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Suffocation

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

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Suffocation Announces Headlining Tour

New York based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION will tour North America this Fall with THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH, and Italy’s FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. The tour is being called the “The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010” and is being sponsored by Decibel Magazine and the Extreme Management Group. Tour dates will be announced shortly.

"SUFFOCATION is excited that Nuclear Blast, Decibel Magazine and Extreme Management Group have teamed up to deliver you the most heinous tour of the Fall,” commented the group. “This is one of the most brutal lineups for us ever including THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH, and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. We welcome you to come experience the devastating speed, mind-bending technicality, and relentless brutality of The Decibel Defiance Tour!”

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Sadistik Forest Signs To Violent Journey Records

Finnish death metal band Sadistik Forest has signed a deal with VIOLENT JOURNEY RECORDS. The band’s self titled debut will be released on August 12th 2010. The official album release show is scheduled for August 14th 2010 in Jalometalli Metal Festival, Oulu, Finland. Other confirmed acts are Destruction, Suffocation, Carcass, Triptykon etc.

Sadistik Forest was formed in 2007 by guitarist Antti Heikkinen, drummer Vesa Mutka and bassist/vocalist Markus Makkonen. The line-up was completed early this year, when guitarist Matti Salo joined the ranks. Sadistik Forest’s riff-based, ferocious and brutal, assault has often been compared to Unleashed and early Morbid Angel. More...

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Gravdal To Play Hole In The Sky Festival

Norwegian black metal act Gravdal is set to perform at the 2010 edition of the Hole in the Sky festival on August 28th in Bergen. Other confirmed acts for the festival, which takes place from the 24th - 28th, include Ihsahn, Suffocation, Rotting Christ, VON, Evile, The Devil's Blood, and more. Additional details on the festival can be found at this location. Gravdal has also posted a new widget online containing sample tracks and press clippings about the band, which can be viewed below. More...

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Von To Perform At Hole In The Sky

The 2010 edition of the Hole In The Sky festival is set to take place in Bergen, Norway from August 24th - 28th. The organizers have now issued the following update about Von performing at the festival:

"We promised you one surprise act, here is another: One of THE cult acts in the Black Metal Pantheon, the legend that is VON will perform in Bergen during Hole in the Sky 2010. Their two demos 'Satanic Blood' and 'Blood Angel' are among the most unique releases in Black Metal ever, songs like 'Lamb,' 'Devil Pig,' 'Veadtuck,' and 'Watain' have never been copied or bettered in all their minimalistic, hypnotic glory. Founding members Goat and Venien have decided to reform VON for a select number of shows, with Hole in the Sky being one the few festivals."

Comments the band: "Hole in the Sky Festival is a gathering of the Hordes of Norwegian Darkness and Ritual of Chaos, and that in itself is a significant precursor to our involvement and participation. VON is pleased and honored to be included within the ranks of such bands. VON will perform as special guest on the Wednesday dubbed Invocation together with Rotting Christ, Dead Congregation, Repugnant, Grave Miasma and Urfaust."

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Sunday Old School: Suffocation

The New York death metal scene may not be quite as revered as the New York hardcore scene, but no-one can deny that it has produced some great results. One of the most acclaimed bands in death metal emerged from this scene, namely the grindcore-influenced Suffocation. Suffocation was formed in 1989 by vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Guy Marchais and Todd German, bassist Josh Barohn and a friend of his, though lineup would prove to be brief, as Mullen formed a new version of the band shortly afterwards with guitarists Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs, along with drummer Mike Smith, all previously in the band Mortuary. The band took influences from the likes of British grindcore pioneers Napalm Death and Brazilian thrashers Sepultura and released their first EP, "Human Waste," in 1991 through Relapse Records, with a full length debut, "Effigy Of The Forgotten," following later that year via Roadrunner Records. The album was well received and the band went back to the studio to record their second album soon after. "Breeding The Spawn" was released in 1993 through Roadrunner, which was not quite as praised as the bands previous effort.

Drummer Mike Smith left the band after this release and was replaced by Doug Bohn and the band recorded their third studio album, "Pierced From Within," which has since become an extremely influential album in the field of extreme metal. After an EP in 1998 named "Despise The Sun," the band decided to call it a day. The band was not to remain inactive for long however, as Mullen decided to reform the band in 2003, being joined by original guitarist Guy Marchais, as well as guitarist Terrance Hobbs and drummer Mike Smith, in addition to new bass player Derek Boyer, who was formerly a member of Decrepit Birth. They quickly released a new album, entitled "Souls To Deny," the next year and set about making their mark in the world of metal once again by touring relentlessly, before releasing another well received album in 2006, which was self-titled. The band gained exposure to a completely different kind of audience in 2007, when they appeared in a commercial for The History Channel's documentary on The Dark Ages before splitting from Relapse Records to sign with German label Nuclear Blast for their next album, "Blood Oath," which was released in 2009 and earned the band their first entry into the Billboard album charts, when it reached number 135.

