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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
They produced an album of high caliber and its a damn good listen. I admit I wasn't impressed by their last album so I wasn't sure how this would turn out but hey this CD makes me a proud owner now.
Published on 7 July 2009 by S. Heath

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3.0 out of 5 stars The Next Chapter in Brutality from the New York Masters
This is album number six from Long Island's finest and one of death metal's founding fathers. It is their third album since their reformation in 2003 following a five year hiatus. Blood Oath (2009) is their first for the Nuclear Blast label since their move from Relapse in 2007 and with this release the brutality continues unabated, with Mullen & Co. showing no signs of...
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by A. Hughes


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3.0 out of 5 stars The Next Chapter in Brutality from the New York Masters, 11 Feb 2010
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A. Hughes "huez2000" (Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Blood Oath (Audio CD)
This is album number six from Long Island's finest and one of death metal's founding fathers. It is their third album since their reformation in 2003 following a five year hiatus. Blood Oath (2009) is their first for the Nuclear Blast label since their move from Relapse in 2007 and with this release the brutality continues unabated, with Mullen & Co. showing no signs of compromise or age for that matter!

Suffocation have always played a technically superior type of death metal in comparison to their peers and this is probably their best album since Pierced from Within (1995) in terms of technical musicianship. However that is where comparisons with that album end. Throughout the album there just seems to be a lack of memorable songs apart from 3-4 standout tracks which are indeed quite impressive. This results in quite a few `filler' tracks which fail to reach the lofty standards that they themselves have set on previous outings. Their previous self titled album Suffocation (2006) was a much stronger release. Whilst it may not have been as technical as this album it contained far more memorable tracks and in fact it was probably more `brutal' both musically and vocally than Blood Oath.

As a side point I think it is important to mention the packaging. Fans like myself who shell out cash for actual CD's (a rare breed in this `downloading' era) should deserve a high standard of display. Whilst the cover art is impressive the overall inlay and print seems to be rushed and cheaply done in comparison with their last album. Whether this is down to different record labels or the band themselves, one can only guess.

The positives? Well as mentioned, Suffocation's technical musicianship is practically unmatched in death metal. For example, a listen to the instrumental version of `Pray for Forgiveness' and one can only be in awe at the dizzying set of time changes in both percussion and guitar riffs. The fact that they have been mastering this art for 20 years simply adds to their proficiency and the succinct way in which they deliver their bludgeoning attack on the senses.

In conclusion, this can be viewed as safe, middle of the road release for the band without breaking any new ground, perhaps in a similar way to Obituary's last few albums. It is certainly not as brilliant or creative as their two masterpieces; debut Effigy of the Forgotten (1991) and third album Pierced from Within (1995). Then again it is far stronger that the badly produced Breeding the Spawn (1993) and their disappointing return to the scene with Souls to Deny (2004). True death metal fans will already have all of their albums as indeed I have. But if you are maybe a younger fan and new to the band, it can be summarized as a solid, brutal slab of technical death metal but perhaps just an average album in terms of their illustrious back catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 7 July 2009
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They produced an album of high caliber and its a damn good listen. I admit I wasn't impressed by their last album so I wasn't sure how this would turn out but hey this CD makes me a proud owner now.
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