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Suffocation

Formed: 1990
From: Long Island, NY, United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest Suffocation News

Below is our complete Suffocation news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Public Sales Begin For 70,000 Tons Of Metal 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have now opened up the 2017 installment to public sales. Check out how to plan your metal vacation using the link below.

In addition, the lineup is taking shape as an additional 20 acts were added to the bill, bringing the total announced at 36 of 60 bands, as follows:

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com.

Arch Enemy, Demolition Hammer, Devildriver, Draconinan, Dying Fetus, Gojira, Marduk, Moonsorrow, Omnium Gatherum, Orden Ogan, Revocation, Saltatio Mortis, Serenity, Stamina, Stuck Mojo, Testament, Uli Jon Roth, Unleashed, Vreid and Xandria join the previously named 16 acts, with 24 still to be announced: More...

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Monument Of Misanthropy Posts Tour Video Recap

Austrian-French brutal death metal/deathgrinders of Monument Of Misanthropy have recapped their "Tyrants Of Death Tour 2016" with Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Abiotic and The Convalescence this past March with the following video footage below:

Monument Of Misanthropy will be hitting stage again next week at Austrias' long-running metal underground festival Kaltenbach Open Air (K:O:A) 2016, which will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016, including the following confirmed bands: More...

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The Summer Slaughter Tour At Concord Music Hall

I'll admit that I've been out of the death metal scene for a few years and mostly listening to a lot of already established artists at the expense of new ones. In fact, I haven't been to a Summer Slaughter since 2011. So it was good to see a concert full of artists who I mostly haven't seen yet. Some really impressed me, other didn't. Either way, I wanted to be surprised by hearing artists who I mostly wasn't familiar with.

This year's Summer Slaughter Tour was primarily backed by Sumerian Records (who were also a major backer of Chicago Open Air) as a promotion of Sumerian's upcoming entry into films with American Satan. I'd normally have a problem with the biggest annual heavy metal tour in North America being rendered into a commercial for something completely unrelated but the former bearer of that torch was really just an advertisement for Monster Energy Drink. More...

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Monument Of Misanthropy New Drumcam Clip Posted

Austrian-French brutal death metal unit Monument Of Misanthropy premieres a new live drumcam playthrough video, showcasing drummer Julien Helwin blasting through the song "Entering A New State". The track is taken from the band's latest album "Anger Mismanagement" and the footage was captured in March 2016 during Monument Of Misanthropy's "The Tyrants Of Death European Tour 2016", supporting NYC death metal veterans of Suffocation and San Diego deathgrind juggernauts of Cattle Decapitation.

Monument Of Misanthropy's next live gig will be on August 18, 2016 at Austria's long-running metal underground festival Kaltenbach Open Air (K:O:A) 2016 which will take place between 18th and 20th August 2016. Tickets for the three days lasting festival can be ordered online at Ticketmaster HERE.

Check out now the live drum-cam video for "Entering A New State" below.

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UMC Begins Announcement Barrage For 70K 2017

UMC - promoters for the Original and World's Largest Cruise Festival, 70,000 Tons of Metal - have unleashed the first barrage of bands that will appear on the 2017 edition of the annual cruise.

The first 16 of 60 bands announced are: Amaranthe, Amorphis, Annihilator, Anthrax, Cruachan, Death Angel, Equilibrium, Grave Digger, Haggard, Kalmah, Kamelot, Nile, Orphaned Land, Powerglove, Suffocation and Therion.

70,000 Tons of Metal 2016 will set sail on February 2nd-6th from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and for the first time will port in Haiti at Labadee.

The festival will once again be hosted by The Independence of the Seas (via Royal Caribbean). The ship will accommodate four stages: The Alhambra Theater is a five-story concert hall in which they spare no expense to remove part of the (very comfortable) seating so you have a real Mosh Pit on the High Seas; The more intimate Egyptian themed Pyramid Lounge offers the local club atmosphere; The third indoor stage is in Studio B, the ice skating rink featuring a maritime version of the Arena experience and last but not least their jewel: The Pool Deck stage - The World’s Biggest Open Air Stage Structure to ever sail the Open Seas, surrounded by multiple bars and pools, plenty of room to sunbathe on several decks and even hot tubs incorporated into the Pool Deck stage to soak in while you watch the shows!

The All-Star Jam band, which returned this past January will also be back, led by Annihilator's Jeff Waters and members from the various acts aboard performing cover tunes live.