Suffocation is currently touring in support of "Blood Oath" and plans to release a documentary film entitled "Legacy Of Violence" this year, along with many other projects including a comic book and a video game. They are regarded as one of the most influential bands in the history of death metal and many young bands today can be seen wearing Suffocation merchandise and praising the individual members as well as the band itself, with drummer Mike Smith being credited as one of the best drummers in the genre and AllMusic.com naming Frank Mullen as one of the best vocalists in death metal. More...

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Line-Up Announced For SWR Festival

Ireland's Mourning Beloveth are the latest act to be confirmed for Portugal's SWR festival, which takes place from April 30th to May 2nd, 2010. More details on the SWR festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed acts include Dying Fetus, Orphaned Land, Beneath the Massacre, Zeni Geva, Men Eater, Defeated Sanity, Putrid Pile, KK Null, Process of Guilt, Nesseria, Cerebral Bore, Crysys, Kryptos, Prayers of Sanity, and Suffocation.

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Gorgoroth Confirmed For Jalometalli Festival

Norwegian black metal act Gorgoroth has been confirmed to perform at the Jalometalli festival in Oulu, Finland this summer. The festival takes place on August 13th and 14th, 2010. More details on the festival can be found at this location. Other confirmed bands for the festival include Suffocation, Carcass, Destruction, and Dream Evil.

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Suffocation Posts Fuel TV Performance Online

New York based extreme metal act Suffocation recently stopped by the studios of Fuel TV to perform two songs for “The Daily Habit." Watch the band perform the tracks “Cataclysmic Purification," which can be viewed below, and "Blood Oath,” which can be found after the jump.

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Devildriver Guitarists Checks In From The Road

Devildriver guitarist Mike Spreitzer has checked in from the bands current headlining tour with a message to the band's fans. It reads as follows:

"It feels so good to be on a full-on metal tour again in the States. Our second tour with Thy Will Be Done and our first with Suffocation and Goatwhore. All excellent bands and a shit load of fun to get drunk with. All the shows have been amazing. Last night we played the Gothic Theater in Englewood, CO just outside of Denver. We had a great show and made our way to a club that a friend of ours works at (which means free drinks!!!!) I'm not sure what the theme of the night was at the club but I have never seen so many transvestites in one place. (Not that there is anything wrong with that!!!!)"

Guitarist Jeff Kendrick states: "Into the second week of our Bound By The Road tour (2010) edition and it is going fucking fantastic! First of all, I want to wish everyone a Happy New Year! I hope everyone is off to a great start of the year and I wish everyone a bright and prosperous 2010! More...

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Gojira Announces Only UK Show For 2010

GOJIRA has announced that its only show in the United Kingdom will be its act on the Bloodstock Open Air Festival bill. Although GOJIRA has stated it will be playing more shows in the US, no new tour dates have been released as of yet. The current Bloodstock Open Air Festival lineup is as follows:

OBITUARY, ROSS THE BOSS, RAGE, ANDROMEDA, BEHEMOTH, DEVIN TOWNSEND, DORO, LEAVES EYES, SUFFOCATION, DREAM EVIL, CANNIBAL CORPSE, KORPIKLAANI, GWAR, CHILDREN OF BODOM, FEAR FACTORY, AMORPHIS, GOJIRA

The Bloodstock Open Air Festival is currently scheduled for August 13th, 14th, and 15th.

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Suffocation Posts DVD Teaser Trailer

New York death metallers Suffocation have posted a teaser trailer online titled "Frank the Tank," which is from their upcoming DVD "Legacy of Violence." The video clip can be viewed below.


Legacy of Violence Dvd preview

SUFFOCATION | MySpace Music Videos

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Suffocation Updates North American Tour

Suffocation has added on several dates to their upcoming North American tour alongside DevilDriver, Goatwhore, and Thy Will Be Done. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

1/7 Pomona, California
1/7 The Glasshouse Pomona, California
1/8 Slims San Francisco, California
1/9 Majestic Ventura Theater Ventura, California
1/11 Peter’s Room at Roseland Theater Portland, Oregon
1/12 Studio Seven Seattle, Washington
1/13 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC - CANADA
1/15 Mesa Theater Grand Junction, Colorado
1/16 Gothic Theatre Englewood, Colorado
1/18 The Rock Maplewood, Minnesota
1/19 The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1/20 House of Blues Chicago, Illinois
1/21 Mr. Smalls Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1/22 The Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
1/23 Al Rosa Villa Columbus, Ohio
1/24 Mad Hatter Covington, Kentucky
1/25 Jaxx W. Springfield, Virginia
1/26 Norva Norfolk, Virginia
1/27 Polaris Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1/28 Toad’s Place New Haven, Connecticut
1/29 The Palladium Worcester, Massachusetts
1/30 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
1/31 The Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, New York
2/1 Club Soda Montreal, QC - CANADA
2/2 The Opera House Toronto, ON - CANADA
2/4 The Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
2/6 Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
2/8 Emo’s Austin, Texas
2/10 Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, New Mexico
2/11 The Rock Tucson, Arizona
2/12 House of Blues Hollywood, California

