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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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Goblin To Perform Dawn of the Dead at HHFF

Italian prog-rock legends Goblin are set to perform the entire score to "Dawn of the Dead" at Housecore Horror Film Festival. In 2013, during the festival's inaugural run, Goblin performed the score to Dario Argento's "Suspiria." The festival will be held at the Aztec Theater in San Antonio, Texas on November 13-15. More...

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Round Three of Housecore Horror Film Fest Bands

Poison Idea, Ghoul, Dropdead and Zombi have been added to the roster of this year's bands at Housecore Horror Film Festival. These groups will join Suffocation, Corrosion of Conformity, Autopsy, Crowbar, Eyehategod, Agoraphobic Nosebleed and more bands. More...

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Housecore Horror Film Fest Announces More Bands

Housecore Horror Film Festival has announced another wave of bands. Corrosion of Conformity will be appearing with Pepper Kennan as their front man. Crowbar will make its second appearance at the festival. Agoraphobic Nosebleed will make its second ever live appearance. Also, on the bill are hardcore veterans Negative Approach and Gristnam (formerly known as haarp). More...

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Housecore Horror Festival III Coming

Metal frontman and Housecore Records founder, Philip H. Anselmo, is bringing his horror-themed film and metal festival back for a third year. After a great ride in Austin, the festival will kick off in San Antonio, Texas at the Aztec Theater on November 13th -15th, 2015.

The decision to return was driven by the desire to honor his friend and festival co-founder, Corey Mitchell, who tragically passed away last October.

Mitchell was the driving creative force behind the festival's success, and Anselmo believes there is no better way to pay tribute to his friend than to carry on for a third year. "I've got a great team in place to help make this what Corey and I wanted it to be," he says. "There are a lot of mixed emotions here because no one can replace him. But, we know he would want this to continue and so that's what we're going to do. We miss him and think about him every day."

Bands already confirmed to play are Suffocation, Autopsy, Cripple Bastards, Nails, SYk & Dalila Kayros, YOB, Eyehategod, Child Bite, Warbeast and many more to be announced soon. Maryland Deathfest co-founder Ryan Taylor will be booking bands this year and will help Anselmo craft a musical lineup that would make Mitchell proud.

In addition to showcasing the best in extreme metal, the festival will screen film gems from the personal vaults of both Anselmo and Mitchell. Horror filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films and winners will be selected in various categories and given the coveted Rot-Scar Award. "When Corey and I started this thing, it was important to us that we help independent filmmakers get their incredible work discovered," Anselmo continues. "Nothing has changed, in that respect."

Tickets to go on sale soon - stay tuned for additional announcements. More...

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Thrashback Thursday: Bind Torture Kill

New York has a reputation worldwide for being hard as nails and producing tough guys, which is something that has been represented in their music throughout the decades. Hip hop is a well known contribution New York has made to music, but their punk, hardcore and metal legacy is certainly the stuff of legends as well, having produced such bands as The Ramones, Agnostic Front and Anthrax to name but a few. Another band who personified what their home was all about, particular in the vocalist's accent, was Long Island's own, Suffocation, probably one of New York's best known death metal bands along with Cannibal Corpse. Their music was unforgiving in its brutality and punished the ears of audiences throughout the nineties until the band split in 1998.

Luckily for fans of the group and the genre, Suffocation reunited in 2003 and a year later released the excellent album, "Souls to Deny." The record helped put them back on the metal map after five years away and in 2006, they solidified that the comeback was for real by releasing a self-titled album. Like their previous efforts, the album was a display of sonic violence and extremes, earning good reviews in nearly every publication and delighting fans with a re-recording of the old track, "Prelude to Repulsion" from their album, "Breeding the Spawn." It also produced two music videos, one for "Abomination Reborn" and one for today's featured song, "Bind Torture Kill."

The song was inspired by the serial killer, Dennis Rader, also known as the "BTK strangler" after his infamous signature. This horrifying subject is captured perfectly in the song, which has a pummeling intro before getting into the grizzly business. Like the majority of Suffocation's catalogue, it's a relentless bulldozer of a song, encapsulating the claustrophobic fear of a victim of violence and aggression that comes with a mindset hellbent on causing destruction. It was a highlight on a solid album and was popular enough that even the History Channel, who then actually made programmes about history, took notice and featured the song in an advertisement for their series on the dark ages. It's an excellent slab of brutal death metal that put any worries about Suffocation not living up to their own blood soaked legacy to rest. More...

