Mike Smith
What the fuck, y’all? Drummers be dropping like flies, son.

New York death metal masters Suffocation — a band I fucking love — have allegedly parted ways with drummer Mike Smith.

The rumors started following the band’s recent East Coast shows this past weekend, when former member Dave Culross was spotted behind the kit.

On Facebook, Smith wrote this the other day; not positive it’s related, but I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it is.

“There are not many things related to the Suffocation brand I can honestly say brings me sadness,” Smith writes. “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.”

What a fucking bummer.

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