History Music / Suffocation

26th Jul '16 7:59:01 PM JamesShade
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* VocalEvolution: Frank underwent two phases of this.
** The first, during the band's original run, saw him playing with his vocal style until settling on the more enunciated approach that he's used since ''Pierced From Within''.
** The second phase has involved his growls gradually becoming throatier and higher pitched since ''Pierced'', a pattern typical of DeathMetal vocalists.
11th Jul '16 10:09:21 PM Edgecrusher666
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Suffocation is an American brutal death metal band, and quite possibly the UrExample of the brutal death genre as a whole. Easily identifiable by their twisted progressions, exceptionally fast tremolo runs, dissonant yet eerily melodic leadwork, and their trademark "Suffo blasts", Suffocation stands as one of the most successful and influential death metal groups in the history of the genre. Let's put it this way: if you ask someone in a modern death metal band about their influences, Suffocation will almost assuredly be at the top of their list.

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Suffocation is an American brutal technical death metal band, and quite possibly the UrExample of the brutal technical death genre as a whole. Easily identifiable by their twisted progressions, exceptionally fast tremolo runs, dissonant yet eerily melodic leadwork, and their trademark "Suffo blasts", blasts," Suffocation stands as one of the most successful and influential death metal groups in the history of the genre. Let's put it this way: if you ask someone in a modern death metal band about their influences, Suffocation will almost assuredly be at the top of their list.




'''[+Current band members+]:'''
* Frank Mullen – vocals (1988–1998, 2002–present)
* Terrance Hobbs – lead guitar (1988–1998, 2002–present)
* Derek Boyer – bass guitar (2004–present)
* Kevin Talley – drums (2014–present)
* Charlie Errigo – lead guitar (2016–present)

'''[+Former members+]:'''
* Mike Smith – drums (1988–1994, 2002–2012)
* Josh Barohn – bass guitar (1988–1991, 2002–2004)
* Guy Marchais – lead guitar (1988–1990, 2002–2016)
* Doug Cerrito – lead guitar (1990–1998)
* Chris Richards – bass guitar (1991–1998)
* Doug Bohn – drums (1994–1996)
* Dave Culross – drums (1996–1998, 2012–2014)

'''[+Former members+]:'''
* Bill Robinson – vocals (2012)
* John Gallagher – vocals (2013)
* Ricky Myers – vocals (2014-2015)



* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Subverted with Smith and Culross; despite their powerful, hard-hitting styles, they both played in a calm, fluid manner. Played straight with Talley, who is known for being quite animated and theatrical behind the kit.

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* AllDrummersAreAnimals: Subverted with Mike Smith and Dave Culross; despite their powerful, hard-hitting styles, they both played in a calm, fluid manner. Played straight with Kevin Talley, who is known for being quite animated and theatrical behind the kit.



** "Catatonia", also off ''Human Waste'', and re-recorded for ''Despise the Sun'', concerns itself with the plight of a victim of (possibly forcefully induced) locked-in syndrome. The person cannot find release even as their body begins to rot away and (apparently) other souls (or corpses) begin to rise around them.

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** "Catatonia", "Catatonia," also off ''Human Waste'', and re-recorded for ''Despise the Sun'', concerns itself with the plight of a victim of (possibly forcefully induced) locked-in syndrome. The person cannot find release even as their body begins to rot away and (apparently) other souls (or corpses) begin to rise around them.



* AscendedExtra: Doug Bohn had been a friend of the band for quite a while before Mike Smith left the first time, and he recorded ''Pierced from Within'' as a favor to them despite having never actually played death metal prior to that (he had been a hardcore drummer). Similarly, Ricky Myers and Charlie Errigo had been longtime friends of the band before they were hired on full-time (though Frank is still not out in the case of Myers, he just can't do long tours).

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* AscendedExtra: Doug Bohn had been a friend of the band for quite a while before Mike Smith left the first time, and he recorded ''Pierced from Within'' as a favor to them despite having never actually played death metal prior to that (he had been a hardcore drummer). Similarly, Ricky Myers and Charlie Errigo had been longtime friends of the band before they were hired on full-time (though Frank Mullen is still not out in the case of Myers, Ricky, he just can't cannot do long tours).



