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Suffocated, 窒息, formed in August 1996 and starting into action in 1997, this quartet (in 1998) from Beijing is one of the few bands still playing death metal from the elder Chinese death metal generation. Nowadays, they are a popular live act performing fucking cool grooving mid-tempo death/thrash with excellent guitar solos.

General information about Suffocated

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Suffocated in 2003, photo taken by Yoshito Katori

English Name Suffocated
Chinese Name 窒息 / zhìxī
Genre Metal, Thrash Metal, Death Metal
Origin / Present city Beijing / Beijing
Founded in 1996
This is an artist which could be a band, musical project, solo musician or any other kind of music collective. For a more precise definition, see Category:Artists.

Band members

Lead Vocals & Bass - Liu Zheng
Lead Guitar - Kou Zhengyu
Rhythm Guitar - Wu Peng (ex-Regicide)
Drums - Wu Gang (ex-Regicide)

Former band members

Drums - Guo Dapeng
Rhythm Guitar - Wang Ning (ex-Cause of Death)
Rhythm Guitar - Wang Xiao Yi (ex-Raging Mob)
Rhythm Guitar - Yin Di (now Surprise, The Linga)


Biography

1996-1998

Formed in August 1996.

In 1997 the lineup consisted of five members.

In 1998, the lineup was Liu Zheng on vocals and bass, Kou Zhengyu on lead guitars, Yin Di on rhythm guitars and Guo Dapeng on drums. In the same year, they changed their style from punk music to death metal.


1999-2001

May 2nd and 3rd, they performed in Xinxiang in Henan province during the 1999吶喊中国 event. October 15th, they performed at the 醒時空音楽之旅登陸演唱会, after which Yin Di leaves the band. Members at that time were Liu Zheng on vocals and bass, Kou Zhengyu on lead guitars, Wand Ning on rhythm guitars and Guo Dapeng on drums.

In 2000, Suffocated had one of their songs released in the second issue of the So Rock! Magazine. December 20th, they performed at the 朋友倶楽部 bar. December 21st, they performed at the 朋友倶楽部 bar.

On Septermber 16th 2001, they performed in the Get Lucky Bar for the release of the compilation record Resurrection of the Gods (VA), for which Suffocated contributed the song Breakdown.

2002

Suffocated was interviewed by the Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine for its 3rd issue, published January 20th 2002. May 18th, they joined the release party of Hades debut record in the Get Lucky Bar. June 23rd, they performed at Tianjin's 迷城倶楽部 bar. July 27th, they performed at the Get Lucky Bar for celebration of the fifth issue of the Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine. September 8th, they performed in the 重慶珊瑚 park of Chongqing. September 21st, they performed at the Get Lucky Bar for the second anniversary of the Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine. In that year, Suffocated, Ritual Day and Bloodbath became known as the 金属老三様(メタル御三家) in mainland China and stay famous for a long time.

2003

Suffocated in 2003, photo: Midi

Lineup of 2003 consisted of Liu Zheng on vocals & bass, Kou Zhengyu on lead guitars, Wang Ning on rhythm guitars and Guo Dapeng on Drums. January 24th, they rocked the Get Lucky Bar. March 15th, they performed in the Get Lucky Bar for the release of Ritual Day's Sky Lake (Ritual Day) and of the compilation record Resurrection of the Gods II (VA). March 30th, they performed in the 北京重金属勢力音楽節 event in the Get Lucky Bar. July 19th, they performed live at the 汽車電影院. July 22nd, they performed at the Get Lucky Bar. August 22nd, they performed in the Chaoyang park in Beijing during the 非主流音楽節 event. The same day they also performed in the Get Lucky Bar. August 23rd, they also in the Get Lucky Bar. September 13th, they performed in Tianjin's 金夜 bar. September 28th, they performed in the Get Lucky Bar. October 1st they performed in the Midi Music Festival 2003. October 26th, they performed in the 大興区拿鉄鎮社区芸術公園 during the 華潤置地首届拿鉄音楽節 event. October 31st they performed during the Halloween Party of the Nameless Highland. November 1st they performed during the Metal Halloween Party of the Get Lucky Bar.

2004

January 17th, they performed in the Get Lucky Bar. February 20th, they rocked the Nameless Highland. March 13th, they performed in the Old Get Lucky during the 金属饕[殄/食]之夜 night. March 26th, they performed in the Nameless Highland. March 28th, they performed in the Old Get Lucky Bar during the 参月参拾京津唐重型音楽節 event. April 24th, they performed during the 金属饕[殄/食]之夜 event no. 2. May 2n,d they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar. June 13th, they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar. July 3rd, they rocked the CD Cafe. July 17th, they performed in the Nameless Highland. August 14th, they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar during the 北岸唱片成立記念 event. October 1st, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2004. October 10th, they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar. November 19th, they performed in the New Yunmeng Bar. November 27th, they performed in the 酷玩 bar. December 3rd, they rocked the New Get Lucky Bar during the Zippo Hot Tour--火熱之旅2004 燃点揺滾新勢力 band contest. At that time the lineup consisted of: Liu Zheng (Vo&B), Wang Ning (Guitars), Kou Zhengyu on lead guitars and Wu Gang on drums. December 13th, they record a song for the compilation Unforgotten Past (VA). December 18th, they perform in the Nameless Highland. December 31st, they rock in the 13 Club.

