Sunday, September 17, 2017
Suffocation: ...Of the Dark Light (2017)
There are certain fundamental elements that are expected for a Suffocation album. The first of these is definitely brutality. Suffocation is not a subtle band and does not rely on melody. Crushing, yet technical riffs, blastbeat-driven drums, and deep guttural roaring vocals are the band's calling cards. Their music is violent and intense, but their best material is also infectious. That has been the one thing that has been lacking of late, truly memorable material.
This is Suffocation's strongest album in years. It contains some absolutely memorable songs, such as "Clarity Through Deprivation", "The Violation", and "Some Things Should be Left Alone." The band has really not done anything differently musically on this album. It just comes across as a tighter sound, with more energy and passion. The band sounds rejuvenated somehow. Perhaps this is due to new members Eric Morotti and Charlie Errigo at drums and guitar respectively, neither of whom had even been born when Suffocation released their first album. Whatever it is, the band sounds better than they have in over a decade.
This is without a doubt, Suffocation's strongest album in years. The band has re-captured the spirit and energy that made them one of the greatest death metal bands ever.