* BaldOfAwesome: Mullen post-reunion and Charlie Errigo.
** BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Hobbs is heading here; while he still has his trademark cornrows, they've turned into a quasi-skullet thanks to an ever-growing bald spot.
* BigApplesauce: Not from the city proper (they hail from Long Island), but it's where they got famous. Also, there's Mullen's famous accent, which is frequently the butt of jokes.

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* BaldOfAwesome: Frank Mullen post-reunion and Charlie Errigo.
** BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Terrance Hobbs is heading here; while he still has his trademark cornrows, they've they have turned into a quasi-skullet thanks to an ever-growing bald spot.
* BigApplesauce: Not from the city proper (they hail from Long Island), but it's where they got famous. Also, there's Frank Mullen's famous accent, which is frequently the butt of jokes.



* ButNotTooBlack: Averted with Smith, who was exceptionally dark-skinned while playing in a VERY white genre. Hobbs is somewhat lighter, but he's also the main creative force.

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* ButNotTooBlack: Averted with Mike Smith, who was exceptionally dark-skinned while playing in a VERY white genre. Hobbs is somewhat lighter, but he's also the main creative force.



* FiveManBand:
** TheLeader: Frank
** TheLancer: Derek
** TheSmartGuy: Terrance
** TheBigGuy: Kevin
** [[SixthRanger Fifth Ranger]]: Charlie



* IconicItem: Hobbs' custom B.C. Rich Warlock (notable for its reverse-pointed headstock) and glasses are both instantly recognizable.
* JerkAss: Smith cultivated quite the reputation for having a huge ego, [[HairTriggerTemper anger issues]], and a generally abrasive personality, and he left on incredibly poor terms after he lit Hobbs' Vader cabs on fire (which were apparently being kept at his house) after a dispute over touring. He is apparently still friends with Mullen, but Hobbs (whose gear was destroyed by Smith) is no longer on speaking terms with him.

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* IconicItem: Terrance Hobbs' custom B.C. Rich Warlock (notable for its reverse-pointed headstock) and glasses are both instantly recognizable.
* JerkAss: Mike Smith cultivated quite the reputation for having a huge ego, [[HairTriggerTemper anger issues]], and a generally abrasive personality, and he left on incredibly poor terms after he lit Terrance Hobbs' Vader cabs on fire (which were apparently being kept at his house) after a dispute over touring. He is apparently still friends with Frank Mullen, but Hobbs Terrance (whose gear was destroyed by Smith) is no longer on speaking terms with him.
4th Jun '16 8:01:07 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* StartMyOwn: Guy did this with Pyrexia, but he left that band a long time ago. Interestingly enough, Doug Bohn joined that same band in 2011 and was their drummer until 2015. Smith, meanwhile, started the {{Horrorcore}} project Grimm Real sometime during the band's initial run and released a long out-of-print mixtape sometime in the late nineties, though he has stated that he intends to revive it.

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* StartMyOwn: Guy did this with Pyrexia, but he left that band a long time ago. Interestingly enough, Doug Bohn joined that same band in 2011 and was their drummer until 2015.2015, while Charlie Errigo was also a brief live member in 2014. Smith, meanwhile, started the {{Horrorcore}} project Grimm Real sometime during the band's initial run and released a long out-of-print mixtape sometime in the late nineties, though he has stated that he intends to revive it.
2nd May '16 6:07:32 AM HasturHasturHastur
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This, of course, was not to last, as Mullen and Hobbs reformed the band in 2003, welcoming back Smith, Barohn, and Marchais on their respective instruments, though Barohn was quickly fired, forcing Hobbs and Smith to perform bass duties for the album. Thankfully, they quickly found [[Music/DecrepitBirth Derek Boyer]] to fill the bass spot in 2004, where he has stayed ever since. This lineup would go on to release multiple albums and tour like madmen, ushering in a new era of success for the band. Things stayed stable until 2012, when Mike Smith quit and Bill Robinson (also of Decrepit Birth fame) had to briefly take Mullen's place on the European tour, with Culross once again taking drum duties. As of February 2013, they have officially released a new album, titled ''Pinnacle of Bedlam'', in addition to announcing that Frank would have to sit out tour dates here and there due to his need to put his job first ([[FanDumb which, of course, was misconstrued as Frank leaving the band, creating an uproar that annoyed the band to no end]]); of course, Frank stayed, and [[Music/DyingFetus John Gallagher]] was chosen as his fill-in for the live dates that he couldn't make. By the looks of things, they still have no intention of stopping any time soon. As of 2014, Culross has left yet again, with Kevin Talley officially taking over on a full-time basis. Live vocal fill-ins are currently being handled by [[Music/{{Disgorge}} Ricky Myers]]. A new album is slated for 2016, and Myers will apparently also contribute some vocals in addition to Mullen's own.

