Suffocation
Blood Oath


4.0
excellent

Review

by Anthracks USER (14 Reviews)
December 7th, 2009 | 14 replies


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Smithblast from the past? No, not really, but easily Suffocation's best in their new style.

No one in their lifetime should have to see the most important figure in any movement become irrelevant or swallowed up by the likes of those they influenced. Such was the case with post-reunion Suffocation...until now.

Although Blood Oath has the band at the best we've seen them in a long time, it isn't exactly the band in their creative prime. Too scarcely does the band fall into old habits which, by all means, is a wonderful thing when you're Suffocation. What can be taken from the album though, is that it seems more thought went into the songcraft this time around, compared to even their greatest efforts, which were no doubt fueled by youth's benefits. Which brings me to my foremost concern with the album: the band's energy.

Well...more like the band's lack thereof. Blood Oath doesn't have the band struggling to create coherent songs this time around, but their struggle lies with not being able to project the energetic assault that the band is known for. Overall the riffs feel weighed down, which is good for heaviness (an aspect most certainly targeted in creation, and one largely benefited by the mostly excellent production), but can sometimes feel tedious, especially given the dosage. Most guilty of indolence, and frankly flat out boring, is recidivist - I mean vocalist Frank Mullen, who hasn't really done much in advancing the band's studio sound since Effigy. Exempt from the same crime is Mike Smith, who is perhaps too enthusiastic behind the kit, given the other members' performances.

With all that said, the album is a mid-paced affair for the most part, not unlike their previous two studio albums. However, unlike StD and their self-titled album, which contained one or two good songs, but failed to deliver past that, Blood Oath inversely has the majority of the songs being high quality with one or two stinkers. This allows for much more consistency than the band has been known for lately.

Most importantly, Blood Oath has Suffocation advancing the sounds that they introduced post-reunion, without relying on creating a carbon copy of Pierced From Within (if that were even possible), which is probably all-too-easy of an option...that fact alone being commendable. The band does sometimes take cues from their earlier output though, and some of their earlier contemporaries for that matter. Even the re-recording of Marital Decimation fits in very well, but then again it always was the weakest track on Breeding the Spawn.

Anyone who is expecting a complete revival in form from Suffocation should probably just spin Pierced a few more times, as to satiate that hunger, and then give Blood Oath a spin if you're looking for Suffocation's new sound done very well (and probably the best it can get). I make no hesitation in labeling Blood Oath the band's best effort since Pierced From Within.

Highlights
Blood Oath
Cataclysmic Purification
Come Hell or High Priest



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Anthracks
December 7th 2009


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

wrote this while my little brothers were watching star wars so there's probably errors. pointing those out would be awesome

Digging: The Decemberists - What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

SteelErectedb4you8er
December 7th 2009


2618 Comments


Not that bad of review at all, but from your review, it seems like you should have it at a 3, not a 4. But I do agree with your review.

Android17
December 7th 2009


106 Comments


great album, "Cataclysmic Purification" is one of my favourites this year.

Anthracks
December 7th 2009


3796 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Not that bad of review at all, but from your review, it seems like you should have it at a 3, not a 4. But I do agree with your review.


well the only negative thing i really said about it was that it wasnt energetic. not enough to make another -1.0 deduction for that (when i already did so).

jingledeath
December 7th 2009


7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Great review, didn't really like this much but I'll be giving it a few more listens soon to see if it
grows on me.

rasputin
December 7th 2009


14555 Comments


great review, and spot on analysis. i agree completely.

beans
December 8th 2009


2332 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review man
almost every point i agree with

pos'd

Slimjim367
December 8th 2009


512 Comments


presonally i just thought this album was boring
but now that you mention it, i agree
well written my friend

FadeToBlack
December 8th 2009


11034 Comments


its their best album since they reformed, but that's not saying much really

myhigherpie
December 8th 2009


3027 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

actually that's saying a lot because their S/T is awesome.

FadeToBlack
December 8th 2009


11034 Comments


really? i thought it was pretty generic and zzz apart from a couple of songs

Se2ondComing
December 8th 2009


178 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this album is kinda boring. except for the first track and a few cool parts of some others.

DBlitz
December 11th 2009


1691 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol at the summary

nice review too, i pretty much agree with all of it

hitman
December 21st 2010


774 Comments


it always was the weakest track on Breeding the Spawn.


u crazy



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