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Drummer Michael Smith Makes Bold Statement On 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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7 Comments on "Drummer Mike Smith Reportedly Leaves Suffocation"

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1. Greyback writes:

Wow.

# Feb 23, 2012 @ 1:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. R10 writes:

No way! Say it aint so. One of my all-time favorite death metal bands,period! Hopefully issues are resolved,people come to thier senses. Be interesting to hear more about whats going on;whether it means Suffocation is now on hiatus. Hopefully not.

# Feb 23, 2012 @ 1:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. Diamond Oz writes:

I really hope not. Suffocation is one of the few death metal bands I really like, chiefly for Smiths drumming.

# Feb 23, 2012 @ 1:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Dasher10 writes:

Damn, guy was one of the greatest metal drummers of all time. Met him one, cool guy.

# Feb 23, 2012 @ 2:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. xulbehemoth509 writes:

WHAT?! No good at all. Metal gods, arise and fix this! We don't need another good band breaking up or going on hiatus over some bullsh**.

# Feb 23, 2012 @ 3:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. KC writes:

This sucks.....bad a$$ drummer They'll probably get Culross to fill in.

# Feb 23, 2012 @ 6:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. RememberMetal? writes:

Suffocation = Mike Smith.

# Feb 24, 2012 @ 7:37 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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