Suffocation – Live in Clifton, NJ, April 15, 2012

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Clifton, NJ

April 15, 2012


Review and pics by Infamousbutcher

Suffocation continues to tour the world, destroying everything in its wake! In the last few months Long Island’s heaviest death metallers have played in Russia and Holland, as well as the Eastern United States. Shows in Indonesia, Singapore, and France are on the schedule. Tonight’s show at Dingbatz in Clifton, New Jersey is close to home for Suffo, so the crowd was wild! For those who have never been to a Suffocation show, here’s what to expect: the best guttural death metal vocals ever, blast beats, sudden starts and breakdowns, tight musicianship, and brutality like you’ve never heard in your *&^%ing life!

Dingbatz is a metal bar in North Jersey not far from the Meadowlands and New York City. It has received some notoriety from VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show, as the hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jameson, and Jim Florentine sometimes wear Dingbatz t-shirts on the show. It’s a small place, but the stage and pit area is perfect for an underground show. Sound quality was good as everything was LOUD but clear, distinct, and well mixed. Doors opened at 3 with 7 local support bands opening.

We arrived about 8:30 and there were about 200 people there, good turnout but not a sellout. Suffocation is very fan friendly band. Before Suffo came on at 9:30, frontman Frank Mullen was just hanging out by the t-shirt stand talking to fans. He is very approachable and genuine and I was thrilled to have the opportunity to talk to him before the show started. This summer Suffocation will begin recording a new album which should be out by early next year. That’s a must buy for me!

Suffo took the stage at 9:30 and began their aural assault with “Thrones of Blood” from the classic PIERCED FROM WITHIN album! As always Frank was in fine form, growling with ferocity as he gestured to the incensed crowd! The band was very tight and sick! Terrance’s leads were precise and powerful, blending with Guy’s rhythms. Derek’s bass was lead heavy, perfect! Mike Smith’s replacement Dave Culross showed impressive speed, but I still don’t think he is on Mike’s level. Dave’s young son was on stage for the entire set banging his head and having a blast. Frank introduced him as a great kid who likes to play poker and pick up chicks! Who says death metal can’t be family friendly?

Crowd response was great and a pit broke out immediately. Moshing was good aggressive fun; no fights broke out and no one intentionally trying to take people out (except one minor cheap shot). Since I am older now, I have to pace myself as I am not as indestructible as I was in my early 20s. It’s a week later and I am still wearing my badges of honor, but it was totally worth it! Suffo delivered the brutal goods as always and all fans were satisfied! Set was the same as Allentown minus “Jesus Wept”. Highlights included the old “Effigy of the Forgotten” (crushing, best song of the night), “Catatonia” (oldest Suffocation song there is and still my favorite of all time), “Pierced From Within” (more folks wanted a piece of me in the pit and I obliged!), “Liege of Inveracity” (BRUTAL – hey I love the old classics!), and a grand leveling final KO punch version of “Infecting the Crypts” to close the show.

If you are a Suffo fan, continue to keep the faith and spread word to your fellow metalheads about these death metal gods. They are one of the very best live metal bands ever and continue to prove it night in and night out. Next local Suffocation stop is Maryland Deathfest X in May, and I will be there!


Set list:

Thrones of Blood

Effigy of the Forgotten


Pierced From Within

Liege of Inveracity

Abomination Reborn

Funeral Inception

Breeding the Spawn

Suspended in Tribulation

Infecting the Crypts



Frank Mullen:  Subhuman vocals, roars, and growls

Terrance Hobbs – Lead Guitar

Guy Marchais – Guitar

Dave Culross  – Drums

Derek Boyer – Bass

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