes after Pierced and tEffigy from whatever respective regional scene, style, and album just doesn't compare to the sheer savagery of Prime Suffocation. They just took the formula and amped it up to its most extreme.

    16 Apr 2:14am Reply
  • ToxicGriever

    Good music rarely sounds "dated", only piss-poor generic shit that panders to the trends of the era tends to sound dated in retrospect. [3]

    5 Apr 4:02am Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    Do it.

    1 Apr 1:17am Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    Okay get Spotify and listen to the live album on there. Just fucking do it. Do it.

    1 Apr 1:16am Reply
  • drmagg

    Sweet news. Talley is new drummer.

    29 Mar 9:14am Reply
  • Lok-DoK

    new album deathcore kakoy ta =(

    26 Mar 2:28am Reply
  • Considerables

    Terrance Hobbs needs to let go of his dreads, the nigga is balding and he has to accept that

    20 Mar 4:53am Reply
  • OmegaMortis

    Best death metal band, so far...

    18 Mar 7:31pm Reply
  • bloody72

    pozdrowieni98a ze Śląska dla fanów Suffocation

    16 Mar 2:01pm Reply
  • bobo9390

    Good music rarely sounds "dated", only piss-poor generic shit that panders to the trends of the era tends to sound dated in retrospect. [2]

    3 Mar 8:16am Reply
  • drmagg

    There is good word for this: "timeless". I like it.

    27 Feb 9:41pm Reply
  • jonowev

    Good music rarely sounds "dated", only piss-poor generic shit that panders to the trends of the era tends to sound dated in retrospect. The production on early Suffocation still makes it sound "old" though, I would say. It'd definitely get criticised for the production if it had been released today.

    26 Feb 5:20pm Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    I mean seriously Effigy is like older than the universe itself and yet nothing about it is even remotely dated. Such a fucking rad band.

    22 Feb 12:06am Reply
  • jonowev

    Whenever I listen to Suffocation, I think about how I should listen to even more Suffocation. So then I do and it rules. Keep that in mind. [2] ...also, Souls to Deny is criminally underrated.

    19 Feb 10:41pm Reply
  • DxWxTx

    Fucking YES

    19 Feb 6:19am Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    Whenever I listen to Suffocation, I think about how I should listen to even more Suffocation. So then I do and it rules. Keep that in mind.

    18 Feb 4:59pm Reply
  • Eduard-Limonov

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    26 Jan 12:47pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    The Reincremated demo is worth mentioning as well, one of the best demos I've heard.

    25 Jan 9:22pm Reply
  • TheArtofShred88

    Pinnacle of Bedlam was phenomenal, as expected. I can't decide which album I like the most out of the ones they've released since reforming, I guess Souls to Deny = Pinnacle of Bedlam > Blood Oath = Suffocation. As for their early stuff, I'd say Effigy of the Forgotten > Pierced from Within > Despise the Sun > Human Waste > Breeding the Spawn. I was actually a fan of BtS unlike a lot of people I've talked to, it's just the production that brings it down. Nonetheless, the songs on it are all highly enjoyable and all amazing.

    25 Jan 9:05pm Reply
  • FappyFap

    Квлт

    25 Jan 1:41pm Reply
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