Band/Artist Profile

Band of the Week: Suffocation

Ahhh, Suffocation. One of the OG’s of death metal. Unfortunately, I have never seen them, even though I had the chance to my senior year of high school! So, what had happened was (queue Kevin Hart voice) prom night was the same night of the Suffocation show, and I was trying to convince my dad to let me go to the show instead of prom… I was going to wear my prom dress and everything!! But, I did end up going to prom and it was LAME!!! I left 20 minutes in. Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve but I do think it’s a funny story and that’s all that matters.

Suffocation is an American death metal band formed in 1988 in Centereach, New York. Suffocation received fame and attention with their 1991 debut album, Effigy of the Forgotten, which became the staple piece of death metal in the ‘90s. The band was formed by vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Guy Marchais and Todd German, bassist Josh Barohn, and an unknown drummer.

Suffocation’s death metal style is influenced by grindcore. The band uses outrageously guttural vocals with a bottom-heavy guitar foundation, blistering speed, and unmatched brutality, with intricate songwriting. This band is a solid member of the Technical/Math Metal segment, with various time signatures, blast beats, and pure grooves in every single song!

Current Members:

Terrance Hobbs (lead guitar)

Derek Boyer (bass)

Ricky Myers (vocals)

Charlie Errigo (rhythm guitar)

Eric Morotti (drums)


Human Waste (1991)

Effigy of the Forgotten (1991)

Breeding the Spawn (1993)

Pierced from Within (1995)

Souls To Deny (2004)

Suffocation (2006)

Blood Oath (2009)

Pinnacle of Bedlam (2013)

… Of the Dark Light (2017)

Favorite Songs

Pierced from Within

Funeral Inception

Bind Torture Kill

Have you seen Suffocation? What are some of your favorite songs?

Stay Metal,