Suffocation - …Of the Dark Light (2017)


Perfectly aging with time, like a fine bottle of scotch, today we have Suffocation and their latest opus “…Of the Dark Light”. Delivering over 35 minutes of brutality, Frank Mullen and company embrace the more modern Technical/Brutal DM influences and manage to craft a very traditional Suffocation release that feels fresh and current.

Opening with the sinister “Clarity Through Deprivation”, the Suffocation instantly finds its groove with killer drumming and a very hefty pace. The band’s old-school sound is forever present and you can instantly hear it as they steamroll past “Your Last Breaths”, “Return to the Abyss” and “The Violation”. Paired with fresher ideas, the band manages to deliver punishing tracks filled with brutality and cheeky drum patterns like “Of the Dark Light”, which is both intense and crafty.

If headbanging is what you are looking to do, “Some things Should be left Alone” is the perfect tune for this. Filled with tempo shifts and meaty hooks, this track is quite a trip. Adding a new drummer and a new guitarist since last release allows the band to expand their sound and reach new levels of brutality, as you can hear in the playful “Caught Between Two Worlds”.

Closing with the punishing riffage of “Epitaph of the Credulous”, the band leaves use with yet another solid release filled with Suffocation-styled Death Metal. Having come a long way since the days of “Breeding the Spawn”, our favorite Suffocation album, the band continues to keep its brutal core in place while always open to tweak a few things in order to stay relevant. If you like Death Metal, this is a release you don’t want to miss.

Band: Suffocation Album: …Of the Dark Light

Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Release: June 9th, 2017

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Genre: Brutal/Technical Death Metal

Country: USA

Rating: 87/100

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