Suffocation
Blood Oath


3.0
good

Review

by Countorus USER (7 Reviews)
July 3rd, 2009 | 55 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Suffocation give you another dose of brutality..for awhile

Anyone familiar with Suffocation? You should be; the New York based band have been putting out some of the most prolific material for almost two decades! How can anyone forget the sheer brutality of Effigy of the Forgotten? Over fifteen years later the band released their self titled which was proven to be a serious accomplishment in what the band has to offer. Now with the release of Blood Oath, the pressure is on, because the quetion remained, could it live up to its previous release? possibly live up to such classics as Pierced From Within? Lets just say the offering of the album left me tattered and torn from start to finish.

My first inital listen left me stunned with satisfaction, the album was an instant click and had me at the edge of my seat beginning to end. Lets just say this was inital shock. A couple more listens it was still great but as the shock wore off there was no doubt that this was still a solid release. It does have alot of great moments but to me still stands as the album you put on if your in desperate need of a head bashing. Which leads me to the instrumentation, any fan of Suffocation knows that they never fail to hit you hard with blistering riffs and crushing technicality.

The album starts off with the title track, basically showcasing what the whole album has to offer. This isn't a bad thing at all because the track itself slays beyond brutality. Terrance and Guy present some great riffs, while Derek Boyer playing some of the sickest bass lines i've heard since Cryptopsy's None So Vile. The most noteable thing that stands out is the bass sound. The slapping blows delivered are easily perceived, and are vigorously noticeable throughout the album. The distinctness of the bass isn't the only thing what makes this album strong. Its the riffs and technicallity the guitarists have to offer. They have seem to distinguish their guitar playing because to me its heavier than ever. Not to mention the great solos that are present from start to finish. The overall guitar work is good.

What you may think is, why isn't this album superb or classic material? There is so much good things about this album, and seems to not have any cons. So why such an average rating? Well you see its because although the tracks are great it seems to grow repetive at times to the point you realize you realize you are still listening. For example say you are on track one, then all of sudden you realize a few tracks have gone by. This can either be an ultimate spine splitting release or an uninterested snoozefest. To me honestly can be a combination both. This does have potential to be one of stronger releases from the band, but can never live up to the genius of Effigy of the Forgotten or Peirced from Within.

Overall if you are in a desperate need of a great listen of brutality i would recommend this to you, for a few listens. If you are not familiar with the band, this should not be your first album. For the bands previous releases should satisfy you more.



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foreverendeared
July 3rd 2009


14678 Comments


some of the most prolific material for over a decade
almost 2 decades now!
because in my mind this was an instant classic in my mind
in my mind in my mind in my mind :P

several other grammatical errors throughout. I suggest you proof-read this VERY carefully. Decent review, I think this would work better shortened up a bunch and made into a sound-off

Mordecai.
July 3rd 2009


8279 Comments


woah, how can you review this and not mention Smith's superhuman drumming abilities? and yeah, a few obvious grammatical errors that foreverendeared highlighted

HenchmanOfSanta
July 3rd 2009


1872 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Some grammar errors like the other guy pointed out. I don't think you capitalized Suffocation once, and None So Vile should be capitalized too. You might also want to mention that that's by Cryptopsy, so anyone who isn't familiar with death metal will know what you mean.

Also, "to the point you realize you realize you are still listening."

Otherwise a good review and a good description of the sound.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

burnedcorpse
July 3rd 2009


26 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Good review, Blood Oath is great.

fireaboveicebelow
July 3rd 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

shame that this came out with Funebrarum to overshadow this

McP3000
July 3rd 2009


3941 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i like it too much for a 3, but if it wears off much itll definitely drop down

Tyler
Emeritus
July 3rd 2009


7926 Comments


It didn't wear off for me, and I've had it for a long time.

Piglet
July 3rd 2009


4654 Comments


Anyone farmiliar with suffocation?

lols, two grammar mistakes in the first sentence!! This must be a rushed review

fireaboveicebelow
July 4th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you should be, the new york based band have been putting out some of the most prolific material for almost two decades!.
capitalize the first word of the sentence, change the comma to a semi-colon, and capitalize New York, and get rid of the period after the exclamation point

sickofantsid
July 4th 2009


129 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I contest sir that you have underscored this!
Some of the guitar work is superb, solo's abound and i definitely disagree that it becomes repetitive.

Good review nonetheless

Wizard
July 5th 2009


19444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

shame that this came out with Funebrarum to overshadow this

This.

Album is average.

Digging: Godflesh - A World Lit Only By Fire

Phantom
July 5th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

stfu wizard

but this is a 3.5 at bestttt

ScorpionStan
July 6th 2009


1834 Comments


review is extremely tasty! pos'd : )

Wizard
July 6th 2009


19444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

stfu wizard

but this is a 3.5 at bestttt


Only if you gag me.

Supernaut456
July 12th 2009


7 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is really so much better than souls to deny or the s/t. I think it is all around a pretty excellent album - I like the riffs, the solos, the production, and the songs are pretty identifiable. Anyway a big step up from the past two in my book

devouredbymetal
July 13th 2009


516 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0 | Sound Off

much much better than their s/t....their s/t sucked so bad..

Wizard
July 14th 2009


19444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wow, I think I totally underrated this album. Gets better with each listen.

Phantom
July 14th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Now Frank doesn't have to come round to your home and man handle you.

I don't have a physical copy of this yet so can someone who does let me know whether the insert booklet has another photo of Frank wielding a shotgun? Ha.

Wizard
July 14th 2009


19444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't have a physical copy of this yet so can someone who does let me know whether the insert booklet has another photo of Frank wielding a shotgun? Ha.

I have it right in front of me and no, he is not wielding a shotgun hahahaha.

Phantom
July 14th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Aw dammit. It was funny when I was looking at the last album's booklet and it came to the band photos seciton and there was Frank with his shotgun. It made me laugh so I was hoping he might make it a running theme.



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