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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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  • darkgnome

    Good music rarely sounds "dated", only piss-poor generic shit that panders to the trends of the era tends to sound dated in retrospect. [4]

    10 Nov 10:07am Reply
  • iPowder

    Still reeling from last night's show! The band destroyed everything once again! Still with what the band has to offer, still need mike smith back there though. |m|

    25 Oct 8:24pm Reply
  • THXmille138

    why this bullshit black and white photo :(

    15 Oct 10:16pm Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    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]

    11 Oct 2:02am Reply
  • xVictimOfADownx

    After some time with it, Pinnacle of Bedlam doesn't have much staying power with me. Just a lot of the solo's and grooves are fairly repetitive with not much variation and it doesn't have crypt atmosphere that even Blood Oath had (especially on the song Blood Oath.) The production is great, but I hope they either change it up or go back to their original sound.

    11 Oct 2:00am Reply
  • VerbalAbuser

    they lost their sound

    9 Oct 12:05am Reply
  • Luccas_Fernande

    Infecting The Crypts is the best version of Human Waste

    16 Sep 6:51pm Reply
  • SonOfShiva

    they played near my city and I didn't go. and they were playing with Havok! :,( oh well at least I'll see fleshgod apocalypse + hour of penance in october and dying fetus + fallujah in december :D

    12 Sep 12:02am Reply
  • V-Kolyada

    SUFFOCATION - Life at MHM fest 2007 (full concert)

    31 Jul 8:50pm Reply
  • miril_immortal

    Mother of Tech. deaTh meTal

    25 Jul 7:28pm Reply
  • Reflechissant

    I always thought they needed to make a split album with Arghoslent.

    17 Jul 8:50pm Reply
  • jonowev

    @ MichaelSnoxall: hahaha, fucking stupid ass hipster

    17 Jul 11:02am Reply
  • ZombiePsyche

    "These guys are touring with Internal Bleeding and Pyrexia this fall." They really have a ton of trouble finding good bands to tour with, don't they?

    27 Jun 9:08am Reply
  • Matara Free download EP...Technical/progressive death metal

    13 Jun 4:44pm Reply
  • blahavet

    "Souls to Deny is criminally underrated" [2] and '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]

    12 Jun 1:18pm Reply
  • Enot990

    Souls to Deny is criminally underrated. < Talking about "criminally underrated", you should first mention Breeding the Spawn.

    24 May 4:29pm Reply
  • defnoob

    These guys are touring with Internal Bleeding and Pyrexia this fall. I'm going to smash someone.

    16 May 8:01pm Reply
  • LePask

    ¡Estoy sofocado!

    13 May 11:28am Reply
  • hrenznaetkto

    Souls to Deny is also great, as well as Pierced from Within. But i love Souls more

    2 May 8:36pm Reply
  • defnoob

    Sure they are. They were the most extreme death metal band of their period, adding heavier riffs, more technical song structures, and more powerful vocals. And they influenced tech death, created brutal death, and deathcore while other bands were too busy aping the Flordian scene and or doing other stuff. Lol @ Effigy being their only good album

    29 Apr 4:06pm Reply
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