SUFFOCATION Part Ways With Drummer Mike Smith
It looks like crushing drummer Mike Smith has departed from Suffocation. While there has been no official statement yet from the band's label, or publicist, but it seems all but confirmed. The band has been seen playing shows Dave Culross, who has sat in with the band before (and recording on their Despise the Sun EP). Smith posted a message on his personal Facebook which, while cryptic, seems like an exit message:
There are not many things related to the Suffocation brand I can honestly say brings me sadness. Except, the lack of pride that exists within those who have the “right” to claim the name as their own.
This battle has been one that to any focused being, should make obvious sense but has evaded some for 2 decades. Within any foundation the weakest link will always cause all structure to crumble.
The one fact that keeps me at peace is the fact that anyone who has ever seen or spoken to me regarding Suffocation and the industry as a whole, has always left with an understanding of the level of focus and pride that I personally hold for myself, the brand that is Suffocation and the genre We influence and helped create.
As I’ve always said, if you are willing to put your time and soul towards anything, be willing to speak truths, fight and bleed for it if need be.
Suffocation is currently working on a new album and are hopefully for a Fall release through Nuclear Blast Records.
[via Heavy Blog Is Heavy]