SUFFOCATION Announces New Album ‘Hymns From The Apocrypha’

Suffocation 2023
Photo credit: Jason Carlson

New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION unleash their ninth full-length album Hymns From The Apocrypha on November 3rd via Nuclear Blast. The follow-up to …of the Dark Light (2017) and the first release featuring the new vocalist Ricky Meyers , pushes the band to the very edges of extremity and is arguably the group’s strongest-sounding, most sonically punishing album yet. SUFFOCATION have achieved death metal perfection.

Today, the band offers fans the first taste of the album with the ferocious track “Seraphim Enslavement.” The menacing music video was directed and edited by Tom Flynn with character design by Kyle Monroe and is the perfect visual pairing to Ricky Myers’s monstrous vocals.

Derek Boyer comments, “This is my fifth full-length studio album with SUFFOCATION and this album came out SICK! It features all of the brutal, technical, chaotic twists and turns everyone would expect from SUFFOCATION, plus new elements that are out of the normal realm one might expect. This is the sophomore effort of working with Christian Donaldson (who mixed and mastered Live In North America) and he absolutely KILLED IT on this one!!! We can’t wait to bring these songs to the stage and crush everything in our path!”

Ricky Myers states, “We are thrilled to unveil our 11th full-length album, Hymns From The Apocrypha, a creatively composed piece that blends our style of music with lyrical depth and intricate artwork. This album is a testament to our devotion to brutal music , which we display in the video of our single, ‘Seraphim Enslavement’, a visual journey that complements the album’s concept.”

Hymns From The Apocrypha track listing:

1. Hymns From The Apocrypha
2. Perpetual Deception
3. Dim Veil Of Obscurity
4. Immortal Execration
5. Seraphim Enslavement
6. Descendants
7. Embrace The Suffering
8. Delusions Of Mortality
9. Ignorant Deprivation

SUFFOCATION took about a month and a half to record Hymns from the Apocrypha. They picked up at Hobbs and Boyer’s InLine Studio in Long Island. The duo engineered and co-produced with Christian Donaldson (BENEATH THE MASSACRE, INGESTED), who was also re-enlisted to mix and master, with Dominic Grimard (CRYPTOPSY, SHADOW OF INTENT) assisting. With stunning cover art by Greek illustrator Giannis Nakos of Remedy Art Design (VOMITORY, THE CROWN), Hymns from the Apocrypha is characteristically SUFFOCATION . It’s uncompromisingly brutal, artistically gutsy, and aurally heavy. Clearly, SUFFOCATION,as they head into their 35th Anniversary, are at the peak of their potential. Death metal or die!

In addition, SUFFOCATION announced their extensive Hymns From The Apocrypha European Tour 2024 with SANGUISUGABOGG, ENTERPRISE EARTH , and ORGANECTOMY. The 31-date trek kicks off on January 24th in Dortmund and will make stops in Barcelona, ​​Vienna, and Copenhagen before concluding in Antwerp on February 25th.

Confirmed dates are as follows:

01/26/24 DE Dortmund – Junkyard
01/27/24 FR Paris – Petit Bain
01/28/24 FR Toulouse – Le Rex
01/29/24 ES Bilbao – Stage Live
01/30/24 ES Madrid – Mon Live
01/31/24 ES Barcelona – Salamandra
02/01/24 FR Lyon – MJC Ô Totem
02.02.24 CH Aarau – KiFF
03.02.24 IT Milan – Legend Club
04.02.24 AT Salzburg – Rockhouse
05.02.24 HU Budapest – Dürer Kert
06.02.24 AT Vienna – Viper Room
07.02.24 DE Munich – Backstage
08.02.24 DE Karlsruhe – The city center
09.02.24 DE Frankfurt – The bed
10.02.24 NL Drachten – Drachten Deathfest
11.02.24 DE Hannover – Faust
12.02.24 DK Copenhagen – Pumpehuset
13.02.24 DE Hamburg – Logo
02/14/24 PL Poznań – 2Progi
02/15/24 CZ Prague – Futurum
02/16/24 DE Chemnitz – AJZ
02/17/24 DE Berlin – Hole44
02/18/24 NL Tilburg – Poppodium 013
02/19/24 UK Bristol – The Fleece
02/20/24 UK Birmingham – Asylum
02/21/24 UK Glasgow – Slay
02/22/24 UK Manchester – Club Academy
02/23/24 UK London – O2 Academy Islington
02/24/24 UK Southampton – The Loft
02/25/24 BE Antwerp – Zappa 

Suffocation Hymns-From The Apocrypha