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Souls To Deny [CD]

Suffocation Audio CD
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Few bands can be credited with creating a legacy, however, legendary New York based extreme metal outfit SUFFOCATION have done just that. For 20 years now SUFFOCATION have been creating music that has become the very standard by which we judge all things extreme.

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RELAPSE RECORDS
  • ASIN: B0001Z3U7E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Surgery of Impalement 3:510.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Demise of the Clone 4:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Subconsciously Enslaved 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Immortally Condemned 6:020.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Tomes of Acrimony 4:300.99  Buy MP3 


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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the masters! 3 Oct 2005
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Suffocation have been away a long time, with their last EP released six years ago, and their last full-length album prior to Souls To Deny a whopping nine years ago. The good news is that the originators of extreme brutal technical death metal haven't lost their touch, and this album still shreds hard enough to keep the band valid in today's scene. Sadly 2nd guitarist Doug Cerrito (last seen in Hate Eternal) hasn't returned to the band, but the god news is the return of original drummer Mike Smith, whose hard-hitting blastbeats played such an important part on Effigy of the Forgotten. Full of twisted riffs, pounding blastbeats, and some serious groove (check out the massive wobbly bass guitar on the album), and a construction where the end of the album loops round to start at the beginning again, Souls to Deny is a welcome return for a key death metal band. Recommended.
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I've had this album about 4 months now and I have to say it is a great album, but it is fair to say that Suffocation have seen better days. If you are a first time Suffocation buyer I would go for either 'Peirced From Within' or 'Effigy Of The Forgotten'. However if you are a true fan of the band then you simply must own this album, its fantastic! The vocals are amazing and the riffs seem to be bigger, better and more technical than ever before. Also the drumming is near perfect with loads of crisp double bass! A great buy! Very much like the very underated 'Human Waste'. Buy It Now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 23 July 2004
By Frank Rini - Published on Amazon.com
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O.K. let's have some fun w/ratings. People are way too serious on amazon and think of themselves as 'real' reviewers-give me a break. When I listen to this cd it reminds me of pizza. I am Italian and I LOVE pizza. When I chew on pizza I savor every moment and appreciate the joy it creates. The latest Suffo. cd does the same. When I heard they were reforming a few yrs. ago I was very excited-think pizza again. Let's get the (-) stuff out of the way first. This is in regards to the 'critics' or people claiming they are suffo. fans, but just want to bring the band down. The naysayers say Frank's vocals are too high, the cd is not brutal enough and that 'Effigy.. blows it away, the production is bad and that Mike's drumming blows. Such a shame that these people call themselves people. Suffo. have returned and kids it's not 1990 anymore, this is 2004. So if you're expecting another 'Effigy then go eat a stool. They have matured as they have on every release. The cd is brutal, no debates there. I like how they tie 'Deceit' & 'Tomes of Acrimony' together (musically)-almost like a concept album. There are some serious slams on the cd, of course not like their earlier releases, but again people let's all move forward together and leave the nit-picking to the stools.

