Album of the Day: Suffocation – Pierced from Within

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Label: Relapse Records

In case you haven’t heard by name, Frank Mullen has decided to leave Suffocation. It was only a matter of time, really. He hadn’t been touring with the band much for several years now, and his next tour with the band will be his last. He’ll be much-missed. Aside from being one of the key vocalists in the development of death metal – any death metal band utilizing lots of growled vocals owes him an immense debt – he was also a genuinely funny presence on-stage. There will always be the studio albums though, and foremost amongst them is Pierced from Within.

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Review: Voracious Scourge – Our Demise

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Label: Immortal Souls Productions

Setting out to recall the old days of death metal, Our Demise does just that. The debut EP from four-piece Voracious Scourge sounds as if it could have crawled out of the late 80’s or early 90’s (albeit with a more modern production), blending technicality and brutality in impressive style. Featuring a veteran line-up – including former Suffocation drummer Mike Smith – Our Demise is a blistering 19 minutes of brutal death metal, that does what EPs are meant to do – it feels like a substantial enough record in its own right, whilst leaving the listener desperately wanting more.

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