Suffocation is an American death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Long Island, New York.  Suffocation rose to prominence of death metal and created a blueprint for the genre for the 1990s with their 1991 debut album "Effigy of the Forgotten".  The band's raw death metal style uses guttural vocals with a downtuned guitar sound, fast complex guitar riffs and drumming, and a sophisticated sense of songwriting.