The Faceless Prepare For Tour, Comment On New Album
October 18, 2010
Los Angeles based progressive death metallers, The Faceless, have been extremely busy as of late preparing to embark on a massive North American fall tour as direct support to Suffocation while completing work on their much anticipated third full-length release.
Now with the writing process for the new album in full force the group prepares to spend the fall on the road as part of Decibel Magazine's "The Decibel Defiance Tour" featuring Suffocation, Through The Eyes of The Dead, Decrepit Birth and Fleshgod Apocalypse.
Michael Keene (guitars) checks in with the following report in regards to their new album and upcoming touring schedule: "After the 'Summer Slaughter' tour wrapped up, we were left with a very refreshing sense of energy and change. It was great to get out and play such killer shows with all of those talented bands and the experience has super charged the excitement of writing new material and pushing ourselves to new musical boundaries as a group and individual musicians/performers.
"The writing process for our upcoming third record is in full swing and it's a very exciting, fulfilling musical journey so far. We'll be debuting a new song on our upcoming tour with Suffocation, which I feel is a great example of the direction in which the new material is headed. Expect a very progressive and vibey record, that maintains the high-energy that you would expect of The Faceless and even more thought provoking lyrical content than ever before.
"We'll be hitting the road in just a few days to wrap-up the touring cycle for 'Planetary Duality'. We'll be locked up in my recording studio in Los Angeles once we get home. You can expect lots of studio updates and blogs along the way. This will be the last tour we'll be doing until we complete the recording of our new record. With that said, we want to make this a special tour for fans who may have seen us on the 'Summer Slaughter' tour. Therefore, we'll be playing more old songs than usual and debuting a brand new song for you! Come and meet us at a merch table and we hope to see you all soon."
"The Decibel Defiance Tour" Dates:
10/18 - Montreal, Canada @ Foufounes
10/19 - La Baie, Canada @ Vieux Theatre
10/20 - Toronto, Canada @ Opera House
10/21 - Poughkeepsie, Canada @ The Chance
10/22 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos
10/23 - Chicago, IL @ The Clearwater Theater
10/24 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
10/25 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
10/27 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
10/28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
10/29 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
10/30 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
10/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
11/01 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
11/02 - Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
11/03 - Amarillo, TX @ Club Khaos
11/04 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
11/05 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
11/06 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
11/08 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
11/09 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
11/10 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
11/11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Starlight Ballroom
11/12 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
11/13 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
Cannibal Corpse Announce First Ever UK Festival Appearance
November 23, 2009
Death Metal legends Cannibal Corpse
have been added to the Bloodstock Open Air 2010
line up. They will be flying in from Florida next summer for their first ever UK festival performance, which the band are eager to deliver.
Drummer Paul Mazurkiewicz
"We are extremely excited to be playing Bloodstock
! It will be our first ever festival appearance in the UK and we can't wait to tear it up for the masses!"
Bloodstock Open Air 2010
is shaping up to be an unmissable experience, with Behemoth
, Devin Townsend
, Dream Evil
, Leaves Eyes
and Ross The Boss
The Bloodstock Open Air Metal Festival 2010
, sponsored by Metal Hammer (www.metalhammer.co.uk
) and Scuzz TV
), will take place at Catton Hall, Derbyshire from 13th - 15th August. Limited tickets are on sale now until Xmas at the discounted price of ÃÂ£85 for the whole weekend at www.bloodstock.uk.com
Visit Cannibal Corpse
online at http://www.cannibalcorpse.net
, and http://www.myspace.com/cannibalcorpse
Suffocation Announce 2010 Tour With DevilDriver
November 23, 2009
New York extreme metal legends Suffocation
are pleased to announce they will be direct support to DevilDriver
on an upcoming five-week tour launching in January, 2010. "Suffocation
is very excited to be touring with DevilDriver
," states the group. "We know this will be an incredible tour, and encourage the fans to come out and see this amazing lineup!"
The first ten shows are as follows; more dates to be announced soon.
1/07 - Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
1/08 - San Francisco, CA @ Slims
1/09 - Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
1/11 - Portland, OR @ Peter's Room at Roseland Theater
1/12 - Seattle, WA @ Studio Seven
1/13 - Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
1/15 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater
1/16 - Englewood, CO @ Gothic Theatre
1/18 - Maplewood, MN @ The Rock
1/19 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
uploaded a video clip for the track "Cataclysmic Purification
. The footage was directed by David Brodsky
, God Forbid
) with animation by Tim Kellen
recently announced their co-headlining May 2010 tour of Latin America with Napalm Death
. The band will be supporting their Nuclear Blast
debut 'Blood Oath'
, which was released in North America in July 2009.