Ticket prices include all on board entertainment, most non-alcoholic and non-carbonated beverages, all meals in the dining rooms, most on board restaurants and even 24 hour room service. For more information or to book your high seas metal adventure, head on over to 70000tons.com. More...

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Cryptopsy Announces Mexican Shows

The Canadian death metal godfathers from Cryptopsy are stoked to announce their long-awaited return to Mexico.

Their first appearance since 2008, the boys will criss-cross the vast and beautiful Mexican landscape alongside Sweden's Watain, and fellow death metal veterans Suffocation. Catch the show on these dates:

August 11th - Querétaro
August 12th - Aguascalientes
August 13th - Mexico City
August 14th - Mérida More...

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Monument Of Misanthropy Post New Live Drumcam Clip

Austrian-French brutal death metal outfit Monument Of Misanthropy premieres a new live drumcam playthrough video, showcasing drummer Julien Helwin blasting through the song "Bring Me The Head Of LGG" at 260 bpm. The track is taken from the band's latest album "Anger Mismanagement" and the footage was captured on March 4, 2016 at the "Alte Brauerei", Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany during Monument Of Misanthropy's "The Tyrants Of Death European Tour 2016", supporting NYC death metal veterans of Suffocation and San Diego deathgrind juggernauts of Cattle Decapitation.

Check out now the live drum-cam video for "Bring Me The Head Of LGG" below.

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Battlecross Kicking Off U.S. Tour

Next week, the Motor City thrashers from Battlecross and Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit Abnormality will take to the streets with Soulfly, Suffocation, and Lody Kong for an extensive U.S. trek.

The nearly month-long excursion runs from April 22nd through May 20th, with additional Battlecross one-off shows confirmed prior to and following the tour.

Battlecross will be touring in support of latest album, "Rise To Power," which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band's second Billboard entry (2013's "War Of Will" entered the charts at #130) Having recently signed to Metal Blade Records, Abnormality will release sophomore full-length album "Mechanisms Of Omniscience" on April 29th. More...

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Monument Of Misanthropy Posts Live Drumcam Clip

Austrian-French brutal death metal outfit Monument Of Misanthropy premieres a new live drumcam playthrough video, showcasing Julien Helwin blasting through the songs "Foreboding Of Evil" and "Entering A New State", taken from the latest album "Anger Mismanagement". The playthrough was recorded on March 11, 2016 in Erba, Italy during Monument Of Misanthropy's "The Tyrants Of Death European Tour 2016", supporting NYC death metal veterans of Suffocation, San Diego deathgrind juggernauts of Cattle Decapitation and Florida tech-death wizards of Abiotic.

Check out now the drum playthrough video for "Entering A New State" below.

The official music video for "Entering A New State" can be seen below: More...

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1985-1995: The Golden Age of Death Metal

Death should be credited with creating death metal, at least the old school style we recognize now, as they birthed the infamous Tampa, Florida sound. Bands such as Autopsy and Obituary—two of the forerunners—would not exist without Death. Death is not the true father of death metal, though. That distinction goes to Possessed. The California Bay Area group not only played a style of brutal, vicious metal, with loads of Satanic imagery, they also coined the term “death metal” on the “Seven Churches” album.

Around 1985, albums similar to “Slowly We Rot” (Obituary) and “Mental Funeral” (Autopsy) simply did not exist. Thrash was the fasted, craziest music around. Of course Possessed has already been mentioned, but the influence of Slayer, who obviously influenced Possessed, can not be under recognized. Where Possessed was different was they used a rougher production. Dark Angel, whose drummer, Gene Hoglan, would go on to be one of the most heralded drummers in the metal biz, certainly showed a good dose of Slayer in their sound. In the beginning, Slayer was nothing more than a faster, nefarious, more solo-oriented Venom protégé. More...

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Battlecross Announces Tour With Soulfly

This spring, Motor City thrashers Battlecross and Massachusetts-based extreme metal outfit Abnormality will hit the road with Soulfly, Suffocation, and Lody Kong for an extensive U.S. tour. See below for all dates.

Battlecross will be touring in support of latest album, "Rise to Power," which landed on the Billboard charts at #103, marking the band's second Billboard chart entry. Having recently signed to Metal Blade Records, Abnormality will be also releasing a debut for the label this upcoming April. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Catch Battlecross live on these upcoming dates: More...

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Cattle Decapitation Re-Signs With Metal Blade

Cattle Decapitation has announced the extension of the band's contract with Metal Blade Records.

