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Make Them Suffer is an Australian Deathcore band that features elements of Symphonic Metal, Progressive Metal, and regular Metalcore. In fact, some regard them as the line between deathcore and metalcore. They formed in 2008, but didn't become a major player until the '10s where they were signed to Rise Records. While they're not an outright massive name in deathcore, they've gained an increasingly large worldwide following over the years. 2016 marked their very first headlining U.S. tour.

Also, they are not named after the Cannibal Corpse song of the same name. It was just something they made up on the spot.

After going through several lineup changes, the roster came to be as follows:


  • Sean Harmanis - lead vocals (2008-)
  • Nick McLernon - lead guitar (2008-)
  • Jaya Jeffery - bass (2017-)
  • Jordan Mather - drums (2017-)
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  • Booka Nile - keyboards, clean vocals (2017-)
  • Jay Coombs - bass (Session, 2014-)

Past members

  • Richard West - rhythm guitar (2008)
  • Cody Brooks - rhythm guitar (2008-2011)
  • Heather Menaglio - keyboards, synthesizer (2008-2011)
  • Craig Buckingham - rhythm guitar (2011-2013)
  • Chris Arias-Real - bass (2008-2016)
  • Tim Madden - drums (2008-2017)
  • Lachlan Monty - rhythm guitar (2013-2017)
  • Louisa Burton - keyboards, piano, clean vocals (2011-2017)


  • Make Them Suffer (Demo, 2009)
  • Lord of Woe (EP, 2010)
  • Neverbloom (2012)
  • Old Souls (2015)
  • Worlds Apart (2017)
  • How to Survive a Funeral (2020)



  • Chronically Crashed Car: Multiple vans, actually, but according to CJ McMahon, they have an uncanny knack for getting into accidents (up to the point where, after getting into one, they left the rental lot and got into another accident right as they pulled out onto the road with said rental). He even joked that Thy Art Is Murder now refuses to tour with them because they regard them as bad luck omens.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Sean swears all the time.
  • Deathcore
  • Harsh Vocals: Sean is always doing this. Early material had him death growling, but now he primarily screams.
  • Indecipherable Lyrics: It's almost impossible to tell what Sean is saying most of the time.
  • Lighter and Softer: Their later material isn't quite as hard as their earlier work, the reasons being explained below. That said, they're still brutal by mainstream standards.
  • Mohs Scale of Rock and Metal Hardness: Early material was a solid 10, being more influenced by death metal and lacking clean vocals. Later material with the metalcore influences, more prominent symphonic elements, and most important of all, the addition of Louisa (later Booka) doing cleans, would probably rest at an 8 or a 9.
  • Neoclassical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: They're a progressive symphonic deathcore band with regular metalcore elements as of 2015.
  • Revolving Door Band: Zig-Zagging Trope. They've actually managed to keep a fairly stable lineup, especially compared to other death-influenced bands. Two of the seven founding members are still around. That said, they can't seem to hold on to a rhythm guitarist. They're also on their third keyboardist.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Booka is the only female member of the band. Her predecessors Heather and Louisa as well.
  • Soprano and Gravel: Sean as the gravel and Louisa (followed by Booka) as the soprano in their later material.
  • Vocal Tag Team: Their early material had Sean doing all the vocals, but the addition of Louisa saw this aspect with her doing clean singing. Sean is still the most prominent vocalist, however.

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