Confirmed by Mike and Terrance Hobbs on the ol’ Facebook, drummer Mike Smith has left Suffocation just before recording their upcoming seventh studio album. Don’t fret though! Dave Culross has already been confirmed as a replacement and will be performing on the new album! For those unfamiliar with Dave Culross, he was in Suffocation before and was the one that recorded the oh-so-wiqqed Despise the Sun EP, so he knows how to work with these guys. If you needed any more credentials, check out every band he’s been in:  Pyrexia, Disgorged, HatePlow, Malebolgia, Malecoda, and Malevolent Creation.

In response to his departure, Smith left this statement for us on his personal Facebook:

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.

While he will be missed as the legendary king of blasts in this band, we’ll still get to hear his great work with Iniquitos and Synesis Absorption. As a little extra tidbit, Terrance let it loose that the new album should be out this fall, probably through Nuclear Blast.

- MW