Suffocation "Of The Dark Light"

Suffocation "Of The Dark Light"

SUFFOCATION

"OF THE DARK LIGHT"

2017

Suffocation raises from the ashes after a four-year hiatus. Out comes their new nine-track album called …Of the Dark Light. Firstly, what is dark light?? Secondly, Frank Mullen is one of the Cookie-Monster-est of Cookie Monster growlers…which isn’t always a bad thing. Thirdly, I’m going to flat out say that this is another Suffocation album for sure, meaning they haven’t changed a lot in the past four years.

To save a bit of time, for those who love Suffocation for what they’ve been doing, this is a great album, but for those who wanted or a little more change, eh, not so much.

The opening track, “Clarity Through Deprivation” doesn’t give you time to catch your breath. It just throws you to the wolves. Halfway through the song, there is a pretty brutal breakdown and a solo with a bunch of whammies. That’s death metal for you.

Something I didn’t like about the second song, however, is that it sounds like the song ends about two-thirds into it. The first time I listened to it, I thought that was the end of the first song.

The third song, “Your Last Breath,” is probably a favorite pick of mine out of the entire album because of the guitar work and the addition of a little melody in the beginning. I like the hopeless lyrics “There’s nothing you can do” when it comes to death.

The title track, “…Of the Dark Light,” has a really cool, slightly slower, melodic moment right before the solo while the chugs are still coming in heavy. Again, in the middle of the song, it sounds like the song is on its final cymbal crashes. This time, it slowly revs up again into a doomier movement. The song is only three and a half minutes long, but as the tempo continuously slows down as it progresses, it almost feels like a five-minute song.

“Some Things Should Be Left Alone,” the seventh track in the album, is almost your standard,

cookie-cutter death song. You’ve heard the drum beat pattern so many times, it’s almost a distinguishing character of death metal (again, not a bad thing).

Skipping to the last track of the song, “Epitaph of the Credulous” features a bunch of sick bass lead breaks. It’s impressive, fun and brutal. It’s a little unexpected out of this album. Half way through this track, it slows down to a breakdown-like groove. The song and album end with a final, fading growl.

My overall impression is that it is a really good death metal album! It has a sound that Suffocation and death metal audiences crave, but it’s nothing new, nothing special and shiny; it’s just a good death metal album.

But after four years away, it’s nice to hear they are still pumping out tunes.

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