Blood Oath (album)

Blood Oath is the sixth studio album by American death metal band Suffocation. The band began recording in-studio on January 31 with Joe Cincotta (who worked on the band's last two releases). The follow-up to 2006's self-titled record Suffocation was mixed by Zack Ohren and the cover artwork was once again designed by Jon Zig. It is the band's last album to feature drummer Mike Smith in full. The track "Marital Decimation" is a re-recording of a track of the same name from the Breeding the Spawn album.

Blood Oath
Suffocation - Blood Oath album cover.jpg
Cover art by Jon Zig
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 3, 2009 (2009-07-03)
RecordedJanuary 31, 2009
GenreTechnical death metal
LabelNuclear Blast
ProducerSuffocation and Joe Cincotta
Suffocation chronology
The Best of Suffocation
Blood Oath
Pinnacle of Bedlam
Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork Media(7.7/10)[3]
Time Out New York[4]

The album sold 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position 135 on the Billboard 200, Suffocation's first entry in the Billboard charts.[5]

Track listingEdit

1."Blood Oath"3:56
2."Dismal Dream"3:18
3."Pray for Forgiveness"3:41
4."Images of Purgatory"3:28
5."Cataclysmic Purification"4:55
6."Mental Hemorrhage"3:56
7."Come Hell or High Priest"4:08
9."Provoking the Disturbed"5:20
10."Marital Decimation"4:17
Total length:41:10
North America Deluxe Reissue
11."Pray for Forgiveness" (Instrumental version) 
12."Dismal Dream" (Rough mix unmastered) 
iTunes Deluxe
11."Undeserving" (Rough mix unmastered) 
12."Marital Decimation" (Instrumental version) 
Limited Edition Blood Red Mail Order Deluxe Reissue
11."Blood Oath" (Instrumental version) 
12."Cataclysmic Purification" (Rough mix unmastered) 

Release historyEdit

Region Date
Europe July 3, 2009
U.S. July 14, 2009
Canada July 24, 2009



  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ a b c Scott Alisoglu, Blood Oath Archived July 15, 2009, at the Wayback Machine, Blabbermouth
  3. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  4. ^ Time Out New York review
  5. ^ Suffocation's 'Blood Oath' Lands On BILLBOARD Chart - July 22, 2009 Archived July 25, 2009, at the Wayback Machine,
  6. ^ "MASSIVE Mastering -- CLIENTS - CREDITS". Archived from the original on 2014-04-21. Retrieved 2014-04-20.