with Napalm Death
05/05/10 - Mexico DF - Mexico City @ TBA
05/07/10 - Venezuela- Caracas @ TBA
05/08/10 - Colombia - Bogota @ Teatro Metropol
05/09/10 - Ecuador - Quito @ Bunga
05/11/10 - Peru - Lima @ Voce (TBA)
05/13/10 - Chile - Santiago @ Teatro Caupolican
05/14/10 - Argentina - Bs As @ Teatro Flores
05/15/10 - Brazil - Curitiba @ TBA
05/16/10 - Brazil - Sao Paulo @ TBA
For more info visit: www.myspace.com/suffocation
Suffocation Announce Co-Headline Dates With Napalm Death
October 27, 2009
are happy to announce their co-headlining tour of Latin America with Napalm Death
. The band will be touring in support of their Nuclear Blast
debut 'Blood Oath'
, which was released in July 2009, in May of 2010. Confirmed dates are as follows with some venues soon to be announced:
05/05 - Mexico DF - Mexico City @ TBA
05/07 - Venezuela- Caracas @ TBA
05/08 - Colombia - Bogota @ Teatro Metropol
05/09 - Ecuador - Quito @ Bunga
05/11 - Peru - Lima @ Voce (TBA)
05/13 - Chile - Santiago @ Teatro Caupolican
05/14 - Argentina - Bs As @ Teatro Flores
05/15 - Brazil - Curitiba @ TBA
05/16 - Brazil - Sao Paulo @ TBA
recently filmed a video clip for the track âCataclysmic Purification
â with director David Brodsky
, God Forbid
). Bassist Derek Boyer
recently stated about the track and the groups 6th full length album 'Blood Oath'
audibly portrays a calamitous future approaching. With this song and the rest of the album I think we've maintained the musical integrity of the band while still having comprehendible brutality. âBlood Oathâ
combines straight forward crushing movements with unsuspecting twists that will certainly entertain everyone from the avid Suffocation
listener to the 1st time innocent bystanders."
For more info visit: www.suffocation.us
Suffocation: Live Album Streaming Online
October 24, 2009
Legendary death metallers Suffocation's
only official live record, 'The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City'
, is currently streaming in its entirety at this location: www.SuffocationLive.info
. 'The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City'
will see its North American release next Tuesday, October 27th, via Relapse Records
and is available for pre-order at this location
'The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City'
was recorded in 2005 during the bandâs Souls To Deny
world tour. The complete track listing for this unedited full live set is as follows:
1. Infecting The Crypts
2. Thrones Of Blood
3. Surgery Of Implalement
5. Liege Of Inveracity
6. Despise The Sun
7. Subconsciously Enslaved
8. Immortally Condemned
9. Effigy Of The Forgotten
10. Tomes Of Acrimony
11. Breeding The Spawn
12. Pierced From Within
13. Funeral Inception
10/30 - Auckland, NZ - Transmission Room
w/ Arch Enemy
, Winds Of Plague
11/01 - Perth, Australia - Capitol
11/03 - Adelaide, Australia - Fowlers Live
11/05 - Melbourne, Australia - The Forum
11/06 - Sydney, Australia - The Roundhouse
11/07 - Brisbane, Australia - The HiFi
11/13 - Montreal, QC - Trois Rivieres Metalfest
11/14 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven (w/ The Faceless
, Vital Remains
11/15 - Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre (w/ The Faceless
, Vital Remains
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YEAR FORMED: 1990
Frank Mullen (vocals)
Terrance Hobbs (guitar)
Guy Marchais (guitar)
Derek Boyer (bass)
Mike Smith (drums)
Relapse Records is proud to bring you the new release from death metal legends SUFFOCATION, entitled Souls To Deny. SUFFOCATION, (Frank Mullen - vocals, Terrance Hobbs - guitar, Guy Marchais - guitar, Derek Boyer - bass, Mike Smith - drums) one of the most influential and emulated bands in the history of extreme music and the pioneers of the now-infamous 'New York death metal sound', return to the Relapse label after releasing the now classic albums Effigy Of The Forgotten (1991), Breeding The Spawn (1993), and Pierced From Within (1995) via Roadrunner Records.
In death metal history, Suffocation stands unique for fusing the technical with the percussive, brutal older styles of death metal as well as for being emulated more than any other band. Previous to SUFFOCATIONs formation, death metal used simple structures and repetitive, percussive beats ending in extremely recognizable resolutions to sound heavy and dark, but was often shunned by metal audiences as too rudimentary and redundant. Suffocation integrated the heavier styles of death metal with the muffled strumming and downstroke rhythms of speed metal while introducing far more complex rhythms, a variety of influences, and bizarre, mocking lead guitar. Suffocations approach was to meld the emotions of hardcore and extreme avantgarde metal into a contexture of intricate conflicting structures through absorption of both to form the ultimate in pummeling, concrete, functional rhythms.