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Suffocation And Decapitated Announces Live Shows

The death metal masters from Suffocation and Decapitated are teaming up for a co-headlining showdown in Australia and New Zealand. Nuclear Blast Records comments:

"Without any argument, New York’s Suffocation are known for their style of fusing aspects of technical modern metal with the percussive, brutal attack of classic death metal which prove they proudly stand well above the myriads of metal bands in the world today.

"Since their inception way back in 1988, Suffocation have been terrorizing stages across the globe for 25+ years with a backlog of explosively brutal cuts such as Pierced From Within, As Grace Descends, Thrones Of Blood, Infecting The Crypts, Breeding The Spawn and Effigy Of The Forgotten that violently bludgeon your senses while making you bang your head to the uber-groove with technical and precise guitar wizardry melded together with a bone crushing rhythm section and savagely fierce vocal assault, the band proves with every show why they are as well respected as they are. Just listen to their latest album Pinnacle Of Bedlam and you will see what we mean."

Thu 30th April – Christchurch – DuxLive
Fri 1st May – Wellington – Bodega
Sat 2nd May – Auckland – Kings Arms
Wed 6th May – Adelaide – The Gov
Thu 7th May – Brisbane – The HiFi
Fri 8th May – Sydney – The Manning Bar
Sat 9th May – Melbourne – Corner Hotel
Sun 10th May – Perth – The Rosemount Hotel More...

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Suffocation Video Interview Available

Noiseeyes.com has released a new video interview with Suffocation's Terrance Hobbs and Frank Mullen shot at the Metal Days festival in Slovenia last month. Check it out below.

Suffocation will also be hitting the road with Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, and Pyrexia this Fall for the "Carnival of Death" tour. Dates are available at this location.

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Jungle Rot To Tour With Kataklysm, Suffocation

U.S. death metal outfit Jungle Rot will join Katakalysm and Suffocation for the Carnival Of Death Tour, which kicks off October 3rd in New York City.

The annual outing will traverse the U.S. and conclude with a Canadian onslaught, wrapping in Montreal on November 3rd. Additional support will come from Pyrexa and Internal Bleeding.

"Terror Regime," Jungle Rot's eighth studio album, was released via Victory Records in 2013. See the band live on these dates:

10/03 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
10/04 - Hartford, CT @ The Webster
10/05 - Albany, NY @ Bogie's
10/06 - Dayton, OH @ Oddbody's Music Room
10/07 - Chicago, IL @ Reggie's Rock Club
10/08 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
10/10 - Springfield, VA @ Empire
10/11 - Charlotte, NC @ Tremont Music Hall
10/12 - Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
10/15 - Houston, TX @ Scout Bar
10/16 - Austin, TX @ Dirty Dog
10/17 - Fort Worth, TX @ Rail Club
10/18 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
10/19 - Phoenix, AZ @ Joe's Grotto
10/20 - Las Vegas, NV @ Backstage Bar
10/21 - Hollywood, CA @ The Whisky
10/22 - San Fran, CA @ DNA Lounge
10/23 - Portland, OR @ Tonic Lounge
10/24 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
10/25 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
10/26 - Kelowna, BC @ The Level
10/27 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite Room
10/28 - Saskatoon, SK @ Rock Bottom
10/29 - Winnipeg, MB @ The Zoo
10/31 - Sudbury, ON @ TBC
11/01 - Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
11/02 - Rouyn, QC @ Paramount
11/03 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes Electriques

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Pyrexia To Tour With Internal Bleeding, Kataklysm

Unique Leader Records has announced Pyrexia and Internal Bleeding will be a part of this years Carnival of Death tour alongside Suffocation, Kataklysm, and Jungle Rot.

Tour dates will be announced soon, and you can follow announcements about the tour over at the Pyrexia Facebook profile here. More...

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Suffocation Announces New Tour Dates

More than a year has passed since the release of Suffocation's "Pinnacle Of Bedlam." Now the New York extreme metal outfit has announced a return to Europe this summer.

After last years extended “Despise The World European Tour,” Suffocation will be playing several club shows, along with a handful of festivals.

Joining Suffocation for the upcoming road shenanigans will be Denver, CO-based thrashers Havok and Ohio metallers Skeletonwitch. Commented Suffocation on the tour:

“Suffocation will be tearing up Europe again this summer! Our powerhouse tour will have the relenting speed and thrash of Havok and brutal tones of the one and only Skeletonwitch. We hope you all come to the gigs and blow off some much needed aggressions and show how much you love speed, thrash and death metal!!!! Looking forward to seeing you all at the festivals and club shows this summer!” More...

