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30 April 2002 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 30 April 2002
  • Label: Relapse Records
  • Copyright: (c) 2002 Relapse Records, Inc.
  • Total Length: 16:33
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  • ASIN: B001HMG8CO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,806 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 1 Sep 2005
Format: Audio CD
After having been dropped from Roadrunner (along with seemingly every other death metal band on the label) Suffocation found their career in trouble, and this mini-album (originally released on some tiny obscure label called Vulture) represented their last attempt to get noticed before calling it a day. Consisting of 4 new songs and a re-recording of Catatonia (from their debut mini-album Human Waste), Despise the Sun is undoubtedly the bands best release since their classic Effigy of the Forgotten, featuring some incredibly complex and heavy technical death metal. Another new drummer comes along in the shape of the mighty Dave Culross, who injects some savage pace into the material, though in common with a lot of Scott Burns production they seem a little quiet in the mix, particularly the snare drum during the blastbeat sections. Alas, despite it's quality Despise the Sun failed to resurrect Suffocation's career, but despite it's brevity this is one release that fans of the band do not want to miss.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rob on 14 Dec 2007
Format: Audio CD
I love this EP by Suffocation it realy is one of their best offerings. I think this was Suffocation's best line up in my opinion due mainly to the addition of drummer Dave Culross. Not that I don't think Mike Smith isn't good he just isn't as proficient as Dave in my opinion. This would have been my favourite release from them if they had made a few extra songs. However, every track is excellent and the remake of Catatonia is alot more polished than the original. It's hard to say which is my favourite track on this album but if I had to choose it would be the opener "Funeral Inception". The album is just over 15 minutes long which isn't long but it's not about quantity here it's all about the quality and boy did these guys deliver. If your a fan of this band or your into Death Metal you can't go wrong with this album. Suffocation is the most intense and original brutal death metal band in the world, period! It is a perfect 5 star album.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. G. Hazeldine on 22 Jun 2002
Format: Audio CD
Unfortunately, this is the last Suffocation CD. It's just been re-released by Relapse (who marketed the bands first CD, "Human Waste", back in the early 90's).
Another change of drummer (almost Spinal Tap, isn't it?), with the very excellent Dave Culross coming in (went on to do work with Malevolent Creation, and has just taken time off for his family). This means another step-up in the quality of the drumming, which has gotten progressively better with each successive album.
The guitars remain as they were: fast, downtuned, and (of course) complex. Although there is a re-working of "Catatonia", these new songs are very interesting. As well as being allowed to write faster paced songs (due to the addition of Culross), some interesting rythms appear.
Although still not very catchy, and hence hard to recall (I've only had the CD a short while!), each of the songs is again very brutal, and the lyrical content quite intelligent.
Some nice solo's intermix the crushing riffs, and the slight increase in pace works very well.
Mullen's voice keeps it's bark well within the realms of the other releases, but is still welcome, and essential to the overall sound.
Overall, better production, and better pace, makes for a slightly better album then the others. Apart from one thing: there's not enough songs on this to satisfy people like me, and I was hoping that this was a prelude to another album...
Oh well, as Iron Maiden put it so well:-
"Only the good die young, All the evil seem to last forever"
Such is life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Probably the second best effort by NYC's most brutal 2 Nov 2007
By Zander Haberstaft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Despise the Sun" of 1998 is as good, second for second, as "Pierced from Within". This five song EP doesn't have a weak moment in it and is produced much like the prior effort by the master of all Death Metal production, Scott Burns. (Okay, the bass end is a little too heavy.) Starting off with the groove heavy "Funeral Inception", Dave Culross (Malevolent Creation, great drummer) drives the song with his super consistent double bass and great feel. But no Suffocation album would be complete without Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs, one of the best guitar duos in metal history alongside Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman, Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt. The riffs are as clever and ever changing as the minute counter on the play button of your CD player.

The tempos most go between the fast double time thrashing and medium paced blast beats but there are a few slower groove heavy parts ("Catatonia") with a little Hardcore flavor (like they're summoning the ghost of the Cro-mags). The bass is kinda twangy and mixed a little lower than most bands would go, but I think it only adds to the character of the overall sound. Frank Mullen's low lingering growl keeps the entire album together.

It is short but is as good as "Pierced" time wise, so it definitely is worth picking up. Too bad they didn't keep Dave Culross, and too bad they didn't stay together during what looks in retrospect to be their creative peak. A quality album recommended to every Suffocation fan and every discerning Death Metal listener.
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By matroy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After hearing this album, I had to purchase all of the other Suffocation recordings to see how they compare. And frankly, I didn't need to look any further than this e.p. These 5 songs have been stuck in my head for weeks. Amazing production, technicality, and songwriting. You need this!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
If You've never heard them- Start Here! 18 Jun 2003
By "lashawn1" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
If you love Pure, traditional, no frills or B.S. Death metal......Suffocation is the band for you. This EP is their best music.....i have all of their albums and Despise the sun comes of as the cleanest and most brutal of all their music. All of their albums are good, but if i only could keep one...it would be this one. The vocals are perfect gutteral vocals....not unrealistic harmonized(Bear being gutted), or annoying black metal shreaking. The vocals are the way death metal are supposed to be. The guitars shred with great riffs that are not boring, and make you(force you) to bang your head. They dont play the same riff that sounds like a puddle of mud for 2 minutes straight, nor are they so technical(dillinger escape plan), that it sounds like mess and where there is no harmony or order.....(a note on that) Before you can break the rules of music, You have to know them first...alot of these bands try to be so technical that it kills the enjoyability of the music.Suffocation is right on. They rule, this is their best CD. Take the word of someone who listens to every type of metal and punk out there, from street punk to goregrind to hardcore to crustcore to power and speed metal. This is a must buy. Enjoy.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Suffocation's final suffocating Death Metal grasp... 14 May 2002
By Sean - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The purveyor's of Extreme music are back with, sadly, their last album. Actually this is an e.p., but it still feels like a loss. Suffocation has always meant business wether it was shoving gutteral Death Metal vocals down your throat, or crussing your rib cage with an assault of double-bass drums and blastbeats enough to level the entire city of New York City. This is Suffocation which also means it's well worth your money. I thought this was their best one to date. It's very technical and very brutal. Not to mention the sample in the beginning of "Funeral Inception" is just worth the cd itself.
after all these years....... 22 July 2013
By Christoph Oberjohann - Published on Amazon.com
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Im just gonna say this and thats it. Suffocation has never put out a disappointing album.Release after release have been meat and potatoes death metal. Kudos to you guys!!!!
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