With an old-school technical death metal approach, new Chilean kids on the block Suppression sound just like every other hopeful death metal band on the market. Sure, they can play and the bassist is worth singling out for his Steve Di Giorgio-esque fretless work…..but there’s just nothing on debut album The Sorrow Of Soul Through Flesh to really shout about.
The problem lies in the fact that if you want this kind of technical death metal to soundtrack your day, you’re more likely to reach for tried and tested favourites such as Pestilence’s Testimony Of The Ancients or Atheist’s Unquestionable Presence in order to sate your appetite (or maybe that’s just us). That gap in the market was filled a long, long time ago and that leaves Suppression in the unenviable position of trying to pull your attention away from the classics, despite reminding you of said classics throughout. What a conundrum!
The Sorrow Of Soul Through Flesh’s strangely suppressed production also does the band no favours and we’re left with an album that’s serviceable and entertaining enough during its 38 minute duration, but that’s about all.
On the bright side, the unhinged Martin Van Drunen-isms of vocalist Alejandro Cruz do hit the spot rather nicely (nice work sir) and the sheer level of speed and number of ideas thrown at this thing is to be commended.
As debuts go, The Sorrow Of Soul Through Flesh is solid if unspectacular. There is potential here though. 6/10
Suppression’s The Sorrow Of Soul Through Flesh is due for release on 25th April, 2022 via Unspeakable Axe Records.