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Nuclear Blast To Release New "Monsters Of Metal"

Nuclear Blast Records will be releasing "Monster of Metal Volume 9," a new DVD/Blu-Ray compilation, on January 10th, 2014.

"Monsters of Metal" will bring you a total of 45 music videos from all corners of the metal genre with a total duration of 211 minutes.

Check out a trailer below, and the complete track listing is as follows:

01. Accept – Teutonic Terror
02. Amorphis – Hopeless Days
03. Avantasia - Sleepwalking
04. Black Star Riders – Hey Judas
05. Doro – Raise Your Fist In The Air
06. Epica – Storm The Sorrow
07. Gotthard- Starlight
08. Korpiklaani - Rauta
09. Nightwish – Storytime (live)
10. Powerwolf – Amen & Attack
11. Rage - 21
12. Sabaton – Ghost Division (live)
13. Sonata Artcica – I Have A Right
14. Threshold – Staring At The Sun
15. Anti-mortem– Stagnant Water
16. Asking Alexandria – Closure
17. Children Of Bodom - Transference
18. Eluveitie - Havoc
19. Hatebreed – Honor Never Dies
20. Heaven Shall Burn– Hunters Will Be Hunted
21. Hypocrisy – End Of Disclosure
22. In Flames – Where The Dead Ships Dwell
23. Kataklysm - Elevate
24. Meshuggah – Break Those Bones Whose Sinews Gave It Motion
25. Moonspell - Lickantrope
26. Nile – Enduring The Eternal Molestation Of Flame
27. Soilwork – Spectrum Of Eternity
28. Suffocation – As Grace Descends
29. Suicide Silence – You Only Live Once
30. Thy Art Is Murder – Reign Of Darkness
31. Death Angel - Truce
32. Destruction - Carnivore
33. Devildriver – The Appetite
34. Kreator – Phantom Antichrist
35. Legion Of The Damned – Mountain Wolves Under A Crescent Moon
36. Lost Society – Kill (those Who Oppose Me)
37. Overkill – Electric Rattlesnake
38. Tankard – A Girl Called Cerveza
39. Testament – Native Blood
40. Free Fall– World Domination
41. Graveyard – Endless Night
42. Kadavar – Come Back Life
43. Orchid - Capricorn
44. Scorpion Child – Polygon Of Eyes
45. The Vintage Caravan – Expand Your Mind More...

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Spread The Metal Fest Cut Down To One Day

Originally scheduled as a two day fest in Toronto, Spread The Metal Fest will now only be taking place on Saturday, Sept 7th at the Opera House with the following line-up:

Suffocation
Kittie
Skull Fist
Augury
Crimson Shadows
Vesperia
Beheading of a King
Deathpoint
Wretchedpain
Answer With Metal

The all-day heavy metal music celebration will be hosted by The Governor, from the "Governor's Ball podcast." All profits are to be donated by Spread the Metal Records to Kiva.org. Tickets are $30 in advance or $35 at the doors, with ticket info available right here.

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Roadrunner Records To Release Box Set

Roadrunner Records has issued the following announcement about releasing a retrospective box set:

"On October 1, we'll be releasing 'XXX: Three Decades of Roadrunner Records,' a four-disc box set that chronicles our first thirty years in existence.

"Each disc in the set will reflect a period in our history, with artists such Mercyful Fate, Deicide, Brujeria, Suffocation, Type O Negative, Slipknot, Machine Head, Sepultura, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Dream Theater, Opeth, Gojira, Airbourne, Black Stone Cherry, and Rush being represented.

"Furthermore, the set will feature liner notes written by Decibel contributor Chris Dick in addition to quotes from founder Cees Wessels; legendary A&R guru Monte Conner; and artists such as King Diamond, Sepultura/Soulfly/Cavalera Conspiracy mastermind Max Cavalera, Trivium frontman Matt Heafy, Opeth leader Mikael Åkerfeldt, Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison, and more."

Further details can be found at this location. More...

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Kittie Added To Spread The Metal Fest Lineup

Spread The Metal Festival has added all-female Canadian heavy metal band Kittie to the Toronto line-up, which also includes Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist, Nephelium, Derelict, Crimson Shadows, Deathpoint, Edge of Attack, Hallows Die, Beheading of The King, and many more.

The bands will be performing to raise funds for Kiva, an organization that reduces poverty by providing monetary support to struggling entrepreneurs in developing countries.

