Frank Mullen, vocalist and co-founder of death metal act SUFFOCATION, announced his retirement from full-time touring in 2012, but has appeared on the group’s two subsequent albums and has still performed with them occasionally. That arrangement looks to be coming to an end, however, as Mullen will be exiting Suffocation for good later this year after one final tour.
Mullen said: “I will be doing one last tour later this year. I will let you all know once the details are finalized.”
In a video posted to Mullen’s official Facebook page over the past weekend (see HERE), Mullen acknowledged his departure, adding “but there are new beginnings,” before going on to say that he is going to be a “full-time actor.”
A good four years separate rager Pinnacle of Bedlam from new killer Of the Dark Light. But it wasn’t always like this. Back in the ‘90s, Suffocation maniacs waited, at most, two years between old and new fixes of New York-styled brutality. Landmark full-length Effigy of the Forgotten was only two years removed from debut EP, Human Waste. Likewise, Breeding the Spawn slayed posers and pretenders a year and a half after Effigy of the Forgotten blueprinted Suffocation into the history books. And Pierced from Within, the wickedest death metal put to tape in the mid-‘90s, slammed fist first into mediocrity and mundanity two years after Breeding the Spawn. Clearly, there were times when Suffocation’s march towards total annihilation was fast and furious.
“There’s a reason we don’t put out records every two years now,” asserts long-time Suffocation guitarist and primary songwriter Terrance Hobbs. “For one, we don’t need to. Two, we tour more now than we did in the early days. And three, we’re no longer in our twenties. We all have lives and families now. Plus, I enjoy writing things and letting them organically mature. For example, I started writing songs for Of the Dark Light right after Pinnacle of Bedlam.” – Chris Dick