Believe it or not, this is good death metal. I can never seem to reconcile ‘good’ with ‘death metal’. Sure metal heads can, they’re metal heads, they’re fans, they take what they’re given.This album is excellent. The production is amazing! Very unique sound, very free, very heavy, very limitless sounding (compared with say Nile’s ‘In their Darkened Shrines’ which sounds very held-together and claustrophobic). The structures are ridiculously fluid for metal, and varied too (consider the through-composed ‘Thrones of Blood’, and the ritornello motif in ‘Torn Into Enthrallment’). The drumming isn’t always the fastest break-neck blasting WHICH IS GOOD! It breathes! It grooves! And when it does hit those sporadic high speeds, it rips! The solos are beautiful – they really outline the expansive vision of the album. [Look at say Hate Eternal's 'King of All Kings' - where are the good solos? Where are the expansive solos? They would fir rihgt in place on an old Out Cold or otherwise Boston Hardcore album in one of the 40 second songs.] The album has flow throughout, it ebbs and flows as a whole through each of the masterful songs.Why only four stars? I know it too well know, and after all, it still has the limits of ‘heavy metal’ on it (ie. not genre-defying and individualistic, though its very individual within metal). Five stars means perfect. How can anything on earth be perfect??
Limited vinyl LP pressing of this 2005 album from the Finnish Metal band. The follow-up to 2003’s Hate Crew Deathroll is even more straight-forward than its predecessor and contains some industrial elements while retaining COB’s trademark sound, including the super-fast guitar and keyboard solos. Universal. 2008.
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I imagine there are a lot of people out there who are intrigued by all the glowing reviews that Suffocation gets on …, but are hesitant to buy their CD’s. After all, they play a genre of metal that seems to have been labeled “brutal death,” so the casual music fan probably fears that something so extreme-sounding will only be accessible to the most hardened metalhead. Well, I’m here to tell you that ANYONE who’s willing to listen to this CD with an open mind will be able to appreciate its brilliance. Until very recently Pantera was the heaviest, most non-mainstream act I listened to, Tool was my favorite band, and I’d barely heard any death metal at all…then I decided to try Suffocation, and was immediately hooked. So, what makes this album so great? I’ll start with Doug Bohn’s drumming. While many mainstream rock bands use the same slow, simplistic bass/snare beat throughout an entire song, Suffocation was the first band I heard that really demonstrated that drums could be more than a glorified metronome. Doug plays quite fast and does an awesome job keeping things fresh, never allowing his playing to stagnate or become predictable. His beats are so complex, his fills so fast and clean, and his double-bass drum control so tight that I often can’t believe what I’m hearing – it just doesn’t sound humanly possible to have that kind of coordination. Probably the best drummer I’ve ever heard besides, well…the other drummers who’ve played in Suffocation (Mike Smith, Dave Culross). Then there’s the guitar work of Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs. If you’re tired of the so-called “nu-metal” sound and its talentless guitarists who substitute lame sound effects for true solos (….., for example), you’ll really like what you hear on this album. As the previous reviewer ….. mentioned, the riffing is incredibly heavy, but always remains fast and well-played. And the solos are right up there with what you’d hear from old Metallica. In fact, I think Suffocation’s lead guitar work is even better than Metallica’s because both Hobbs and Cerrito can solo, and they occasionally alternate back-and-forth with their leads, Slayer-style. The title track has an especially amazing example of this. As for the vocals, Frank uses the low “death growl” which is fairly common in this style of music. Fortunately, he’s one of the few death metal vocalists who make it sound GOOD. Many death vocalists try way too hard to make their voices go lower than they’re capable of; these “singers” end up being COMPLETELY unintelligible, and come across as more silly than “brutal.” Frank’s vocals are just right: they’re growly and menacing, yet intelligible, and they fit the music perfectly. Even the lyrics are more intelligent than you’d expect. Although they mostly cover familiar themes like violence and death, the lyrics manage to be eloquent and rather poetic (!) at times, and are nowhere near as disgusting as those of Cannibal Corpse. In short, this band does everything right, and this album is perfect. There are still some other CD’s that I enjoy listening to ALMOST as much, but in terms of musicianship, and how tight they are as a band, Suffocation blows away anything else I’ve ever heard.
This is my all time favorite death metal album. Ever. And as we speak now I am utilizing every resource I have to get more good dm as I always have. Nothing comes close to this.. Not Legion by Deicide, not Bleeding By Cannibal Corpse.. not one of the great Cryptopsy or Dying Fetus albums come close… there is a band called Decapitated that has a … ’similar sound’ but this is the best …..
This is the undisputed greatest album of all time. Suffocation took death metal to a whole new level, and this was their finest moment. Nine tracks of death metal perfection. Frank Mullen is THE death vocalist, plain and simple. Doug Cerrito and Terence Hobbs were the best guitar duo since Jeff Hanneman and Kerry King, and Doug Bohn’s drumming is unmatched. He writes very complex beats and makes amazing, yet non-excessive use of the double bass. As a drummer, I really look up to this guy, and can only hope to achieve his skill level. “Thrones of Blood” is THE greatest song ever written, a testament to brutality. Doug’s constant, thunderous double bass will leave you breathless. Those who want death metal, metal, MUSIC at its peak need look no further than this album. Suffocation shall indeed be greatly missed.
Out of the other albums by the guys from suffocation? I find “pierced from within” their most brutal,well produced, and, meaner lirycs untill this day. All the songs are flawless and it seems like they got heavier with each track. If i could pick a favorite track? It would’ve to be “invoking” check out the drums on the song…Sick dude!! Highly recommended.