This year's Toronto edition will be held at the famed Opera House on September 7th and 8th. Ticket info is available at this location. The lineup will be:

September 7th

BOTB Winner
Evertrapped
Nephelium
Derelict
The Catalyst
Crimson Shadows
Beheading of a King
Augury
Suffocation

September 8th

Answer With Metal
Hallows Die
TBA
Deathpoint
Edge of Attack
Sanktuary
Skull Fist
The Agonist
Kittie More...

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Spread The Metal Fest Reveals More Details

The organizers of the Spread The Metal Festival have announced this year's Toronto edition will occur at the famed Opera House on September 7th and 8th. The fest will see Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist and many more perform in raising funds for Kiva, an organization that reduces poverty by providing monetary support to struggling entrepreneurs in developing countries. Festival organizer Matt Day comments:

"This is the second of many Spread the Metal Festivals to come, and this one comes to you in the form of Suffocation, The Agonist, Augury, Skull Fist, and 12 more tearing up The Opera House stage in Toronto. 100% of the profits from the festival are going to Kiva.org in order to fight poverty and eventually injustice around the world. There's a lot in it for fans this year as well though, since they can make off with signed albums, VIP experiences, album downloads and so much more. Now go forth and Spread the Metal."

To compliment the festival, the label is launching a crowd funding campaign in order to raise additional funds for Kiva. Among the perks are signed albums and set lists from every band at the festival (including some that aren't), guitar picks, album downloads, etc. As well, fans will have the chance to attend the sound check, hang out with the headliner of their choice, and even punch a record label exec. More...

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Spread The Metal Fest Lineup Announced

This September 7th and 8th, Spread the Metal Records will host the Spread the Metal Festival in Toronto, ON. The festival will see 100% of its profits donated to Kiva, a non-profit organization, which helps people around the world to lift themselves out of poverty.

Headlining the festival will be Suffocation, with additional headliners to be announced at a later date. Direct support will be provided by The Agonist, Augury and Skull Fist. Additional support bands include Beheading of a King, The Catalyst, Edge of Attack, Deathpoint, Crimson Shadows, Nephelium, Hallows Die, Evertrapped, Answer With Metal, and Sanktuary.

2 day tickets for the festival can be found at this location (individual day passes on sale June 1st).

To complement the festival itself, the label is launching a crowd funding campaign in order to raise additional funds for Kiva.

Among the perks are signed albums and set lists from every band at the festival, guitar picks, album downloads, etc. As well, fans will have the chance to attend the sound check, hang out with the headliner of their choice, and even punch a record label exec! Full list of available perks below on the crowd funding page here.

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Cephalic Carnage Announces Tour, Album

Rocky Mountain act Cephalic Carnage has announced a month long European Tour as direct support for death metal legends Suffocation. The tour kicks off on May 9th in Geneva, Swiztzerland and runs through June 8th in Munich, Germany. A complete listing of dates is included below.

Cephalic Carnage has also begun writing new material for a 7th full-length album. More details on this process will be announced shortly. The entire Cephalic Carnage discography is also currently available for streaming via Bandcamp here.

Guitarist Steve Goldberg commented on the upcoming tour:

"We are extremely excited to get back to Europe with our good friends in Suffocation, and to be out there with our local buddies in Havok. There are a few stops we haven't been to in a very long time, and a few places we have never been to. This tour will be brutal!" More...

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Suffocation Posts Lyric Video

New York death metal veterans Suffocation have posted a lyric video for the track “Cycles of Suffering," which is available below.

The song comes off latest album "Pinnacle of Bedlam," released on February 19th, 2013 via Nuclear Blast Records. The band has just confirmed new European tour dates for 2013. Check out the full listing below.

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Suffocation Announces North American Tour Dates

American death metal legends Suffocation have announced that they will be embarking on a tour of North America this April in what is being dubbed the "Despise The World" tour.

Joining them on the trek will be Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings Of Saturn, Adimiron and on select dates, Lord Of War. The tour is in support of the new Suffocation album, "The Pinnacle of Bedlam," which was released this past week through Nuclear Blast Records.

Speaking about the tour, the band stated: "The Pinnacle of Bedlam is approaching! Together with Exhumed, Jungle Rot, Rings Of Saturn, Adimiron, and Lord Of War we will tip the scales of degradation. Fans can prepare to see us performing old and new songs with surgical precision. The hooded messenger of death is now set forth!"

The tour dates are as follows: More...

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Suffocation Premieres "As Grace Descends" Video

New York death metal act Suffocation premiered its new music video for "As Grace Descends" over on Metal Hammer TV (YouTube Channel), which can be viewed below. The song appears on the band's brand new album "Pinnacle of Bedlam" album which was issued last week on Nuclear Blast Records.

Check out "As Grace Descends" here:

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