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Headliners Confirmed For Bloodstock Open Air

The organisers of Britain's Bloodstock Open Air festival has announced that Finnish heavy metal outfit Children Of Bodom and industrial metal legends Fear Factory will be headlining the 2010 edition of the event.

Children Of Bodom's Alexi Laiho comments: "I'm really glad we're playing Bloodstock next year – it's the only UK show for us in 2010, and the crowd over there has been awesome for us lately!"

The lineup is now as follows:

Amorphis
Andromeda
Behemoth
Cannibal Corpse
Children Of Bodom
Doro
Dream Evil
Fear Factory
Gwar
Korpiklaani
Leaves' Eyes
Obituary
Rage
Ross The Boss
Suffocation
Devin Townsend

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Nervecell To Play Sri Lanka with As I Lay Dying

U.A.E death metalers NERVECELL will be performing live in Colombo, Sri Lanka on December 19, 2009 with AS I LAY DYING. "We had played with AILD at Dubai Desert Rock Festival 2008 and it’s really great to be sharing the stage with them once again, only this time in a whole new country!," commented the band.

This will be Nervecell’s first ever live show in Sri Lanka. The show will be taking place in Sugathadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka – December 19, 2009.

As previously reported, NERVECELL will tour Europe / UK with SUFFOCATION on the Legacy of Blood European Tour in March 2010. Also appearing on this tour are Annotations of An Autopsy (UK), Fleshgod Apocalypse (Italy) and Burning The Masses (US).

The band commented: "It's a great honor for us to tour with Suffocation, as they have been a major musical influence on every member of Nervecell. We grew up listening to Suffocation and to go on the road with them is just mind-blowing for us! The band is proud to be the first from the Middle East to tour alongside one of the fore fathers of the death metal scene."

Here are the Legacy of Blood European Tour 2010 dates:

12.03.10 Holland, Utrecht @ Tivoli
13.03.10 Germany, Karlsruhe @ Substage
14.03.10 Germany, Hamburg @ Markthalle
15.03.10 Denmark, Aarhus @ Voxhall
16.03.10 Germany, Berlin @ Columbia Club
17.03.10 Poland, Warsaw @ Klub Progresja
18.03.10 Slovakia, Bratislava @ Randal
19.03.10 Czech Rep, Prague @ Chmelnice
20.03.10 Germany, Leipzig @ Conne Island
21.03.10 Austria, Graz @ Seifenfabrik
22.03.10 Austria, Wien @ Arena
23.03.10 Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Kino Siska
24.03.10 Germany, München @ Feierwerk
25.03.10 Italy, Arcene @ Soundtrack Club
26.03.10 Italy, Rome @ Blackout Club
27.03.10 Italy, Pinarella di Cervia @ Rock Planet
28.03.10 Switzerland, Erstfeld @ Transilvania Live Club
29.03.10 France, Paris @ Glazart
30.03.10 UK, London @ Underworld
31.03.10 Ireland, Dublin @ Whelans
01.04.10 UK, Leeds @ Rios
02.04.10 UK, Birmingham @ O2 Academy 2
03.04.10 Germany, Essen @ Turock, Death Feast Open Air Warm Up
04.04.10 Belgium, Antwerpen @ Trix

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Annotations of an Autopsy Announces New Lineup

UK death metal act ANNOTATIONS OF AN AUTOPSY has posted a brand new song on its MySpace page. The new song, "In Snakes I Bathe," comes off their brand new album "The Reign Of Darkness," which will be released on January 22 via Nuclear Blast (in the UK).

The band has also revealed the identity of their new bass player, Nath Applegate. Commented the new member, "I'm honored to join Annotations Of An Autopsy, I've followed this band since the start. I've been good friends with them for many years now and when I heard of the member loss I decided to offer my services as a bass player to AOAA. I can't wait to get on the road with these guys and play some killer shows. Expect 2010 to be an aggressive year, AOAA's new record is going to fucking slay!" More...

