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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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    25 Dec 2014 Reply
  • GodLord0

    great band

    5 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Ireallylikeeggs

    I will see this band live eventually. And after the show I'm going to give Frank Mullen a "world's best Dad" shirt cause for real I bet he's a kick ass dad.

    3 Dec 2014 Reply
  • 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • THXmille138

    why this bullshit black and white photo :(

    15 Oct 2014 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 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • VerbalAbuser

    they lost their sound

    9 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Luccas_Fernande

    Infecting The Crypts is the best version of Human Waste

    16 Sep 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • V-Kolyada

    SUFFOCATION - Life at MHM fest 2007 (full concert)

    31 Jul 2014 Reply
  • miril_immortal

    Mother of Tech. deaTh meTal

    25 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Reflechissant

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

    17 Jul 2014 Reply
  • jonowev

    @ MichaelSnoxall: hahaha, fucking stupid ass hipster

    17 Jul 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Matara Free download EP...Technical/progressive death metal

    13 Jun 2014 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 2014 Reply
  • Enot990

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

    24 May 2014 Reply
  • defnoob

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

    16 May 2014 Reply
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