New York death metal veterans SUFFOCATION have recruited John Gallagher (DYING FETUS) to handle lead vocals for a week’s worth of shows on their upcoming North American tour this April. Gallagher will be filling in for SUFFOCATION‘s regular vocalist, Frank Mullen, who is unable to make the dates due to personal commitments.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our amazing fans on the road,” commentedMullen. “John Gallagher from DYING FETUS will be filling in for a few shows that I can’t do and I’m sure he will do an awesome job. So please show your support for him and the band! See you soon.”

“I’m stoked to be performing on several shows with longtime friends and my brothers in metal, SUFFOCATION,” added Gallagher. “It’s going to be a blast and since I’ll JUST be singing the vocals, they are going to be super sick and guttural. So make sure to come out and party with us and witness the brutality!”

SUFFOCATION‘s “Despise The World North American 2013 Tour” withEXHUMEDJUNGLE ROTRINGS OF SATURNADIMIRON and LORD OF WAR will kick off on April 4 in Long Island, New York.

Apr. 04 – Long Island, NY – 89 North
Apr. 05 – New York, NY – St. Vitus
Apr. 06 – Philadelphia, PA – The Note (w/ John Gallagher on vocals)
Apr. 07 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews (w/ John Gallagher on vocals)
Apr. 08 – St. Paul, MN – Station 4 (w/ John Gallagher on vocals)
Apr. 09 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s (w/ John Gallagher on vocals)
Apr. 10 – Denver, CO – Marquis (w/ John Gallagher on vocals)
Apr. 11 – Boise, ID – The Venue (w/ John Gallagher on vocals)
Apr. 12 – Spokane, WA – The Hop (w/ John Gallagher on vocals)
Apr. 13 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
Apr. 14 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne
Apr. 15 – Oakland, CA – Metro Opera House
Apr. 16 – Los Angeles, CA – The Vex
Apr. 17 – Tempe, AZ – 910 Live
Apr. 19 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Apr. 20 – San Antonio, TX – Korova
Apr. 21 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chameleon Room
Apr. 22 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room
Apr. 23 – Chicago, IL – Reggie’s
Apr. 24 – Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s
Apr. 25 – Springfield, VA – Empire
Apr. 26 – Toronto, ON – WreckRoom
Apr. 27 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
Apr. 28 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre

“Pinnacle Of Bedlam”, the new album from SUFFOCATION, has entered the German Media Control chart at position No. 58. The CD was released on February 19 via Nuclear Blast Records. The artwork was handled this time around by Raymond Swanland and can be found below.

As previousy reported, “Pinnacle Of Bedlam”sold 3,200 copies in the United States during its first week of release to land at position No. 152 on The Billboard 200 chart. The effort landed at position No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

SUFFOCATION‘s previous CD, “Blood Oath”, opened with around 3,600 units in July 2009 to enter The Billboard 200 chart at No. 135.

“Pinnacle Of Bedlam” was produced by the band at Full Force Studiosin New York with longtime collaborator Joe Cincotta. The mixing and mastering of the effort was handled by Chris “Zeuss” Harris(HATEBREEDARSISSUICIDE SILENCE).

“Pinnacle Of Bedlam” features 10 genre-defining-bone-crushing tracks and also marks the return of drummer Dave Culross, who previously played on the “Despise The Sun” EP. Founding member and former drummer Mike Smith also makes a special guest appearance on the re-recorded “Breeding The Spawn” track “Beginning Of Sorrow”.