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This, of course, was not to last, as Mullen and Hobbs reformed the band in 2003, welcoming back Smith, Barohn, and Marchais on their respective instruments, though Barohn was quickly fired, forcing Hobbs and Smith to perform bass duties for the album. Thankfully, they quickly found [[Music/DecrepitBirth Derek Boyer]] to fill the bass spot in 2004, where he has stayed ever since. This lineup would go on to release multiple albums and tour like madmen, ushering in a new era of success for the band. Things stayed stable until 2012, when Mike Smith quit and Bill Robinson (also of Decrepit Birth fame) had to briefly take Mullen's place on the European tour, with Culross once again taking drum duties. As of February 2013, they have officially released a new album, titled ''Pinnacle of Bedlam'', in addition to announcing that Frank would have to sit out tour dates here and there due to his need to put his job first ([[FanDumb which, of course, was misconstrued as Frank leaving the band, creating an uproar that annoyed the band to no end]]); of course, Frank stayed, and [[Music/DyingFetus John Gallagher]] was chosen as his fill-in for the live dates that he couldn't make. By the looks of things, they still have no intention of stopping any time soon. As of 2014, Culross has left yet again, with Kevin Talley officially taking over on a full-time basis. Live vocal fill-ins are currently being handled by [[Music/{{Disgorge}} Ricky Myers]]. A new album is slated for 2016, and Myers will apparently also contribute some vocals in addition to Mullen's own. At some point in 2016, Guy Marchais quietly left; Charlie Errigo (The Merciless Concept) is his replacement.



* AscendedExtra: Doug Bohn had been a friend of the band for quite a while before Mike Smith left the first time, and he recorded ''Pierced from Within'' as a favor to them despite having never actually played death metal prior to that (he had been a hardcore drummer).

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* AscendedExtra: Doug Bohn had been a friend of the band for quite a while before Mike Smith left the first time, and he recorded ''Pierced from Within'' as a favor to them despite having never actually played death metal prior to that (he had been a hardcore drummer). Similarly, Ricky Myers and Charlie Errigo had been longtime friends of the band before they were hired on full-time (though Frank is still not out in the case of Myers, he just can't do long tours).



* BaldOfAwesome: Mullen post-reunion. Guy currently qualifies as well.

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* BaldOfAwesome: Mullen post-reunion. Guy currently qualifies as well.post-reunion and Charlie Errigo.



* PintsizedPowerhouse: The entire band at this point; in their twenty-six years of existence, a sizable majority of their members have been fairly diminutive, particularly Hobbs and Boyer. Mike Smith was the only true aversion and towered over the other members.

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* PintsizedPowerhouse: The entire band at this point; in their twenty-six years of existence, a sizable majority of their members have been fairly diminutive, particularly Hobbs and Boyer. Mike Smith was the only true aversion and towered over the other members.members, and Ricky is also quite tall but has a lighter build than Smith.



* RapunzelHair: Derek Boyer. Ironically, Frank also qualified when he was younger; promo pics and live footage from the 1990s showed that he had long, stringy blond hair. Come the reunion, and it was obvious that he had chopped it off because he had started balding.

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* RapunzelHair: Derek Boyer.Boyer and Ricky Myers. Ironically, Frank also qualified when he was younger; promo pics and live footage from the 1990s showed that he had long, stringy blond hair. Come the reunion, and it was obvious that he had chopped it off because he had started balding.



