YMMV / Suffocation

  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: "Some Things Should Be Left Alone", lyrically. Derek even mentioned that he knew it would be a bit jarring to switch from a concept album about a journey into the world of the dead gone wrong to a song about a demon brutally murdering the people who were unlucky enough to encounter it, but since it was Frank's contribution, they just opted to keep it without a second thought.
  • Crowning Moment of Funny: Frank Mullen is a veritable wellspring of these. Chief among them is his drunken rendition of "New York, New York", as well as one of his frequent impromptu standup routines as shown here, but really, go to a Suffocation show and there's a chance that Frank will say or do something highly amusing.
    Hobbs (while very, very drunk): "Do I have to show you guys how to make another 'L' again? After twenty years? After twenty years! I have to show you how to make an 'L'! Jack 'em up! Look, this is three bottles of straight-up bourbon later! Later! LATER!"
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Doug Bohn. While Smith and Culross are the Suffocation drummers who get the lion's share of the press, there are more than a few Suffo fans who prefer Bohn to both due to his uniquely groovy and deceptively complex style.
  • Face of the Band: Mullen and Hobbs share these duties.
  • Fandom Rivalry: Over the years, the split with Mike Smith has spawned one of these between his fans and Hobbs' fans. While plenty of Suffocation fans don't care, the Smith diehards see Hobbs as a lazy stoner who is forcing an In-Name-Only version of Suffocation to limp on well past its prime, while the Hobbs diehards see Smith as a toxic, abusive bully who didn't actually give a shit about the band beyond what it could do to boost his ego.
  • First Installment Wins: Generally subverted; while there are plenty of fans who consider Effigy to be their peak, there are also roughly just as many who would say the same for Pierced.
  • It's Short, so It Sucks: Apparently, this was one of the non-production criticisms against Breeding the Spawn at the time of release. Rather ridiculous, really - it was only one track and two minutes shorter than Effigy of the Forgotten.
  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks: Another of the non-production criticisms against Breeding the Spawn. This stance more or less disappeared after a few years.
  • Nightmare Fuel: Many of their song lyrics and music videos have a high quotient of this, with the video for "Cataclysmic Purification" being a standout example.
  • Replacement Scrappy: Downplayed with Ricky. Almost all fans agreed that he did do a very good job but just wished that it was Frank up there instead. Subverted altogether with Kevin, as the general consensus with him seems to be "not Frank, just as good"; while most fans still miss Frank, they've been perfectly willing to accept Kevin as an extremely strong substitute, whereas the prevailing opinion with Ricky was "good, but comes up a little short".
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Any death metal fan who knows anything will cite Human Waste and Effigy as all-time classics, but few people can fathom just how much those albums changed the face of death metal.
  • Signature Song: "Infecting the Crypts" and "Funeral Inception".
  • Sophomore Slump: Big-time. Some aspects of Breeding the Spawn have been Vindicated by History; particularly, the song-writing, which was attacked at the time as failing to bring any new element to their sound, is now considered to have been among the most technical ever produced by the band. However, to this day it's generally agreed that the production and engineering is a total failure that brings the album down several notches.
  • Tough Act to Follow: All Music's review of Breeding the Spawn posits that the album would've suffered this relative to Effigy of the Forgotten even if there hadn't been glaring flaws in the production, due simply to the monumental impact Effigy had on the death metal community. Needless to say, there's plenty of reason to debate that assertion given how highly the songwriting on Spawn is now regarded.
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