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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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Extremefest 2012 Confirmed For July

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on July 5th through the 7th in the three cities of Hunxe, Salzburg and Pratteln. It will feature over seventy bands on two stages, with acts still confirming. Head on over to the Extremefest website and Facebook events page for more information. The event is being presented by Metal Hammer, Noizeletter, Legacy, Musix, Metalnews.de, Metal.de, Blast Corpse Promotion (DE) and Catapult Promotion (AT). Check out the list of confirmed bands below, which includes the first European performance of Guttural Secrete.

5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

Cannibal Corpse
Exodus
Suicide Silence
Belphegor *the return of BELPHEGOR*
Marduk
Asphyx
Nasum
Suffocation
Eisregen
All Shall Perish
Carnifex
Arkona
Origin
Suicidal Angels
Dornenreich – exclusive Metal-Set!
Deströyer 666
Cephalic Carnage
Desaster (Germany only)
Milking The Goatmachine
Helrunar
Wormed
Trollfest
Inquisition
Excrementory Grindfuckers
Aborted
Darkened Nocturn Slaughtercult
Nexus Inferis
Internal Suffering *comeback shows*
Severe Torture
Hellish Crossfire
Condemned
Eis
Gama Bomb
Helheim
Disavowed
Farsot
Riger
Malignancy
Hellsaw
Forgotten Tomb *AT & DE only*
Rompeprop
Benighted
Agrypnie
Ultrawurscht *AT only*
Ingested
Wormrot
Rectal Smegma
Dawn of Disease
Spasm
Hour of Penance
Guttural Secrete More...

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Forgotten Tomb Confirmed For Extremefest 2012

Extremefest 2012 will take place in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland on the following dates:

5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 DE – Hünxe, ExtremeFest Germany
5. July 2012 - 7. July 2012 AT – Salzburg, ExtremeFest Austria
5. July 2012 – 7. July 2012 CH – Pratteln, ExtremeFest Switzerland

The organizers of Extremefest have now issued the following announcement about confirming Forgotten Tomb and Ultrawurscht:

"Forgotten Tomb been around since 1999 and the Italians have caused quite a stir in the black and dark metal underground! 'Songs To Leave' (2002) or 'Love`s Burial Ground' (2004) are rightfully considered milestones of melancholic dark metal that the fourpiece infuses with doom and black metal elements. In 2011, Forgotten Tomb released their most recent effort 'Under Saturn Retrograde' and fans can look forward to one of the rare appearances of the Italians at the Austrian and German editions of Extremefest!

"It´s all about the sausage with Bavarian / Austrian act Ultrawurscht! Their highly explosive mixture of death metal, grind and hardcore – or simply 'Wurschtcore' – will one day conquer the world, and if you had the chance to check out albums such as 'Cheese Ass Built My Hot Dog' you`ll agree! Mixing metal and sausages should be declared a form of art anyway, so slap some wieners on the grill before checking out Ultrawurscht`s exclusive set at the Austrian edition of the Extremefest 2012!"

So far these bands have been confirmed to play Extremefest 2012: More...

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Cerebral Bore Kicking Off U.K. Tour

Scottish death metallers Cerebral Bore are kicking off a mini U.K. tour with death metal legends Suffocation tonight - Tuesday, 13th March - at The Underworld in London. The band will be playing four shows before heading off to perform at Hammerfest on Saturday March 17th, joining the likes of Anthrax, Skindred, Amon Amarth, Diamond Plate, Evile, Savage Messiah, and more.

Cerebral Bore guitarist Paul McGuire comments:

"We can't wait for this tour - who wouldn't want to tour with Suffocation? We spent some time with Suffocation, Blood Red Throne and Cattle Decapitation in Holland last week, and we all can't wait to hit the road together!"

Don't miss Cerebral Bore on tour at the following shows:

Mar. 13 - London, UK - The Underworld
Mar. 14 - Derby, UK - The Old Bell
Mar. 15 - Liverpool, UK - O2 Academy
Mar. 16 - Dublin, Ireland - The Pint
Mar. 17 - Prestatyn, UK - Hammerfest

View the tour flyer at this location. You can also watch the band's official music video for the track "The Bald Cadaver" in the player below. More...

