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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal • France


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SUPURATION are a progressive death metal band from Wallers, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, formed in 1989 as ETSICROXE, changing their name in 1990. They are a peculiar case in which they have a double identity: SUPURATION represents their more progressive extreme metal aspect, while S.U.P. (Spherical Unit Provided) is their more dark-wave/doom aspect. Even if the two identities share the same musicians, this entry only deals with releases under the SUPURATION moniker.

The core of the band evolved over the trio of Thierry BERGER (Drums), Fabrice LOEZ (Guitars) and Ludovic LOEZ (Guitars, Vocals). Showing remarkable line-up stability, the only position that has seen some change since their first official release (''Sultry Obsession'', EP, 1990) is that of the bass player, with Laurent BESSAULT (1991-1997), handing over to Mike BRASSELET (1997) and finally to Frederic FIEVEZ (1997-now). They released numerous singles and EPs, and three full albums with a time gap of 10 years in between (''The Cube'' in 1993, ''Incubation'' in 2003 and ''CU3E'' in 2013). Among their high points is a co-headlining tour of France in 1995 with CORONER and a tour with ANATHEMA in 1999/2000.

SUPURATION possess a rather unique progressive death metal sound, somehow resembling to acts such as ALCHEMIST and CORONER, clearly evolving their sound from their extreme metal beginnings.

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Reveries..Reveries..
LISTENABLE RECORDS 2017
Audio CD$10.79
$23.02 (used)
Cube 3Cube 3
LISTENABLE RECORDS 2017
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The Cube / Promo 91The Cube / Promo 91
The Crypt
Vinyl$44.99
Incubation by Holy Records (2008-01-01)Incubation by Holy Records (2008-01-01)
Holy Records (2008-01-01)
Audio CD$226.88
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Holy Records France 2006
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IncubationIncubation
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Holy Records 2008
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4.05 | 3 ratings
The Cube
1993
3.88 | 5 ratings
Incubation
2003
3.96 | 4 ratings
CU3E
2013
3.10 | 2 ratings
Reveries...
2015

SUPURATION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

SUPURATION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

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The Holy Party
2005
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Live @ Essen (DE) 1994 (official bootleg #08)
2006
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Live @ Rockline (Lille - F) 1992 (official bootleg #07)
2006
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Live Etaples / Macon / La locomotive 1994 (official bootleg #09)
2006

SUPURATION Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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9092
1995
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Supuration Ultimate Session 1992-1993 (official bootleg #14)
2007
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Back from the Crematory
2011

SUPURATION Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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Official Rehearsal
1990
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Sultry Obsession
1990
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Promo Tape '91
1991
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Empheral Paradise
1991
4.00 | 1 ratings
The Creeping Unknown
1991
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In Remembrance of a Coma
1991
4.00 | 1 ratings
Isolated
1991
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Fleshcrawl / Supuration / R.U. Dead?
1993
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Still in the Sphere
1994
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Jacques le Fataliste
1994
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Live at Radio Campus
1994
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Live 95
1995
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Demos Room Seven 1997 / Radio Campus 1994 (Official bootleg #03)
2003

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 Reveries... by SUPURATION album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.10 | 2 ratings

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Reveries...
Supuration Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Reveries..." is the 4th full-length studio album by French progressive death metal act Supuration. The album was released through Listenable Records in May 2015. "Reveries..." breaks a pretty interesting release cycle that Supuration has maintained on their first three albums, which all had 10 years between them. But since the band's third full-length release "CU3E" was released in 2013, the cycle is now broken.

"Reveries..." is however not an album featuring freshly written material, but instead a release featuring eight re-recorded tracks which in their original form appeared on the 1990 "Official Rehearsal" demo, the 1990 "Sultry Obsession" EP, and the 1991 "Empheral Paradise" single. In addition to the "old" tracks, Supuration has also recorded three covers by Paradise Lost, Twisted Sister, and Anthrax for the 48:10 minutes long album.

The original material is old school death metal with a semi-progressive twist. Relatively intelligible growling vocals placed high in the mix, good rhythmic variation, and overall a fair amount of brutality. A couple of thrashy sections are also featured in the music. Regarding those sections the sound production is a slight problem though, as the palm-muted rhythm guitars sound very thin and muffled. It's too bad because other than on those sections the sound production is relatively well sounding. The semi- progressive tag is mostly a result of the sometimes unconventional song structures, and a few dissonant sounding riffs. Both features Supuration would develop upon on their subsequent releases. This is predominantly old school death metal though.

The three cover tracks are all of a decent quality. "Shattered" by Paradise Lost is delivered very true to the original, which is alright but nothing too exciting. "Among the Living" by Anthrax, is well performed but it's a track that sounds slightly odd with growling vocals. Supuration has picked a perfect Twisted Sister track to cover though, as "The Beast" is delivered with commanding brutality. Maybe it's the relatively slow pace and anthemic nature of the track, which suits Supuration so well, but to my ears it's THE highlight of the album. It's of an equally high quality as when Benediction covered "Forged in Fire" by Anvil.

