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Few bands can be credited with creating a legacy, however, legendary New York based extreme metal outfit SUFFOCATION have done just that. For 20 years now SUFFOCATION have been creating music that has become the very standard by which we judge all things extreme.

Their fusion of technicality, groove and sheer unrelenting brutality has been imitated but never quite duplicated. Milestone ... Read more in Amazon's Suffocation Store

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  • Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
  • Original Release Date: 2009
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • ASIN: B0027OSSQK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blood Oath
2. Dismal Dream
3. Pray for Forgiveness
4. Images of Purgatory
5. Cataclysmic Purification
6. Mental Hemorrhage
7. Come Hell or High Priest
8. Undeserving
9. Provoking the Distrubed
10. Marital Decimation
11. Pray for Forgiveness [*][Instrumental][Version]
12. Dismal Dream [Rough Mix Un-Mastered] [*]

Editorial Reviews

U.S. pressing of the seminal New York Death Metal band's 2009 album includes two bonus tracks. In the relatively short but intense history of Extreme Metal, Suffocation are unique for fusing the technical with the percussive and single-handedly redefining the genre. They also represent the future of Metal as they continue to redefine brutality and the meaning of extreme with each album they release. Suffocation are the pioneers of New York Brutal Death Metal, and Blood Oath is a testament to their longevity. Blood Oath has the privilege of not only being a distinctively brutal album by the band that has been at the pinnacle of the genre for 20 years, but also of perfectly capturing the simmering anger of these times. The timeliness of this sound and the viability of this band make 2009 Suffocation's time to reign

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Overall, the pace of the music here is a little slower than prior releases.
Wayne A. Grimsey
The material is still strong enough that I've no doubt that I'll pick up their next release, but I hope they start moving forward again at some point.
General Zombie
Suffocation's "Blood Oath" is an awesome display of death metal mastery by the best in the business.
B. Moasser

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Zander Haberstaft on July 15, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Marking their 20th anniversary of being around (formed in 1989), Suffocation manages to release their best product since "Despise the Sun". You gotta give 'em credit for sticking around after all these years, while many a cookie cutter death metal bands have come and gone (sometimes the problem is, they don't go away.) So when I got the CD and saw the sticker with the quote, "Best thing they've done in ten years" I was skeptical because how many times have you heard/seen that on the album packaging only to find out that it is far from true? "Blood Oath" is a brilliant exception.

After re-forming after the post-late-90s breakup, Suffocation's output has left a lot to be desired. "Souls to Deny" was a hackneyed, poorly put together album made for the sake of putting out an album. The self-titled album of 2006 signaled something different, it displayed the fact that the band is willing to toy with their style and try different things (sometimes to the chagrin of their fans.) Ultimately, the last half of the last album took the overall product down a notch.

Here we find the band that has found their groove and feels right at home in their song writing ability. Guy Marchais works well with the band as opposed to clashing with it in prior efforts. The dual guitars of Marchais and Hobbes are a treat to be sure, but the booster in the reformed band was obviously Derek Boyer. The guy is well worth his pay delivering some of the best bass lines heard in a death metal album ever. Mike Smith has always been a wild card in Suffocation (odd since he's the founding member), sometimes delivering good performances and sometimes sticking to a rigid Morbid Angel type of drumming. I have to say though, this is his best drumming.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Wayne A. Grimsey on July 14, 2009
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I have listened to this album a few times over the last view days, so here's my conclusion:
If you're looking for a fresh new death metal album to add to your collection, you can not go wrong here. The production is very crisp, though the excellent guitar playing could be a tad louder in the mix. Also, check out the track Dismal Dream; Derek Boyer's bass playing is amazing on here. Frank Mullen's vocal style seems to be a a bit deeper than what he applied on the band's self titled release. The tracks Blood Oath and Dismal Dream were the first tracks to grow on me. I also enjoy the doomy atmosphere of Cataclysmic Purification. There's also a new version of Marital Decimation from Breeding the Spawn. This continues the tradition of Suffocation releasing a new version of a song from that album on each of their subsequent full length releases. A great track in it's own right.
Overall, the pace of the music here is a little slower than prior releases. Yet, each track still contains a healthy thick slab of busy action that keeps me wanting to come back for more.
I gave this album a quite a few listens and nuances in the music became more apparent. The songs which didn't initially grow on me, have actually become more catchy now.

Well worth purchasing, if you enjoy a good thick solid slab of death metal.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald Roberts on July 24, 2009
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this album takes repeated listens before it finally gels, and even then it's not as memorable or accessible as their prior albums. For some reason, Blood Oath reminds me of Morbid Angel's Heretic album. There is obvious influence by Morbid Angel, Hate Eternal, even Immolation sprinkled throughout. The new sound is refreshing but ultimately comes off as an exhausting exercise in brutality devoid of any catchy chorus lines or outstanding riffs. Lyrically, this is probably Frank Mullen's weakest contribution to their discography but his voice has stayed true to form. All in all, a solid performance from the true titans of death metal that ultimately is overshadowed by its predecessor. Neither Obituary, Deicide or Cannibal Corpse could capture the magic of their prior albums; Suffocation is no different. Rather than rehashing their self-titled album, though, they've opted for a rawer, darker sound that harkens back to old-school Suffocation. This album will not propel them up the death metal hierarchy but it will still lay to waste the new generation of brutal wanna-be's.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Frank Rini on July 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Blood Oath marks a bit of a change in style for Suffocation. When the band first released Effigy of the Forgotten in '91 I think I can go on record as saying that was probably one of the most brutal albums during that time and they stayed that way for a while. With bands getting faster and more intense Suffo have opted for a different approach, as they have matured. This album is more melodic and less blasting than what I am accustomed to with a Suffo album. Groove/chugging slower sections and mid tempo beats are the main focus on this release. There are even some slower doomy sections that I thought were quite cool. Album opens up with the title track. A normal Suffo opener comes blasting out the gates. This song starts off with fast double bass at a mid tempo speed. There are some melodic/slower parts to this track. The song is flat out awesome. Dismal Dream starts things off next and is more typical Suffo-blast type of stuff. One thing you will notice upon first listen is that Derek Boyer can play the hell out of a bass. It sounds awesome. The only problem is that the guitars get too buried in the mix and at times the production is muddy. The blast parts are where this is prevalent, where the guitars get lost in the shuffle. The slower sections the guitars come through and sound great, wish the production was more even. Mullen sounds great through and through. He doesn't step outside the box as a death metal vocalist, you know what you're getting w/him behind the mic. Mega powerul voice for a guy of his stature. Mike Smith rages on drums, as usual.

As I listen to the cd more, there are just a bunch of sections that seem like retreads of older material. Less memorable songs that are less catchy. They rerecord Marital Decimation from the great Breeding the Spawn cd.
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