After forming in 1990, SUFFOCATION quickly released their 3-song debut Reincremation. Within weeks of its existence came the interest of many labels who wanted to claim stake to the next SUFFOCATION album. The band chose to release it's follow-up, Human Waste through Relapse Records in 1991. Complex and unrelentingly savage, Human Waste saw Suffocation bash out the beginnings of death metal's most visible style, the "New York" combination of blasting grindcore beats and metallic textures. This was only but the beginning...
The now classic, Effigy of the Forgotten was released in 1991 via Roadrunner Records. Effigy... took the rhythmic relentlessness of hardcore beats, put them into speed metal structures and overlaid off-time
counterpoint structures. Effigy of the Forgotten took SUFFOCATIONs intent to a new plane, taking the multiple languages of music and unifying them in an evocative, thundering chorus of death metal.
Bassist, Josh Barohn was replaced by Chris Richards for the following album, 1993s Breeding The Spawn. Thunderously heavy and rigorously artistic, Breeding The Spawn surpassed expectations. Highly rhythmic, Suffocation's second album built on the legacy of their first with more emphasis on the bearing weight of repeated changing / off time rhythms (see later day practitioners MESHUGGAH) and a SLAYER-derived sense of melody. The guttural vocal expansion of vocalist Frank Mullen perfectly complimented the creative lead work from Cerritos and Hobbs. After the release of Breeding..., SUFFOCATION hit the road for months on end in support of the release, bringing their jaw-dropping live performances to both their devoted legions of followers, and hordes of wide-eyed new devotees.
In 1994, drummer Mike Smith left Suffocation and was replaced by drummer Doug Bohn. This new line-up featured on the 1994 live album, Live Death.
Following the release of 1995's Pierced From Within, SUFFOCATION embarked on successful tours of Europe, Canada, Mexico, and the United States, playing to thousands and enjoying increased album sales. After these tours, drummer Doug Bohn was replaced by former Malevolent Creation drummer Dave Culross.
In 1998, Suffocation once again hooked up with legendary producer / engineer Scott Burns for the recording of the EP, Despise the Sun. Released on micro-indie Vulture Records, Despise the Sun contained SUFFOCATIONs most accomplished material to date, the band comfortable enough in their style to develop it to a muscular prime. A savage example of pounding death metal, Despise the Sun utilized contrapuntal structures in recursive patterns to produce its effect - engaging, energetic and insightful death metal with no letup in intensity.
Despite Despise the Suns powerful testament to artistic process and death metal design, the EP suffered from the lack of both availability and awareness that its small issuer would provide. In September, 2000, Relapse stepped in and reissued Despise..., the increased awareness and exposure led many to believe that SUFFOCATION were ready to reclaim their rightful place atop death / extreme metals hierarchy that their self-imposed three year layoff had nearly compromised. But conflicts within the band forced Suffocation to
disband soon after.
In early 2002, rumors of a SUFFOCATION reunion began to surface and the death metal world was immediately abuzz with the possibility. SUFFOCATION confirmed their intentions soon afterwards and with a line-up of Mike Smith (drums), Terrance Hobbs (guitar), Guy Marchais (guitar), Frank Mullen (vocals), and Derek Boyer (bass), the band resumed writing and rehearsals and announced that they were back to stay and ready to deliver once again.
Immediately upon the announcement, SUFFOCATION headlined the sold-out 2003 installments of the New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Maryland Deathfest and Milwaukee Metalfest(s) to a rousing response. In June, 2003, the band unveiled a brand new song entitled "Deceit". The as-then-unsigned band's video for "Deceit" made its world-premier on FUSE's "Uranium" program, and, as a testament to their universally-recognized impact on the genre, SUFFOCATION was profiled on both "Uranium" and MTV2's "Headbangers Ball" recently without the influence of label backing.
The wildly influential band entered New York's Full Force Studios with engineer Joe Cincotta in Winter, 2003 to begin recording their first full album of new material since Pierced From Within, entitled Souls to Deny.
SUFFOCATION return with Souls to Deny, their first full length album in nearly a decade and first full length album for Relapse Records. Masterfully controlled yet frighteningly intense, Souls to Deny is a truly devastating display of technical death metal. Maniacally complex lead and rhythm guitar acrobatics intermix with dizzyingly proficient drum work, creating complex, savage riff collages. Containing the songs Deceit, To Weep Once More , Souls to Deny, Surgery of Impalement, Demise of the Clone, Subconsciously Enslaved, Immortally Condemned and Tomes of Atrimony, Souls to Deny is set for a late April, 2004 release date. Crushing brutality from the masters!!
Often copied but never duplicated, SUFFOCATION remains at once intricately technical and immaculately heavy!