Suffocation is an American technical death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Centereach, Long Island, New York, United States. The band comprises vocalist Frank Mullen, lead guitarist Terrance Hobbs, bassist Derek Boyer, rhythm guitarist Charlie Errigo, and drummer Eric Morotti. Suffocation rose to prominence of death metal and created a blueprint for the genre for the 1990s with their 1991 debut album Effigy of the Forgotten, and have released seven studio albums since formation. The band’s raw death metal style uses growled vocals with a downtuned guitar sound, fast and complex guitar riffs and drumming, open chord notes, breakdowns, and a sophisticated sense of songwriting.
…Of the Dark Light is the eighth studio album by American death metal band Suffocation, released on June 9, 2017, via Nuclear Blast. It is the first album to feature guitarist Charlie Errigo and drummer Eric Morotti.
Clarity Through Deprivation—-You have zero chance to prepare yourself for this release….the minute you press play it begins. I have to admit, this is much more accessible than I expected it to be. The instrumentation is superb….the technical aspects are fantastic. The deep sound of the music matches the vocal really well. I love this!
The Warmth Within The Dark—-Its amazing…..every song on this release just starts in a millisecond notice. The vocals are much more melodic ad accessible than you would expect. I though I would experience a Cannibal Corpse style band….but the finesse of this band is far advanced…the song structure is sound and really well delivered. I really like this.
Your Last Breaths—-With a great series of Death growls at the onset. This track is off and running. Much faster and chaotic than the earlier tracks, the song does move through remarkable shifts in the music…but always manages to come back to the sound it began with. The guitars are way down tuned…..delivering that heaviness….but the song is so well constructed…..you can’t possibly stop listening.
Return To The Abyss—-Actually a slight bit of an introduction lol. The aggressive nature of this track is amped up quite a bit from the previous tracks. This is full of driving music…the guitars seem to have a bit more clarity….the drums are maniacal. This is everything I could ask for and more.
The Violation—-The magnificently constructed mayhem continues in the same vein as previous tracks…..but it never seems to get monotonous or boring. There are some really nice chord shifts on this track…..moving from clarity to darkness. This is so well constructed……
…..Of The Dark Light—-This seems higher tuned and delivered with a ferocious playing style that makes me smile down deep. There are some remarkable breaks in the music…..reminding you how practiced this band must be to play in this style. There are points where the guitars literally soar….just incredible!!!!
Some Things Should Be Left Alone—-Again. a bit higher tuned and moving along as fast as the speed of sound. The track never loses intensity despite everything that is going on….when the vocal takes a break…it seems as if the music fills in and speaks for him. This is so well delivered…I really need to investigate this band more.
Caught Between Two Worlds—-Much brighter in sound than when this all began, this is not mainstream by any means….but still really accessible for those in the community looking for something they can really sink their teeth into. This is technical at it’s very best.
Epitaph Of The Credulous—-Ending the release. no more aggressive than the onset, the deeper guitars return and leave you bleeding from your eardrums. This is a fantastic journey that is delivered by musicians that are very very very good at what they do……this has never disappointed me…..at any moment. Remarkable!!!
***** out of 5