I know Suffocation and am proud that they have released such a kick-butt cd. The production is great and so what if Mullen's voice is a little higher then earlier releases. He is getting a little older but his pipes are still working great. He is still one of the best death vocalists out there. New addition of Guy 'sorry I can't hook my friend Frank Rini, who used to sing for Internal Bleeding, up w/a shirt because I am too cheap' Marchais on guitar was wise. Guy has been in the scene for yrs. and is a damn good guitarist. So even though he would not hook me and my friend and former bandmate Chris Pervelis up w/a shirt I forgive him, because we both know I can take him in fisticuffs. Back to the review, the ultimate is to eat some good pizza and listen to 'Souls To Deny'. Keep on truckin' suffo!! Buy or Die!!!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars solid 28 April 2004
By "meganerd00" - Published on Amazon.com
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A note on my rating system, I rate more harshly than most:
-5 stars: one of my very few favorite albums, (top 10 or so) or the pinnacle of a genre that I enjoy.
-4 stars: A very very good album. This is where a lot of really solid you-just-know-it's-good music, as well as experimental, interesting stuff fits in.
-3 stars: An album worth buying.
-2 stars: I don't like it, but I can see how someone else might, a little bit...
-1 star: don't buy it. If you see it, burn it and say a little prayer to satan or god or whatever floats your boat.
Ever since I got into death/black metal about a year ago, Suffocation has been consisently one of my favorites, probably my overall pick for best death metal band ever. I thought Effigy of the Forgotten, Breeding the Spawn (VERY underheard), and Pierced from within were excellent. I was mildly happy when I heard, soon after hearing them for the first time, that they had broken up years before but had just gotten back together. Now that the product of the that reunion is here, I don't quite know what to think about it. First off, it's good, if that's all you take from this review, then fine. I have to be honest though that I was hoping for something really inventive, something on the scale of their first couple albums were in the context of their time, because the death metal scene, particularly the brutal death scene has been so stale for the last couple of years (excepting Immolation!!). This hope was not fulfilled. Like any good death metal, this music shows its creativity in its use of riff architexture and rhythm, and it does not seem that these guys are merely going through the motions to make a buck, but it is well within the parameters already set out for the genre (so much so by this very band). In fact, I read an interview with Frank (vocals) that focused on the bands reunification and he directly said that their goal with this album was to make a good, solid, death metal release that would lead them back into the scene. This, nothing more, nothing less, is what they have accomplished.
Note: If, for whatever reason you hear the title track from this album, don't judge the rest by that one track. In my opinion, that song is by far the worst on the album.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Brutal Tech-Death from the Innovators 3 Nov 2004
By General Zombie - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very good death metal album. Pretty much just a retread of Pierced from Within. but that was a great death metal album, so I ain't complaining.(though plenty are...) Still, I find it pretty humorous that so many people are complaining about how classicist this album is.(as far as tech-death goes anyway) How dare they not rip-off the bands they influenced!!! Still, they're partially correct: old Suffocation was innovative, this isn't. However, there's a big difference between Suffocation and most of the newer bands: Suffocation writes better riffs. Way better, and they even use a thick, but relatively clear guitar tone, so you can actually hear them. Personally, I think Suffocation write some of the best riffs in any genre of metal. Extremely complex and weaving, but not so much they are senseless and formless. They even have a bit off melody every now and then. And they have that aforementioned guitar tone, which is heavy rather than just noisy, or so bassy that it's just a rumble. There aren't very many solos on this album, which is fine by me. Solos don't really fit in DM of this sort. The ones they play are pretty good though. A bit too squealy some of the time, but not nearly as bad as lots of other DM bands, in this respect. There is also some nice bass playing, which can be made out a lot more often than is typical of Death Metal. The drumming, while extremely techincally adept, obviously, doesn't really interest me all that much. It's hard to say why exactly. The fills aren't terribly interesting, which is a major problem for me. Also, Mullen's vox are kinda weak, imo. Most DM fans seem to love him, but he's never done much for me. They don't have much emotion most of the time, and sound kinda bored and monotonous. Vox tend not to matter much to me in metal, particularly in death metal, but they still could be better.

It's tough to pick out standout tracks as they aren't wildly different from one another. Endless riff and time changes, crushing breakdowns and all that good stuff. It's all very good death metal, even if it isn't innovative. The opener Deceit is probably the best track. The main riff is very memorable, but extremely brutal as well. To Weep Once More and the title track both actually have fairly memorable choruses, though they are repeated a bit too much. Still very strong tracks, however. Demise of the Clone is probably the second best track, which is held together by the striking, shrieking trem line that emerges above the rest of the track every now and then, and some of the stronger vox on the album. A first-rate DM song by any measure.

