Legendary New York death metallers SUFFOCATION have issued the following update:

“2009 is shaping up to be SUFFOCATION’s most exciting and successful year to date! Not only are they celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first release, ‘Reincremation’, but we all are excited to announce that in the spring of 2009, SUFFOCATION is expected to release the much-anticipated DVD, which has been 20 years in the making. In addition, SUFFOCATION’s ‘Blood Apocalypse’ tour begins March 14. They are looking forward to hitting the road with such brutal supporting acts as WHITECHAPEL, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA and PSYCROPTIC.

“After months of writing and working in the studio, their newest CD, ‘Blood Oath’, is being recorded and expected to have a release date of May/June 2009 [via Nuclear Blast Records]. SUFFOCATION is psyched to be co-headlining the Summer Slaughter fest in both the U.S. and Europe. Afterwards, they are off to Japan, Australia and all of the other overseas countries they have not hit in a while. A list of extensive tour dates will be announced.

“Keep an eye out for SUFFOCATION’s upcoming video game which will include unreleased tracks from SUFFOCATION along with a comic book and many other amazing surprises. In between writing and touring, SUFFOCATION has also been busy designing new merchandise for their upcoming tours.”

SUFFOCATION entered the studio on January 31 with Joe Cincotta (who worked on the band’s last two releases) to begin recording its new album, “Blood Oath”. The follow-up to 2006’s self-titled record will be mixed by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH) and cover artwork will once again be brought to life by Jon Zig (DEEDS OF FLESH, DISGORGE, GORGASM). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include “Dismal Dream”, “Undeserving”, “Confines of Disillusion”, “Blood Oath”, “Come Hell Or High Priest” and “Provoking the Disturbed”.

SUFFOCATION recently completed a North American tour as direct support to reactivated British extreme metal pioneers CARCASS. The package also included 1349, ABORTED and ROTTEN SOUND.

Source: www.blabbermouth.net