Suffocation
Souls to Deny


4.0
excellent

Review

by Brandon Burton USER (19 Reviews)
October 31st, 2008 | 49 replies | 12,284 views


Release Date: 2004 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Did you expect anything less?

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

Death Metal, such an interesting genre it is. With so many bands that come in and with little or no staying power it's hard to take a lot of the newer bands seriously. That's why sometimes it's best to stick with the basics. Suffocation have been doing just that for quite some time now, (and with the exception of their newest) each release has been one death metal classic built upon another. They haven't really changed the formula much, but they never really needed to. They have constantly been releasing good death metal since early 1990 and have quite the discography.

Suffocation's music is exactly how it's name implies: Suffocating. The guitars have so much low end it sometimes feels like you're wading through mud listening to them. There are very few moments on this album where you don't feel as if the band isn't playing as intensely as they possibly can. Everything from the drums to the vocals is downright animalistic in nature. Can we attribute this new found intensity to the fact that this album is the return from a 6 year hatius that the band took? Or the fact that orginial blasting aficionado Mike Smith is finally behind the kit again? Or now the presence of new guitarist Guy Marchais, (ex-Pyrexia, ex-Internal Bleeding) that is giving this band a newfound vigor? How about all of the above? Frank Mullen is still belting out his traditional yet crushing style of vocals and writing some pretty intense lyrics. Even for a band that has been around as long as this one. The one thing that may hold this back a bit for some is the lack of bass, which is such a shame since Pierced From Within was so notable for its bass sections. Derek Boyer just doesn't have the same technical edge that Chris Richards once did.

The musicianship is nothing short of astounding. Combining grinding breakdowns with technical shredding, and hardcore influenced riffage that make this album just another notch in the belt of an already intimidating repertoire of great death metal releases. The drumming from Mike Smith is something that this band has been missing for some time and is absolutely nostalgic to hear again with this band. Sometimes it can be hard for a band, (especially in this genre), to come off having a lot of conviction in what they play and write. But I think you'll be hard pressed to find any other death metal band that sounds as tight and cohesive as these guys do on every album.

Short of the bass being a bit out of expectations this album is just as convoluted and deep as Pierced From Within. This may not be breaking as much new ground as that album did, but it sure as hell still hits the mark with its' technicality and its' bleak and brutal sound. Uncompromising is Suffocation, and Souls To Deny is yet another solid release from the Long Island natives.



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beans
October 31st 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Ok so i picked a pretty well known death metal band to review, i know it seems short but just see how it sounds. Any criticism i am open to.



rasputin
October 31st 2008



14538 Comments


Good review man, just go through it again because you have a few grammatical errors, but good job otherwise.

beans
October 31st 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

where where where?

im in one of those moods


rasputin
October 31st 2008



14538 Comments


With so many bands that come in and with little or no staying power its hard to take a lot of the newer bands seriously.

There are very few moments on this album where you dont feel as if the band isn't playing as intensely as they possibly can.

writing some pretty intense lyrics.Even for a band that has been around as long as this one.

and hardcore influenced riffage that make this album just another notch in the belt of an already

Sometimes it can be hard for a band, (especially in this genre)
put the comma after the brackets

beans
October 31st 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

ok i think i got them all.
lol i thiiiink

edit: yup...cool, one of my better reviews too, cant believe its this shortThis Message Edited On 10.31.08

foreverendeared
October 31st 2008



14678 Comments


good review. all i have is Pierced From Within from Suffocation, but every time i'm in the mood to listen to them, it's the only album i want to hear, it's just so damn good

badtaste
October 31st 2008



824 Comments


Very nice review. Methinks you could have name dropped some tracks though, maybe which tracks were highlights or lowlights, etc.

Wizard
October 31st 2008



19304 Comments


Great review. A few mistakes here and there such as too many commas.

Digging: Downer - Downer

foreverendeared
October 31st 2008



14678 Comments


too many commas? what? i read one sentence that could do without ONE comma, but there are hardly too many commas here man

BallsToTheWall
October 31st 2008



44164 Comments


Like 4th sentence between parentheseis. I don't know how to quote but "thier newest". Their. Good review, haven't heard much from this band.

SynGates
October 31st 2008



2467 Comments


[*quote]10,000 posts and you don't know how to quote?[*/quote] remove *s

beans
October 31st 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Like 4th sentence between parentheseis. I don't know how to quote but "thier newest


so you're saying there shouldnt be a comma before the quotation marks hit?

A few mistakes here and there such as too many commas.


ahhh idk man, look through it again, there are a few but not as many as my first draft had.This Message Edited On 10.31.08

beans
November 1st 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

whoa, i left this today with 4 pos

and came back and there are now 6.
no new comments

coooool
i guess
album still owns hard

foreverendeared
November 2nd 2008



14678 Comments


so you're saying there shouldnt be a comma before the quotation marks hit?
no man he's saying you spelled "their" wrong.

heylelshalem
November 2nd 2008



71 Comments


suffocation are the best death metal band ever IMHO. ill probably buy the album just to support the band.

heylelshalem
November 2nd 2008



71 Comments


suffocation are the best death metal band ever IMHO. ill probably buy the album just to support the band.

beans
November 2nd 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no man he's saying you spelled "their" wrong.


fix'd

foreverendeared
November 3rd 2008



14678 Comments


suffocation are the best death metal band ever IMHO. ill probably buy the album just to support the band.
they won't see any of that money any more, it'll just go straight to the record company

TheSyncopath
November 9th 2008



23 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album was somewhat disappointing for me. With the exception of Deceit, To Weep Once More and Tomes of Acrimony, the riffs are mostly just generic. The solos on the entire album are quite lame. The departure of Doug Cerrito hit the band hard, it seems. Frank's voice sounds much weaker, but that's probably just the production. Mike Smith sounds great though.

beans
November 9th 2008



2332 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

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