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New Suffocation Interview Footage Posted

Recent interview footage with U.S. technical death metal band Suffocation was posted on the web. The interview was conducted by IRKA in Poland, where the band is wrapping up its Eastern European tour (which ends in Moscow on Friday, March 9, 2012). The band is now featuring the return of Dave Culross on drums, who replaced the recently departed Michael Smith.

Check out the interview here:

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70,000 Tons of Metal Day 4: Doesn't get any better

Although there had certainly been nothing to complain about with the weather thus far on the cruise, the final full day heralded the most perfect weather we had seen yet: not a cloud in the sky, deliciously warm, and thankfully not too windy (which had previously been a problem from time to time). With a full complement of great bands to check out and oddly, no ill-effects from the previous night's alcoholic adventures, I was primed for an absolutely awesome day.

Check out the day 4 photos: Atheist, Alestorm, Gravedigger, Coroner, Amorphis, Venom, Suffocation. More...

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Drummer Mike Smith Reportedly Leaves Suffocation

It appears there is trouble in the Suffocation camp as drummer Michael Smith is apparently having differences with other band mates. Other news sources indicate that he has left the band entirely, but there has been no official word from the band or label Nuclear Blast as of yet. However, it is clear from the following statement on Smith's Facebook page, that he is not pleased with the founding members:

There are not many things related to the suffocation brand I can honestly say brings me sadness. Except, the lack of pride that exists within those who have the “right” to claim the name as their own.

This battle has been one that to any focused being, should make obvious sense but has evaded some for 2 decades. Within any foundation the weakest link will always cause all structure to crumble.

The one fact that keeps me at peace is the fact that anyone who has ever seen or spoken to me regarding Suffocation and the industry as a whole, has always left with an understanding of the level of focus and pride that I personally hold for myself, the brand that is Suffocation and the genre We influence and helped create.

As I´ve always said, if you are willing to put your time and soul towards anything at
Be willing to speak truths, fight and bleed for it if need be.

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Hate Cancels European Tour

Hate has posted the following message online about canceling the band's upcoming European shows with Suffocation:

"Regrettably Hate will not play on the announced European tour dates with Suffocation and Cattle Decapitation.

"This decision was not made lightly, but out of personal reasons we are unable to be part of the tour. We wish the other bands all the best for the tour and hope you, our fans, still go out and support this awesome line-up.

"To all our European fans, we are going to make up for it and already have some things planned for later this year.

"In addition, we are already in the song writing mode and working on some material for the new album which is due to be recorded this summer with a tentative release date in autumn by our new label Napalm Records."

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70,000 Tons of Metal 2012 Day 2: A Sea of Metal

My fellow cruise ship warriors and I awoke on day 2 to a cloudless sunny sky and blue oceans as far as the eye could see in every direction. With the movement of the boat barely noticable, I went to find my friends - mobile phone communication had been impossible since the previous evening, so if you wanted to find someone, you had to know where they would be. I found them at the buffet, where metalheads in varying stages of wakefulness were ploughing through mountains of eggs, bacon, sausages and pancakes. Tea and coffee were the more popular beverages but the drinks waiters were already getting busy ferrying beers back and forth. More...

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Annihilator Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following update about adding Annihilator to the lineup:

"The Canadian Scouting Party Has Been Attacked! While on their way back across the Atlantic they received word from the scouting party in Canada: Before it had a chance to leave the capital city, it was attacked by an ANNIHILATOR! Sailors, please welcome another Canadian Metal Legend on board 70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival!

"But that's not all... as a special treat, Jeff Waters will be holding an exclusive Guitar Clinic on board!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

32 of the 40 total bands have been revealed, and the currently announced lineup is as follows: More...

