Regardless of wheter you're a death metalhead or not, you have to respect a group like Suffocation -- for being around as long as they've been, and for continually sticking to their guns through thick and thin. Trends may come and go, but you can always count on the Suffocation chaps for a healthy dose of punishing drumbeats, frantic doomsday riffing, and vocals so devilish that Beelzebub himself is probably green with envy. The group's 2006 self-titled release offers more of the same, but that's obviously the way the boys like it, as evidenced by such assaults on the senses as "Abominations Reborn" (on which drummer Mike Smith offers some impressive metronome-like beats), while you know what you're in for by just gazing at such other song titles as "Bind Torture Kill." Longtime Suffocation fanatics will surely be pleased.
by Greg Prato