Not much else to say here. It's hard to imagine why anyone who likes DM wouldn't liek this, though I certainly seems that plenty aren't terribly excited by it, which I can understand. But I likes it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahh...so death metal CAN be good! 19 Sep 2004
By Barry Dejasu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For a long time, the only death metal I listened to was Six Feet Under. To an extent I'd also listened to other bands (Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel), but only through one album from each (and at that, they were the debuts, which were very rough around the edges and very different from how each band would eventually sound). However, after a while, I lost interest in death metal. This was especially so after discovering the power and majesty of straight-edge metal bands such as Iced Earth, the experimental nature of progressive metal bands such as Dream Theater, and the dark beauty of melodeath bands like Soilwork and the great Opeth. Regular death metal just wasn't cutting it. It was too loud, too noisy, and too dissonant to compare to the more sleek aforementioned bands, as well as others. Basically, death metal became boring to me...that is, until I discovered guys like Cryptopsy, DOMINATION-era Morbid Angel, and through this album, Suffocation.

All the classic elements of death metal are here: the grunting, Cookie-Monster-with-laryngitis vocals, the ultra-fast thrash guitar riffs, the pounding double-bass and blast-beats of snare and tom (and a steady rumble of bass somewhere in the mix). The lyrics are filled with hatred, fury, but not always obscenity (I'll get to that later). So why is this death metal any better than that of the other stuff I'd heard? Good songwriting, and unique talent!

The songs are fast and furious, yes, but they have a real INTELLIGENCE behind them; the instrumentation is very tight and well-written and -performed. The lyrics are not always talking about the gross (no pun intended) details of gruesome deaths and necrophilia; rather, they cover a wide variety of subjects. Take "Deciet," about the end of a nine-year (yes, they're that specific) friendship. Or "To Weep Once More," about the horrible, horrible groups of child-molesting priests out in the world. Or "Subconsciously Enslaved," which brings up images of hypnotism and the feeling of loss of control by some Big Brother-like figure. This is, in itself, a great trait which separates Suffocation from their usual guts-and-gore-splatter peers; this band realizes that there are actually other subjects which are voiced well in death metal vocals (which, by the way, are especially ferocious and impressive).

The lead guitar lines (sadly uncredited in the notes) are also not too hammy, which is something else that the typical death metal band suffers. Often solos are included not for the sake of a good song, but for an excuse to shred - and more than sometimes very poorly. It becomes an ugly cacophony of dissonant noodling which more distracts the listener from the song rather than further pull them through it. This isn't the case here - Suffocation's solos are few and far between, yet always played within the proper boundaries of both time and tempo, rather than "suffocate" the song (okay, terrible joke, I know).

And finally, the drums are far more than just very fast double-bass kicking and blast-beats. Mike Smith has a very intellectual bit of talent in his feet, more than often creating unusual time signatures and interesting rhythms. This isn't to say he's the wrong kind of drummer for a death metal band; rather, his talents only increase the overall powerhouse juggernauts which are each song.

So in a nutshell, bands like Suffocation are what truly MATTER in the death metal community: intelligence, fury, and speed. Without sacrificing the least bit of relentless and gruesome power, and without venturing into pure cheesiness, Suffocation (and now with this album, SOULS TO DENY) proves that death metal CAN be good, after all.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is only ONE Suffocation... 28 Nov 2004
By green eyes7713 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The masters return with Souls To Deny,all in all,a very solid release...This one reminds of Effigy in a way...I mean,both albums are different but they both feature awesome drumming from one of death metal's finest drummers,Mike Smith,his drum fills and double bass work never gets boring,the guitar riffs and leads still sound original,and vokillist Frank Mullen has one of the best growls in the genre,deep and throaty from the bowels of hell,but you can still actually make out some words...I think that is a great "comeback" cd...of course it's not going to be another Pierced,Effigy,or Despise The Sun,it's like 7 or 8 years later,with different members,and it's obvioulsy a differnt time period,i think people just set themselves up for dissappointment,you can't make the same cd everytime...plus these people that complain couldn't make half the cd these guys make...standout tracks besides all of them in my opinion are:Deceit,To Weep Once More,and Immortally Condemned...An awesome "comeback" cd,if you are any kind of Suffocation fan than this is highly recommended!!!
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