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Goatwhore Added To DevilDriver Tour

Goatwhore has been added on as a supporting act for the upcoming North American tour with DevilDriver and Suffocation. The currently confirmed dates are as follows:

01/07 Pomona, CA The Glasshouse
01/08 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
01/09 Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura Theater
01/11 Portland, OR Peter’s Room at Roseland Theater
01/12 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
01/13 Vancouver, BC Rickshaw Theater
01/15 Grand Junction, CO Mesa Theater & Club
01/16 Englewood, CO Gothic Theater
01/18 Maplewood, MN The Rock
01/19 Milwaukee, WI The Rave

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Nervecell To Tour Europe With Suffocation

Dubai metal band NERVECELL has announced a Europe / UK tour with US death metal band SUFFOCATION. The tour, entitled "LEGACY OF BLOOD EUROPEAN TOUR 2010" will be taking place in March 2010. Also appearing on this tour are Annotations of An Autopsy (UK), Fleshgod Apocalypse (Italy) and Burning The Masses (US).

"Legacy of Blood European Tour 2010" dates are as follows:

12.03.10 Holland, Utrecht @ Tivoli
13.03.10 Germany, Karlsruhe @ Substage
14.03.10 Germany, Hamburg @ Markthalle
15.03.10 Denmark, Aarhus @ Voxhall
16.03.10 Germany, Berlin @ Columbia Club
17.03.10 Poland, Warsaw @ Klub Progresja
18.03.10 Slovakia, Bratislava @ Randal
19.03.10 Czech Rep, Prague @ Chmelnice
20.03.10 Germany, Leipzig @ Conne Island
21.03.10 Austria, Graz @ Seifenfabrik
22.03.10 Austria, Wien @ Arena
23.03.10 Slovenia, Ljubljana @ Kino Siska
24.03.10 Germany, München @ Feierwerk
25.03.10 Italy, Arcene @ Soundtrack Club
26.03.10 Italy, Rome @ Blackout Club
27.03.10 Italy, Pinarella di Cervia @ Rock Planet
28.03.10 Switzerland, Erstfeld @ Transilvania Live Club
29.03.10 France, Paris @ Glazart
30.03.10 UK, London @ Underworld
31.03.10 Ireland, Dublin @ Whelans
01.04.10 UK, Leeds @ Rios
02.04.10 UK, Birmingham @ O2 Academy 2
03.04.10 Germany, Essen @ Turock, Death Feast Open Air Warm Up
04.04.10 Belgium, Antwerpen @ Trix

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Suffocation To Support Devildriver

New York death metal legends Suffocation has announced that they will be touring as the direct support act to Devildriver on a North American tour next year. A message from the band reads as follows:

"Suffocation is very excited to be touring with DevilDriver. We know this will be an incredible tour, and encourage the fans to come out and see this amazing lineup!"

The initial tour dates are as follows: More...

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Gwar And Korpiklaani Confirmed For Bloodstock

Bloodstock Open Air has confirmed a further two acts for next years festival. After being forced to pull out in 2009, the organizers have confirmed Gwar will be making an appearance. The Grammy-nominated Scumdogs Of The Universe will be flying in from Antarctica to unleash hell on all in attendance. Frontmonster Oderus Urungus warns us of the impending orgy of bodily fluids, nuclear waste and all manner of murder and vulgarity:

"Greetings people of Earth, it is I, ODERUS URUNGUS, lead singer of the Bloodiest band in metal history, the mighty GWAR! And it is with a sense of toe-curling delight and impending DOOM that I announce the addition of the GWAR to the mammoth BLOODSTOCK Open Air Metal Festival to be held this summer in England. Thats right, from the frozen depths of Antarctica, GWAR brings what BLOODSTOCK needs...BLOOD! Prepare yourself for the most colossal, disgusting, and completely politically incorrect show in metal history! We'll bring the swords, you bring the bodies, and together we shall turn the slam-pit into a seething mass of DEATH not seen in Europe since the fall of Berlin! GWAR is playing BLOODSTOCK...and may the Pope choke on it!"

Finnish folk metallers Korpiklaani will also be bringing their band of merry metal to Derby this summer for their only UK appearance of 2010. The band commented: More...

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Suffocation Posts “Cataclysmic Purification” Video

New York based extreme metallers Suffocatoin have uploaded a video clip for the track “Cataclysmic Purification," which can be viewed below. The footage was directed by David Brodsky with animation by Tim Kellen. The song is taken from Suffocation's latest album "Blood Oath."

Suffocation bassist Derek Boyer stated: "’Cataclysmic Purification’ audibly portrays a calamitous future approaching. With this song and the rest of the album I think we've maintained the musical integrity of the band while still having comprehendible brutality. ‘Blood Oath’ combines straight forward crushing movements with unsuspecting twists that will certainly entertain everyone from the avid SUFFOCATION listener to the 1st time innocent bystanders." More...

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