Comments the group: "Very proud to have fulfilled our initial contract with Metal Blade Records and seeing this band rocketing into the future! We’re happy to announce that we’ve re-signed with Metal Blade Records for a few more albums and that we’ll be continuing this awesome relationship we’ve built up with the most important heavy metal record label on planet Earth over the last 14 years! LOTS of worldwide touring coming up, see you all soon as we continue our campaign ushering in "The Anthropocene Extinction"!"

Cattle Decapitation will be overseas with Suffocation, Abiotic and Monument Of Misanthropy early next month on the "The Tyrants Of Death European Tour". A golden vinyl pressing of their latest album "The Anthropocene Extinction" limited to 300 copies will be available on that run.

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Monument Of Misanthropy Embarking On European Tour

Our very own George Misanthrope (Raising The Veil) will be joining Monument Of Misanthropy on the "Tyrants Of Death European Tour 2016" with Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, and Abiotic. Meet him and his band on the following dates:

3.03.2016 (CZ) Prague – Futurum
4.03.2016 (GER) Annaberg-Buchholz - Alte Brauerei
5.03.2016 (CZ) Ostrava - Barrak
6.03.2016 (A) Vienna - Viper Room
7.03.2016 (SLO) Ljubljana - Gala Hala
8.03.2016 (ITA) Brescia - Circolo Colony
9.03.2016 (FR) Luynes/Aix - Le Korigan
10.03.2016 (ITA) Bologna - Alchemica
11.03.2016 (ITA) Erba (CO) - Centrale More...

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Exuviated Added To Suffocation European Tour

Belgium's death metal warriors of Exuviated just announced they will be joining Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation, Abiotic and Infernal Tenebra on their second leg of "The Tyrants Of Death 2016 European Tour".

See the band live on the following dates below:

13.03.2016 - HOL - Utrecht - De Helling
14.03.2016 - GER - Kassel - Kulturzentrum K19
16.03.2016 - CH - Aarau - KiFF
17.03.2016 - CH - Sion - Le Port Franc
18.03.2016 - GER - Oberhausen - Helvete Metal Club
19.03.2016 - GER - Rheine - Hypothalamus
20.03.2016 - HOL - Nijmegen - Doornroosje
21.03.2016 - DEN - Esbjerg - Tobakken
22.03.2016 - DEN - Copenhagen - Pumpehuset
23.03.2016 - SWE - Malmoe - Moriska Paviljongen

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Monument Of Misanthropy Added To Suffocation Tour

Austrian/French brutal death metal veterans of Monument Of Misanthropy just announced they will be joining Suffocation, Cattle Decapitation and Abiotic on their first leg of "The Tyrants Of Death 2016 European Tour". The band also premieres a new drum playthrough video, showcasing the band's new drummer Julien Helwin blasting through the song "Vegan Homicide", taken from the latest album "Anger Mismanagement".

Check out now the drum-playthrough of "Vegan Homicide" below.

Monument Of Misanthropy will be performing live on the following dates below: More...

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Suffocation Comments On Upcoming Tour

Long Island, NY-based extreme metal force Suffocation recently toured Europe in support of Nile, and now the band is returning to the other side of the pond again - but this time as the headliner.

The touring package will be completed by San Diego, CA-base death metal progressive grinders Cattle Decapitation as well as Miami, FL-based tech death force Abiotic.

Suffocation guitarist Terrance Hobbs states: "Suffocation are gearing up to head to Europe in March and bring forth the devastation one more time and this time we're bringing the unstoppable wrecking ball, Cattle Decapitation with us! This will be a Massive tour of speed, heaviness and straight chaos combined with devastation of a Nuclear Blast! This tour will be one for the die hard metal fanatics bar none... hope to see you there and witness the pure carnage unfold!" More...

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Cattle Decapitation Announces Tour With Abiotic

Cattle Decapitation and Abiotic are due to come to Europe with Suffocation for “The Tyrants Of Death” tour in 2016.

This will be the first European tour for Cattle Decapitation in support of latest masterpiece “The Anthropocene Extinction.” Comments vocalist Travis Ryan: “We're happy to be doing another European tour with our good buddies Suffocation and our new friends Abiotic! Its been a while since we've been to Europe and we have an arsenal of new songs ready to pummel you with! See you soon Europa!”

Suffocation is just as excited and had this to say: “Suffocation is gearing up to head to Europe in February 2016 and bring forth the devastation one more time and this time we're bringing the unstoppable wrecking ball, Cattle Decapitation with us! This will be a MASSIVE tour of speed, heaviness and straight chaos combined with devastation of a Nuclear Blast! This tour will be one for the die hard metal fanatics bar none. Hope to see you there and witness the pure carnage unfold!” More...