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Venom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The 70,000 Tons of Metal Cruise organizers have issued the following announcement about confirming Venom as the latest band to appear at the festival:

"Injected With Deadly Toxin: Please Welcome VENOM On Board! To travel from the North Sea into the Atlantic Ocean, they must sail around the British Isles. Before doing so they decided to visit a town in North East England that they are familiar with from last year: Newcastle, and what a welcome they got! On arrival they all got injected by a deadly toxin: VENOM!

"70000TONS OF METAL, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival now sails through the Channel into the Atlantic. Our course: Straight West. Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean 'Majesty of the Seas' from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

30 out of a total of 40 bands on board have been confirmed. The current lineup is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VENOM
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Pretty Maids Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about confirming Pretty Maids for the floating festival:

"It's getting to be winter up there in the Baltics. The days are getting shorter and you have to wait long periods to see the sun. Tired of waiting in Finland, they sailed over to Denmark. After they passed through the Great Belt they made a short stop in the city of Horsens. They should have gone there earlier, because you know what they found? Some really PRETTY MAIDS! Full steam ahead through the Skagerrak!

"Make no mistake, 70000TONS OF METAL is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass!

"70000TONS OF METAL will sail Monday, January 23, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas” from Miami FL to George Town, Cayman Islands and will not return you to the real world for four days until Friday, January 27, 2012."

So far 29 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known. Currently confirmed bands are as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
PRETTY MAIDS
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Suffocation To Headline Manitoba Metalfest

Long Island’s veteran death metal band, Suffocation, has been announced as a headlining act for the 11th annual Manitoba Metalfest, set to take place at The Zoo on Friday, February 24th and Saturday, February 25th. Suffocation will close out the festivities on Saturday night, while Into Eternity will headline Friday’s show.

Stay tuned for more information on Suffocation and the band’s 2012 full-length release (Nuclear Blast Records).

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The Goregrowler's Ball 5, Day 3

Death is just the beginning, so says the title of Nuclear Blast’s compilation series. In the case of The Goregrowler’s Ball 5, death was just the beginning on Friday. Once Sunday, the third and final day of the fest arrived, many were feeling death was never ending. After three days of having one’s body blasted by the hardest, fastest and loudest music known to man, a headache or two afflicted more than one of the band members and ticket purchasers. Due to little seating, the vendors claimed most of the seating inside, many found a curb or fence to rest their ailing backs and feet.

Those taking in all three days were not about to give in to their fatigue, though. While just about everyone took occasional retreats to the parking lot to recharge at their cars (and party), most third-day attendees hung in to the very end. These metal warriors conjured the strength to bang bodies (even after massive bruising) one more time during Suffocation’s closing set.

Unfortunately, the number of purchases at the door was significantly less than the first two days. Hirax and Brutal Truth made climatic performances. Even before taking in our first act of the day, The Goregrowler’s Ball lone stoner/doom band, Pill Crusher, we felt something was amiss. According to a post on promoter Aaron Mendiola’s Facebook page, Sunday continued the trend of the previous days with a headcount fewer than 100 paying customers. The number of band members, vendors and sponsors gave the false impression of more money being exchanged. Because of the poor turn out, bands weren’t paid, a custom guitar was taken away from its raffle and raffle ticket holders weren’t refunded their money, and bands cancelled. More...

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Ibex Moon CD Giveaway at Goregrowler's Ball

Ibex Moon records, one of America's premiere outlets for black and death metal, will be giving away CDs to the first 100 gore fiends to enter the Goregrowler Ball's blood-stained premises. This brutal grab bag will be offered on all three days, so make sure to show up early.

The Metal Underground-sponsored event takes place November 18th-20th at the Korova Club in San Antonio, Texas. Make sure to come out and have your eardrums bashed in by such vaunted artists as Suffocation, Exhumed, Solstice, Nokturnel, Havok, Phobia, Brutal Truth and Goatwhore.

