March 21, 2003

Acclaimed New York Death Metallers SUFFOCATION, who issued several successful albums in the early ’90s, have officially reunited after a four-year break (as previously reported here and here) and are in the process of writing and recording their long-awaited sixth release. The group’s current lineup – consisting of founding members Frank Mullen (vocals), Terrance Hobbs (guitar), Mike Smith (drums) and Josh Barohn (bass), plus longtime friend Guy Marchais (guitar, formerly of PYREXIA and INTERNAL BLEEDING) – have launched their official web site at www.suffocation.us and are rehearsing for their upcoming appearances at the 2003 New England Metal And Hardcore Festival and the Maryland Death Fest. States drummer Mike Smith: "The much-needed vacation SUFFOCATION has taken over the years individually and as a whole only refueled the intensity we’ve grown to call our own. I truly feel for any who doubt our intentions."

DESPONDENCY have just signed to Germany based label Revenge Productions. The band will enter Soundlodge Studio at the end of June again (they already recorded their previous two MCDs there) to record their first full length album, which is scheduled for a late summer 2003 release. Further information will soon be available at the Revenge Productions homepage: www.revengeproductions.de

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