1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 8 September 2008
These days I worry that the high standards of studio production and audio quality has managed to wring out a lot of the genuine aggression and bile that made extreme metal the vicious animal it was. How is it possible to counter this slickened effect without appearing unnecessarily "retro" and niche, even within the already rather niche market of extreme metal?
Whether or not Suffocation considered all that while making this album is a moot point - a) Because they've done it, and b) Because it all just sounds like business as usual. Go into studio, record brilliant death metal record, release. Simple as that. It is very confrontational, incredibly brutal, constantly interesting and never unconvincing in its composition and performance. There are plently of skull-damaging blastbeats and an abundance of the kind of trademarked low-end shred riffs that inject life into the old-school style in the context of a modern, no-nonsense piece of work. It's certainly a better album than 'Souls To Deny', which sounds less immediate in the wake of this release, and it's even as good as the 'Despise The Sun' EP on a track-by-track basis. The rythmic elasticity and breakneck whole-band performance is a revelation compared with the virtuosic showboating of many 'tech metal' bands (naming no names). Suffocation are not and have never been out to impress people, although they do anyway. They're out to pummel. And this album pummels harder than they have in a long while.
"Redemption" showcases a tasteful, well-placed melodic intro and "Bind Torture Kill" is a catalogue of the band's diversity of speeds and guitar work, without lacking focus. From there on it's difficult to recall specifics - the intensity takes over. It's a dark shot of adrenaline.
It can only be criticised for not reinventing anything per se, but they've DEFINED a style here with great style and aplomb, and it's certainly worthy of your attention.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Suffocation's self-titled 5th full-length album features 9 new songs, a re-recording of a track from their terribly produced second album and the obligatory spooky howling wind intro so beloved of death metal bands. Good solid production and musicianship are on display here with Suffocation providing their usual dose of brutal technical death metal, though in all honesty there is nothing here the band haven't done better before. Still, this is a very good death metal album and well worth buying for any fans of the genre, but it lacks the any killer punch to make it stand out from the crowd, or indeed Suffocation's own formidable back catalogue. Very good but not great.
on 3 November 2013
Suffocation is the fifth studio album by American death metal band Suffocation. It was released in 2006 through Relapse Records. The song "Prelude to Repulsion" is a re-recording of the track of the same name on Breeding the Spawn (another song from Breeding the Spawn, "Anomalistic Offerings", was re-recorded for this album but is only available on the Japanese release). Music videos were made for the songs "Abomination Reborn" and "Bind Torture Kill".
This self-titled album from Suffocation is very good. All the tracks are good, although I'm not as keen on the re-recorded version of "Prelude to Repulsion" as I still prefer the original version of the song from Breeding the Spawn. Like their other work, this album also relied on excellent low guttural vocals from Frank Mullen, along with very good guitar work from Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais, very good bass work from Derek Boyer and very fast drum work from Mike Smith. Highly recommended.