While the overall quality of the material is relatively high, there are still moments where I'm thinking the original material could have been a bit more memorable. Taking into consideration when these tracks were originally written, they are actually pretty mature, but compared to Supuration's later output, the original material on "Reveries..." doesn't quite hold up. Still a 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating isn't all wrong.

 Incubation by SUPURATION album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.88 | 5 ratings

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Incubation
Supuration Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Incubation" is the 2nd full-length studio album by French progressive doom/death metal act Supuration. The album was released through Holy Records in November 2003. Itīs been 10 years since the release of the bandīs debut full-length studio album "The Cube (1993)", but the band has in the intermediate years busied themselves with (among other things) their other project S.U.P.

The debut album was a really interesting mix of progressive Voivod dissonance and (early) Paradise Lost doom/death metal and that musical style is continued on "Incubation". The dark sci-fi atmosphere is intact too. Thereīs the occasional goth influenced clean vocal part featured in the music too (and other clean vocal styles) in addition to the predominantly growling vocals, but that was also the case on the debut. In fact itīs pretty amazing how consistent the band are after 10 years. Both when it comes to the musical style and when it comes to the quality of the music. The compositions are adventurous and intriguing, but not as such technical. The band emphasize atmosphere over technical playing, which also results in their music being progressively structured because thatīs what the material calls for, rather than being progressive for the sake of it. The lyrics are a concept sci-fi story and all tracks have months in their subtitles to signal a time span of the events taking place in the story.

The sound production is sligthly sharper and more detailed than the case was on "The Cube (1993)" album, but also less dark and gritty, which I personally found rather charming about the debut. Overall "Incubation" is a great sophomore album by Supuration though, and fans of "The Cube (1993)" should not hesitate before purchasing this one. To the more casual listener Iīd say that Supurationīs sound is so twisted and different from the norm, that itīs probably very much an aquired taste and therefore a listen before purchase is adviced. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 The Cube by SUPURATION album cover Studio Album, 1993
4.05 | 3 ratings

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The Cube
Supuration Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "The Cube" is the debut full-length studio album by French death/doom metal act Supuration. The album was originally released in 1993 through Reincarnate/Danceteria. Holy Records re-released "The Cube" in 1998 with three bonus tracks. This time under the S.U.P. monicker (the bandīs side-project). So itīs safe to say "The Cube" has quite the unusual release history.

The music on the album is very unconventional sounding progressive death/doom metal with a mystical sci-fi theme. Iīm not sure I would call it avant garde, but it sure is different from most other death metal releases Iīm familiar with. There are brutal growls alright and some heavy riffing too, but other than that youīre in for quite a ride with this one. Supuration generally focus on atmosphere over brutality and most guitar riffs on the album are not brutal, downtuned and raw. Instead I hear quite a few influences from psychadelic rock (early Pink Floyd) and progressive rock/metal in the way the guitars are played and also in the varied rhythm arrangements. The song structures are adventurous and provide the music with a surprise element. In addition to the growling vocals there are some futuristic sounding clean vocals on the album too. The clean vocals remind me slightly of early nineties Voivod. Actually quite a few elements on the album remind me of Voivod. Itīs not completely wrong to say that "Nothingface (1989)"-era Voivod and "Gothic (1991)"-era Paradise Lost are valid references.

The sound production is delightfully raw but not in a lo-fi way, so youīre fully able to hear everything that is played, which is great because these guys are skilled musicians. Itīs in the songwriting department that they really excel though. "The Cube" is a very original sounding album and Supuration combine all their influences seamlessly into a sound of their own. Things never sound forced or out of place and the band are just so full of adventurous ideas that this is an album that is entertaining and twists conventions throughout. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 CU3E by SUPURATION album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.96 | 4 ratings

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CU3E
Supuration Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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4 stars "Cu3e" is the 3rd full-length studio album by French progressive doom/death metal act Supuration. The album was released through Listenable Records in February 2013. It's been 10 years since the release of the band's 2nd full-length studio album "Incubation (2003)", which itself was curiously enough released 10 years after the release of the band's debut full-length studio album "The Cube (1993)". It appears that Supuration have settled for a 10 year release cycle, but of course many of the intermediate years have been spend on (among other things) their other progressive extreme metal project S.U.P., so it's not like they haven't been active.

Considering the fact that there are 10 years between the band's album releases it's actually amazing how consistent in style and quality all three albums are, because "Cu3e" pretty much continues where "Incubation (2003)" left off. The band have tweaked their sound enough for "Cu3e" to stand out as an individual sounding release though but the band's take on progressive death metal is intact. It's still a rather alien sounding type of metal featuring both death, doom, goth and progressive metal elements. The riffs are often dissonant and Voivod is as always a valid reference, but the Paradise Lost (early) influence is still there too. The material aren't overtly complex, but neither is it instantly accessible. "Cu3e" does require more than one spin to sink in.

Supuration are seasoned musicians and everything is delivered with conviction and passion. The vocals are both growling and clean, but mostly growling. The sound production is powerful and suits the music well. I guess the tracks could have been slightly more catchy, which would have meant that they would have stood out more from each other, but that's about the only issue I have with "Cu3e". Otherwise it's a great album with a great atmosphere and if they maintain this quality level, I guess I can live with waiting another 10 years for the band's next album to be released. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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