New York-based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION are hard at work on material for their new album, tentatively due this summer via Nuclear Blast Records.
In the February 2012 issue of Decibel magazine, SUFFOCATION bassist Derek Boyer stated about the upcoming CD, “We’re in the pre-production stage [and are] currently working on final arrangements, lyrical placement and content.”
He added, “Each album is an evolution process. As always, we take the key elements that are SUFFOCATION, add current feelings and outside influences, the begin collaborating. We’re very happy with the direction we’re headed!”
Relapse Records released SUFFOCATION‘s only official live record, “The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City”, on October 27, 2009 in North America and November 2, 2009 internationally. Recorded in 2005 during the band’s “Souls To Deny” world tour, the CD contains the band’s complete, unedited performance.
SUFFOCATION‘s latest album, “Blood Oath” (Nuclear Blast), sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 135 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.
The follow-up to 2006’s self-titled record, “Blood Oath” was recorded with Joe Cincotta (who worked on the band’s last two releases) and was mixed by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH). The cover artwork was once again brought to life by Jon Zig (DEEDS OF FLESH, DISGORGE, GORGASM).