It is being rumored that death metal outfit Suffocation have replaced longtime drummer Mike Smith with one of their former drummers, Dave Culross. Culross played on the bands 1998 EP Despise the Sun, while Smith is credited by some as being the inventor of the blast beat and has almost always been a part of Suffocation, so this is a bit of a puzzling choice.
Smith has made some statements regarding the departure on his Facebook page you can read here.
Mike Smith had this to say on his Facebook page:
“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 two 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.”