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Suffocation | ‘…Of The Dark Light’


Ol’ Suffs have been getting a bit of stick for this record.

People complaining that the drums are too clicky, that’s it’s another conveyor belt release, or just that there isn’t the same sense of self in it.

But I don’t know. After many’s a cool spin, I think this one’s pretty darn good. And it was the opener that got me.

Straight out of the traps, ‘Clarity Through Deprivation’ is surprisingly potent.

Speeding from the starting blocks, its descent into thick, wholesome and meaty chunks at the back is incredibly effective. The snare even sounds good to these ears; and, unbelievably in these triggered times, there are little snare-shuffle grace notes that new arrival Eric Morotti throws deftly in to give it colour.

Didn’t see that one coming.

But then, he is a serious player, as this record attests – straight from the Derek Roddy school of consistent belt.

Most of the tracks have a standout motif that makes them memorable. ‘The Warmth In The Dark’ shows a nice tick that comes up several times in the album, a sort of hanging chord riff style that allows the guitars to move up a register into regular E sounding territory for some truly metallic riffs; a sign of songwriting maturity surely, and also one of a slight relaxation. the ‘now you’re left to weep and wallow’ lyric in it is an undoubted ear worm too.

Alright so ‘Your Last Breaths’ is a bit Cannibal Corpse from around ‘Vile’. But then there’s ‘This Violation’ – a track that sounds incredibly Ralph Santolla inspired, as it happens. And that should speak to its quality.

It continues like this: there is something in almost every song.

Now the hard bit.

Going back and listening to the less worthy albums since ‘Souls To Deny’ (the self titled, ‘Blood Oath’ and ‘Pinnacle Of Bedlam’), they’re basically full of moments like this, but without the quality threshold being consistently passed.

In fact, going back through them, I found myself wondering if they have flipcharts or other memory aids for what after five or six tracks sounds like a consistent assemblage of identical riffs in different formats.

I wonder how Frank Mullen remembers what on earth is going on in this riff-Tetris.

And yet, this album’s flow of songs is cool; the songs themselves are cool.

So in that respect I’m not so fussed that it hasn’t moved a jot since the last two albums, and indeed, it’s incredibly similar. But some of these tracks are just plain addictive, and that’s enough for me from a classic DM band who’ve long since earned their stripes.

It’s really good.

4.2 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 09/07/17



3 Comments
  1. No it’s not

  2. massiveTractor Says:

    I like it. Spun it several times now. Better than the last few for sure. Certainly kicks the ass off the new Decapitated so there is something to be said for not stepping too outside the box if you’re incapable of pulling it off.

  3. shit wallop Says:

    couldn’t make it through that song. too shit

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