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Suffocation's "Hymns from the Apocrypha" – A Brutal Homage to Death Metal's Pantheon


With "Hymns from the Apocrypha," Suffocation reaffirms their status as titans of the death metal realm, delivering a pulverizing testament to their three and a half decades of mastery in extremity.


Co-produced by the adept Christian Donaldson and adorned with the macabre artwork of Giannis Nakos, this album is not merely a collection of tracks; it is a brutal epic sprawled across the canvass of their legendary career.


From the opening onslaught to the final devastating note, Suffocation navigates through the catacombs of technical proficiency with the poise of seasoned conquerors. Frank Mullen's iconic guttural utterances remain as harrowing as ever, while Terrance Hobbs' riffs slice through the mix with surgical precision.

Derek Boyer's bass lines resonate with an ominous depth, laying a solid foundation for the aural carnage that unfolds.



The album is a relentless barrage of sonic brutality, but within the chaos lies a profound sense of order. Each track is meticulously crafted, boasting intricate rhythms that defy standard conventions and guitar solos that sear with an otherworldly intensity. Suffocation doesn't just play their instruments; they wield them like weapons of war, each note a calculated strike.


"Hymns from the Apocrypha" is an exploration into the darker recesses of the human psyche, a reflection on existential dread, and a chronicle of the band's unyielding legacy. Suffocation has not simply returned; they have ascended, presenting a record that is as artistically daring as it is crushingly heavy.



As they march into their 35th year, Suffocation's latest offering stands as a monolith to their enduring influence and unquenchable spirit. "Hymns from the Apocrypha" isn't just another addition to their discography—it's a dark hymnal for the ages, an embodiment of death metal at its most fearsome and a celebration of a band that continues to define and redefine the genre with each guttural chant and every shattering riff.

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