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Children Of Bodom To Play 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Children of Bodom is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which takes place from January 23rd - 27th, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas.” So far 28 out of 40 bands have been confirmed, and the currently announced list is as follows:

ALESTORM
AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CHILDREN OF BODOM
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Kamelot Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal Lineup

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about adding Kamelot to the 2012 lineup:

"Tonight they anchored in the Tampa Bay where it came to them like a knight in a dark night: Please welcome Kamelot on board 70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival. Are they staying in the Sunshine State for longer or will they sail onwards? You shall know soon..."

The cruise sets sail on January 23rd, 2012 from Miami FL and returns on January 27th. So far the following 26 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known:

AMORPHIS
ATHEIST
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
KAMELOT
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PENTAGRAM
PESTILENCE
RIOT
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Atheist Confirmed For 70,000 Tons Of Metal

The organizers of the 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise have issued the following announcement about Atheist being the latest act confirmed for the festival:

"70,000 Tons of Metal, The World's Biggest Floating Heavy Metal Festival passed the Florida Straight and then turned North. They decided to make a short stop in Sarasota to look for more signs, but the people there don't believe in signs, in fact they don't believe in anything, they are ATHEIST! 25 out of 40 as they continue to sail along the US Gulf Coast...

"Make no mistake, 70,000 Tons of Metal is not your grandma's cruise. It's also not one of the cruises that share the ship with normal cruise guests. This is an all heavy metal cruise! Can you imagine that? A whole luxury cruise ship full of metalheads? And since there is no backstage area you will have the opportunity to mingle side-by-side with the artists in this incredibly fan-friendly scenario that has no comparison. It's like everyone has a backstage pass! So far 25 out of a total of 40 bands on board are known: More...

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Maryland Deathfest 2012 Final Bands Confirmed

The tenth annual Maryland Deathfest is set to take place in Baltimore, Maryland on May 24-27, 2012 and the final 12 bands were recently announced. They are:

BRUJERIA (Mexico)
AGALLOCH
ARCHGOAT (Finland)
YOB
DYING FETUS
BLACK WITCHERY
UNANIMATED (Sweden)
RORSCHACH
MORGION
NEEDFUL THINGS (Czech Republic)
DIE PIGEON DIE (Australia)
EXTERMINATION ANGEL

Additionally, the organizers have announced the lineup for the first day (Thursday). AUTOPSY will be headlining this day and the rest of the bands playing will be: AGALLOCH, EYEHATEGOD, RORSCHACH, DYING FETUS, DESASTER, NEEDFUL THINGS, DIE PIGEON DIE, and EXTERMINATION ANGEL.

Four-day passes (Thursday-Sunday) and 3-day passes (Friday-Sunday) will go on sale on Monday, September 26th. Single day tickets for Thursday will also go on sale on the 26th. More...

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Suffocation Added To 70,000 Tons Of Metal

Suffocation is the latest act to be confirmed for the upcoming 70,000 Tons of Metal cruise, which sets sail on Monday, January 23rd, 2012 aboard the Royal Caribbean “Majesty of the Seas" from Miami, FL. So far 22 of a total of 40 bands have been confirmed. The current list is as follows:

AMORPHIS
CANNIBAL CORPSE
CORONER
DARK FUNERAL
ELUVEITIE
GOD DETHRONED
GRAVE DIGGER
HAMMERFALL
IN EXTREMO
MOONSORROW
MY DYING BRIDE
NIGHTWISH
OVERKILL
PESTILENCE
SAMAEL
STRATOVARIUS
SUFFOCATION
TANKARD
THERION
TRISTANIA
VIRGIN STEELE
WHIPLASH

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Cephalic Carnage Added to Goregrowler's Ball

Goregrowler Entertainment has announced the addition of tech-death icons Cephalic Carnage to the 5th annual Goregrowler's Ball.

The steadfast Relapse Records artist joins Suffocation, Aborted, Hirax, Exhumed, Internal Bleeding, Goatwhore, Deceased and many other artists. The Goregrowler's Ball 5 takes place at Korova in San Antonio Texas on November 18th - 20th, 2011.

You can find more information on the Goregrowler's Ball by heading over to the Goregrowler Entertainment website at this location.

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