* SpecialGuest: [[Music/DyingFetus John Gallagher]] got the chance to fill in for Frank on the live dates that he couldn't make on the spring 2013 tour, while Kevin Talley briefly filled in for Culross shortly before the band's original dissolution and later returned to fill in and eventually take over for him after he left. Finally, [[Music/{{Disgorge}} Ricky Myers]] is currently getting his own turn in the limelight on vocals.

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* SpecialGuest: [[Music/DyingFetus John Gallagher]] got the chance to fill in for Frank on the live dates that he couldn't make on the spring 2013 tour, while Kevin Talley briefly filled in for Culross shortly before the band's original dissolution and later returned to fill in and eventually take over for him after he left. Finally, [[Music/{{Disgorge}} Ricky Myers]] is currently getting his own turn in started out as this before he became a full-time live member (if you're confused, Frank still does short tours and most one-offs, while Ricky does the limelight on vocals.long tours and overseas fests).
20th Mar '16 5:46:25 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* ClusterFBomb: Averted in their music (the amount of songs containing profanity can be counted on one hand), but played straight with Frank live. The man is ''legendary'' for his expletive-laden rants.



* IconicItem: Hobbs' custom B.C. Rich Warlock (notable for its reverse-pointed headstock) and glasses are both instantly recognizable. Boyer's B.C. Rich Warlock bass has also become well-known over the years.

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* IconicItem: Hobbs' custom B.C. Rich Warlock (notable for its reverse-pointed headstock) and glasses are both instantly recognizable. Boyer's B.C. Rich Warlock bass has also become well-known over the years.
28th Feb '16 7:58:03 PM JamesShade
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* {{Determinator}}: "Prelude to Repulsion" seems to be a deconstruction, as the protagonist is marching relentlessly onward towards an ill-defined goal that seems likely to destroy both himself and humanity.



* WelcomeBackTraitor: Sort of with Mike Smith. He certainly did not leave the band on good terms, but he was given a guest spot on drums on the ''Pinnacle'' rerecording of "Beginning of Sorrow" in spite of that. That being said, however, he's almost assuredly never returning, both because he doesn't want to and because Hobbs won't let him.

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* WelcomeBackTraitor: Sort of with Mike Smith. He certainly did not leave the band on good terms, but he was given a guest spot on drums on the ''Pinnacle'' rerecording of "Beginning of Sorrow" in spite of that. That being said, however, he's almost assuredly never returning, both because he doesn't want to and because Hobbs won't let him.him.
* WouldHurtAChild: The protagonist of "Prelude to Repulsion" takes some time during his mindless march to "wreak havoc amongst the children of a present with no future".
6th Nov '15 9:19:51 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* PintsizedPowerhouse: The entire band at this point; in their twenty-six years of existence, a sizable majority of their members have been fairly diminutive. Mike Smith and Dave Culross were the only true aversions.

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* PintsizedPowerhouse: The entire band at this point; in their twenty-six years of existence, a sizable majority of their members have been fairly diminutive. diminutive, particularly Hobbs and Boyer. Mike Smith and Dave Culross were was the only true aversions.aversion and towered over the other members.
15th Oct '15 7:35:30 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* JerkAss: Smith cultivated quite the reputation for having a HairTriggerTemper (bad to the point where he was forced to take anger management classes by his bandmates), serious ego issues, and a penchant for assaulting people who angered him, and he left on ''exceedingly'' poor terms when he destroyed band gear to spite them after a dispute over touring. He is apparently still friends with Mullen, but Hobbs (whose gear was destroyed by Smith) is no longer on speaking terms with him.

