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Suffocation
...Of The Dark Light
November 2017
Released: 2017, Nuclear Blast
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Kate Wilcox (Guest Reviewer)

In the early part of the 90’s, if you were there and you remember, there seemed to be an explosion of technical death metal with bands like Carcass, Pestilence and of course Suffocation coming to the surface. Since then Suffocation have remained a very straight ahead, technical death metal band with no BS but a whole lot of talent behind their music. It wasn’t until the middle part of that decade that I discovered them, but I remember hearing "Breeding the Spawn" for the first time and being immediately impressed.



Similar to their previous albums, "...OF THE DARK LIGHT is played with intense focus and creativity. The songwriting stands well ahead others in the death metal genre and the talents of drummer Eric Morotti and guitarist Charlie Errigo are undeniable. The staple combination of blast beats and brutal riffs stand out on tracks like "Return to the Abyss" and the title track. "Some Things Should Be Left Alone" carries a middle-eastern guitar melody that changes things up a little bit but the most dynamic track I would say is "Caught Between Two Worlds" that shows the maturity the band has developed over the years but is still delivered with a raw primal force.



Are Suffocation breaking any new ground here? Not really. But still you have to give respect to the awesome musicianship and skill these guys possess and is probably some of their best material that they've put out in quite a while. If you are a fan of this area of death metal then I recommend you check out "...OF THE DARK LIGHT, I don't think you will be disappointed.
Track Listing

1. Clarity Through Deprivation
2. The Warmth Within the Dark
3. Your Last Breaths
4. Return to the Abyss
5. The Violation
6. Of the Dark Light
7. Some Things Should Be Left Alone
8. Caught Between Two Worlds
9. Epitaph of the Credulous

Lineup

Frank Mullen Vocals
Terrance Hobbs Guitars
Derek Boyer Bass
Eric Morotti Drums
Charlie Errigo Guitars

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