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Housecore Horror Film Festival 2015 Day Two

Day two started at the Holiday Inn. The 7th floor of the Holiday Inn hosted the film portion of the festival. There were also a number of vendors associated with the films there. Angelcorpse guitarist Gene Palubicki was one of the vendors on hand. He starred in the movie “American Guinea Pig: Bloodshock,” the second film in the “American Guinea Pig” series. This film had a major buzz about it. Many fans I talked to expressed a desire to see this film and according to Palubicki the Zombie Room wasn’t big enough to accommodate all interested parties. The event featured a Q & A with director Marcus Koch and producer/screenwriter Steven Biro and was moderated by Bill Moseley (“Texas Chainsaw Massacre II, House of 1,000 Corpses).

The band schedule for both the Aztec and Korova was different than the night before when Korova started early in the day, ended, the Aztec started and then the Korova hosted the last band at 12:30 AM. Today, the Korova started at 6 PM and ran concurrently with the Aztec. Austin d-beat punkers Krigblast opened Korova. More punkisms came via Chicago, Illinois’ Kill It Again and many fans gushed at seeing veterans, Fang. The Aztec hosted a day filled with punk rock, too, starting with Poison Idea, Dropdead and Negative Approach. And the grindcore of Agoraphobic Nosebleed and Cripple Bastards also fit into the punk’s gnarled family tree. More...

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Suffocation Gears Up For U.S. Shows

The New York death metal veterans from Suffocation are proud to announce the Obliterating North American 2015 tour set to kick off in just a few days.

The band is playing the Housecore Horror Film Festival in San Antonio, TX on November 14 and decided to add six additional special shows. The tour will kick off on November 12 in Sanford Florida with stops in New Orleans, Indianapolis and closing on November 18 in Toledo, OH. Confirmed dates are as follows:

11/12 Sanford, FL @ West End Live
11/13 New Orleans, LA @ The Willow
11/14 San Antonio, TX @ Housecore Horror Festival III
11/15 Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic Lounge
11/16 Clarksville, TN @ The Warehouse
11/17 Indianapolis, IN @ Emerson Theatre
11/18 Toledo, OH @ Frankies

Suffocation's last album, "Pinnacle of Bedlam," landed at #152 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart and at #2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) Chart. It was produced by the band and tracked at Full Force Studios in New York by longtime collaborator Joe Cincotta. The mixing and mastering was handled this time around by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss. More...

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King Diamond Added to Housecore Horror Film Fest

This November, Philip H. Anselmo's Housecore Horror Fest will celebrate its third year of audio and visual bedlam. Set to commence in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater (201 E Commerce St.) on November 13th -15th, 2015, the horror-themed film and metal gala promises to be louder, gorier and more bludgeoning than ever before boasting two film-screening rooms, multiple vendors, special artist signings throughout the weekend and what's morphing into one of the most debilitating lineups of the year!

Already stacked with a crushing bill that includes Agoraphobic Nosebleed performing their second show ever, Corrosion Of Conformity featuring Pepper Keenan, Claudio Simonetti's Goblin doing a live score of George Romero's Dawn Of The Dead, Superjoint, Eyehategod, Nails, Crowbar, Dropdead, Autopsy, Poison Idea, and so many others, the gatekeepers of Housecore Horror Fest today welcome the additions of thrash metal icons, Exodus, veteran death metal legion, Incantation, apocalyptic hardcore punk unit, Gasmiasma, atmospheric drone doom duo, Muscle And Marrow and theatrical heavy metal legend King Diamond whose performance will feature 1987 quintessential second full-length, Abigail, in its harrowing entirety! As an added bonus, Gwar's fabled Sleazy P. Martini will also be attending the annual gathering as a special guest!

And the awesome won't stop there. The fest has expanded the range of its grotesqueries, with a second stage located just steps away from the Aztec Theater. The Korova, at 107 E. Martin St. in San Antonio, will play host to even MORE bands throughout the weekend. Stay tuned for additional band announcements for The Korova in the coming weeks.

Comments Anselmo: "I am beyond excited to announce that the mighty King Diamond will be attacking the house on Friday the 13th at the Housecore Horror Festival. All hail the King."

Adds Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor, who's shaping this year's HHF lineup alongside Anselmo: "It's been a lot of fun piecing together this lineup with Philip. It's gonna be a wild one, so get your tickets while you still can!" More...

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