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* JerkAss: Smith cultivated quite the reputation for having a HairTriggerTemper (bad to the point where he was forced to take huge ego, [[HairTriggerTemper anger management classes by his bandmates), serious ego issues, issues]], and a penchant for assaulting people who angered him, generally abrasive personality, and he left on ''exceedingly'' incredibly poor terms when after he destroyed band gear to spite them lit Hobbs' Vader cabs on fire (which were apparently being kept at his house) after a dispute over touring. He is apparently still friends with Mullen, but Hobbs (whose gear was destroyed by Smith) is no longer on speaking terms with him.
16th Sep '15 11:56:12 AM HasturHasturHastur
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This, of course, was not to last, as Mullen and Hobbs reformed the band in 2003, welcoming back Smith, Barohn, and Marchais on their respective instruments, though Barohn was quickly fired, forcing Hobbs and Smith to perform bass duties for the album. Thankfully, they quickly found [[Music/DecrepitBirth Derek Boyer]] to fill the bass spot in 2004, where he has stayed ever since. This lineup would go on to release multiple albums and tour like madmen, ushering in a new era of success for the band. Things stayed stable until 2012, when Mike Smith quit and Bill Robinson (also of Decrepit Birth fame) had to briefly take Mullen's place on the European tour, with Culross once again taking drum duties. As of February 2013, they have officially released a new album, titled ''Pinnacle of Bedlam'', in addition to announcing that Frank would have to sit out tour dates here and there due to his need to put his job first ([[FanDumb which, of course, was misconstrued as Frank leaving the band, creating an uproar that annoyed the band to no end]]); of course, Frank stayed, and [[Music/DyingFetus John Gallagher]] was chosen as his fill-in for the live dates that he couldn't make. By the looks of things, they still have no intention of stopping any time soon. As of 2014, Culross has left yet again, with Kevin Talley officially taking over on a full-time basis. Live vocal fill-ins are currently being handled by [[Music/{{Disgorge}} Ricky Myers]].

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This, of course, was not to last, as Mullen and Hobbs reformed the band in 2003, welcoming back Smith, Barohn, and Marchais on their respective instruments, though Barohn was quickly fired, forcing Hobbs and Smith to perform bass duties for the album. Thankfully, they quickly found [[Music/DecrepitBirth Derek Boyer]] to fill the bass spot in 2004, where he has stayed ever since. This lineup would go on to release multiple albums and tour like madmen, ushering in a new era of success for the band. Things stayed stable until 2012, when Mike Smith quit and Bill Robinson (also of Decrepit Birth fame) had to briefly take Mullen's place on the European tour, with Culross once again taking drum duties. As of February 2013, they have officially released a new album, titled ''Pinnacle of Bedlam'', in addition to announcing that Frank would have to sit out tour dates here and there due to his need to put his job first ([[FanDumb which, of course, was misconstrued as Frank leaving the band, creating an uproar that annoyed the band to no end]]); of course, Frank stayed, and [[Music/DyingFetus John Gallagher]] was chosen as his fill-in for the live dates that he couldn't make. By the looks of things, they still have no intention of stopping any time soon. As of 2014, Culross has left yet again, with Kevin Talley officially taking over on a full-time basis. Live vocal fill-ins are currently being handled by [[Music/{{Disgorge}} Ricky Myers]]. A new album is slated for 2016, and Myers will apparently also contribute some vocals in addition to Mullen's own.



* WelcomeBackTraitor: Sort of with Mike Smith. He certainly did not leave the band on good terms, but he was given a guest spot on drums on the ''Pinnacle'' rerecording of "Beginning of Sorrow" in spite of that. That being said, however, he's almost assuredly never returning, both because he doesn't want to and because the band won't let him.

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* WelcomeBackTraitor: Sort of with Mike Smith. He certainly did not leave the band on good terms, but he was given a guest spot on drums on the ''Pinnacle'' rerecording of "Beginning of Sorrow" in spite of that. That being said, however, he's almost assuredly never returning, both because he doesn't want to and because the band Hobbs won't let him.
8th Sep '15 6:46:02 AM HasturHasturHastur
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* JerkAss: Smith cultivated quite the reputation for having a HairTriggerTemper (bad to the point where he was forced to take anger management classes by his bandmates), serious ego issues, and a penchant for assaulting people who angered him, and he left on ''exceedingly'' poor terms when he destroyed band gear to spite them after a dispute over touring.

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* JerkAss: Smith cultivated quite the reputation for having a HairTriggerTemper (bad to the point where he was forced to take anger management classes by his bandmates), serious ego issues, and a penchant for assaulting people who angered him, and he left on ''exceedingly'' poor terms when he destroyed band gear to spite them after a dispute over touring. He is apparently still friends with Mullen, but Hobbs (whose gear was destroyed by Smith) is no longer on speaking terms with him.
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