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Suffocation - Blood Oath

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Posted: 07/21/2009 | Comments: 20 | Rate:

Anytime Suffocation releases new material you can pretty much guarantee that it's going to be the heaviest thing you hear all year. The bands newest release, Blood Oath is no exception. This actually is the heaviest thing they've done since reuniting back in 2003. Souls To Deny and the self-titled album were no slouches but this takes a massive dump on both of them in pure heaviness.

Although I prefer some albums more than others, Suffocation doesn't vary their style up from album to album. Pure heavy fucking death metal. With the exception of a few parts here and there, that reminds me of Morbid Angel, this is your standard Suffocation record. However they seem to have reached back to the Pierced From Within days for creative inspiration for this record. After a few listens, it's quite obvious that they were trying to recreate the glory days of the band. Effigy, Spawn, and Pierced all have countless amounts of punishing riffs that get stuck in my head for days. Blood Oath is already doing the same.

My man, Frank Mullen sounds like pure evil once again. I've long considered him one of the best death metal vocalists, if not the best. His ability to sound scary as hell, while remaining fairly clear in his pronunciation has always blown my mind. Although I can't say I know most of the words to this record, it seems Frankie boy has decided to leave out some of the less-than-stellar lyrics that appeared on the self-titled record like "SHUT UP! SHUP UP! YOOOOOUU!" I'm sure most of the record still has a lot to do with the hatred he has for his ex-wife.

For the 3rd time in the bands lifespan they have returned to Breeding The Spawn to re-record something. Marital Decimation gets new life as the albums final track. Hearing a great song that didn't have the best original production value, given the production it deserved is always a good thing. I like that the band didn't do a single thing to change it. Every single part is note for note a copy of the original only it sounds 10x's better.

If you happen to get your hands on one of the special releases you'll find yourself listening to either demo versions or instrumental versions of songs that appear on the album. To me, it's useless unless you plan on going on YouTube and making a fool of yourself by videotaping you doing the vocals for it. Oh wait that only happens for garbage like Waking The Cadaver.

If you are a fan of death metal or just all things heavy, this record is for you. Plan and simple.

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Comments
Old Head
39,027 Posts
62/M/NA
brutal album. I really like it.
I have no legs!
8,056 Posts
35/M/CA
album rules... surprised terrorsathan hasn't bashed this album yet
Pulp Free
52,194 Posts
37/M/PA
give it time.
I have no legs!
8,056 Posts
35/M/CA
also good review
dr. spaceman
23,170 Posts
35/M/OH
haven't read the review, but suffocation is one of those bands that can do no wrong in my book. obviously this isn't their best release but i dig it and i'm sure it will grow on me.
dixie
11,085 Posts
67/M/OH
painful as shitting bricks
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
35/M/NY
honestly, i could just listen to pierced from within and be content.
Pulp Free
52,194 Posts
37/M/PA
i could pick any random bands best album and say the same thing about their catalog...if all bands just stopped writing after they wrote their best material it would suck.
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
35/M/NY
that's just how i feel about suffocation and most death metal, in general. they will release 1 or 2 albums that i absolutely love and that's all i really need. i give every record a chance to see if maybe it'll reel me in. however, the majority i'm bored with and listen to something else. blood oath doesn't do much for me at all. just my opinion.
Old Head
39,027 Posts
62/M/NA
would it sweeten the pot for you if I told you they wore jeans that hugged their balls during the recording?
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
35/M/NY
besides the best death metal came out of the 90's.
breeze 'em out
21,316 Posts
35/M/NY
Originally posted by: XWHISKEYX

would it sweeten the pot for you if I told you they wore jeans that hugged their balls during the recording?



why would this make me like music more? use logic. also, i don't wear skinny jeans. i need room to let my giant dick breathe.
Shark City
7,394 Posts
35/M/CA
Its decent. It doesn't do a whole lot for me but its a solid release for 2009.
I have no legs!
27,235 Posts
9/M/PA
Originally posted by:steve grove
suffocation is one of those bands that can do no wrong in my book. obviously this isn't their best release but i dig it and i'm sure it will grow on me.



Sums it up perfectly for me. I also don't get how people bash Breeding the Spawn. I can see saying the production sucks, but it seriously has some of their best songs.
dixie
11,085 Posts
67/M/OH
this album is good

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