2005

January 9th, they rocked the New Get Lucky Bar. January 28th, they performed in the Nameless Highland for the release of compilation record Unforgotten Past (VA). February 25th, they rocked the 13 Club. March 26th, they performed in the Nameless Highland. April 2nd, they rocked the 阿里.李搏撃 bar in Tianjin. April 29th, they performed in the Nameless Highland. July 2nd, they performed in the Metallica楽隊致敬 event in the 13 Club. At that time Wu Peng joins on guitars, so that the lineup is: Liu Zheng on Vocals and Bass, Kou Zhengyu on lead guitars, Wu Peng on rhythm guitars and Wu Gang on Drums. September 3rd, they performed in the Nameless Highland. September 23rd, they performed in the Nameless Highland during the 5 years anniversary party of the Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine. October 2nd, they performed in the Nameless Highland. October 4th, they performed during the Midi Music Festival 2005. October 21st, they performed in the Nameless Highland. October 30th, they rocked the 麗迪亜 bar in Tianjin. November 27th, they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar. December 8th, they performed in the 13 Club during the GoodBye Dime concert. December 17th, they rocked the Nameless Highland. December 31st they performed in the New Get Lucky Bar.

2006

Suffocated in 2006, photo from their first record

On February 25th, they performed at the Nameless Highland. On March 4th, they rocked the 13 Club. On March 25th, they performed at the New Get Lucky Bar. On March 31st, they performed at the Nameless Highland. On April 7th, they performed in Xi'an's 金馬旱冰娯楽城. April 9th, they rocked in Tianshui's 同一首歌娯楽城. On May 2nd, they performed on the Guitar China Stage of the Midi Music Festival 2006 in the Haidian Park, Beijing. Later the same day, they performed as support act to Hongkong's Hyponic in the New Get Lucky Bar. August 13th, they performed in the Starlive. August 26th, they performed in Dalian's 黄河京都大酒店3階. September 9th, they performed in Chengdu's 2006 西部力量戸外揺滾音楽節 event. September 15th, they performed in the Starlive. October 2nd, they rocked the 13 Club during the 首届HZ 13金属音楽節 event. October 6th, they performed during the Beijing beer and rock festival 2006. On October 20th, they performed at the Nameless Highland. On October 27th, they performed in Tianjin's U-Club 上遊開場 during the 群英会・2006天津原創音楽季 event. October 31st, they performed at the Get Lucky Bar during the 06鬼節十年大型揺滾狂歓夜 event. November 10th, they rocked the Starlive. In December their first official record Dead Wing Rising is released. December 6th, they performed in the 根拠地酒 bar in 深[土川]. December 7th, they rocked Guangzhou's Bunker bar. December 31st they performed at the Get Lucky Bar.

2007

January 13th, they held a CD release party at the Get Lucky Bar for their first record. February 2nd, they performed as support act to Overload during the 超載這個時代!超載我們的生活! that was hold for Overload's new record. March 10th, they performed in Shanghai's Yu Yin Tang. March 16th, they performed in the Central Academy of Fine Arts at Zhongguancun. On March 17th, 2007, they performed at the Dunklenacht Concert 05 at the Nameless Highland. March 24th, they rocked in the Central Academy of Fine Arts at Zhongguancun. March 30th, they performed in the Get Lucky Bar. In April their song 崩潰 was included in the So Rock! Magazine (no. 62), and an interview with Suffocated is included in Painkiller Magazine no. 24. On April 7th, they started their nationwise tour in Xi'an's 月亮鑰匙酒 bar. April 9th, they rocked Lanzhou's 時間音楽 bar, April 13th, they performed in Chengdu's Little Bar. April 14th, they performed in Chongqing's 小紅帽倶楽部 bar. April 16th, they rocked Guiyang's 南方公園酒 bar. April 20th, they performed in Changsha's 動感 bar. April 21st, they performed in Wuhan's VOX bar. April 27th, they performed in the MAO Live House and April 28th in Jinan's PARK倶楽部. May 1st, as one of the few Chinese metal bands they performed on the Mainstage of the Midi Music Festival 2007 in the Haidian Park. May 2nd, they performed during the Apres Midi in the Starlive. June 23rd, they performed in Ningbo's 1982 bar. June 30th, they rocked the Get Lucky Bar. After the new album (mastered in Germany) and a small China tour and of course after long years of struggling in the Chinese underground they by now became one of the leading Chinese thrashers. Reason enough for the organizers of the Beijing TESTAMENT show on 29th July 2007 to invite Suffocated to warm up the audience and also to perform during the TRIBUTE TO TESTAMENT concert on July 27th in the Starlive (in which the main TESTAMENT gig took place as well). August 10h, they performed in Jinan during the 2007第三届中国(国際)吉它文化節 festival. August 25th, they rocked the BIGLOVE庫匯海洋音楽節 festival in Hebei (河北省北戴河). September 2nd, Suffocated started their tour through Northeast China in the 東方馬賽酒 bar in Qiqihar, Heilongjiang, going on to the 金樽酒 bar in Changchun on September 4th. September 6th, they rocked the 跳房子酒 bar in Dalian. September 8th, they performed in the 午夜陽光倶楽部 at Shenyang, finishing their tour. On September 14th, they are performing in the Starlive during the 7 year anniversary of the Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine. Also in September they are featured in the movie Air Diary. October 1st, they performed in the 13 Club during the Metal Music Festival No.2. October 2nd, they performed during the Modern Sky Festival 2007 in the Haidian park. October 4th, they performed in the Mao Live House. October 20th, they performed in the 後街 bar in Suzhou. The same day they also seem to have performed in Shanghai's 4 Live. October 23rd, they performed in Ningbo's 1982 bar. October 26th, they performed in Hefei's 二楼後座現場. October 28th, they performed at Nanchang's 黒鉄 bar. October 30th, they rocked Changsha's 肆陸 bar. October 31st, they performed in Wuhan's VOX bar. November 16th, they performed at the 13 Club. November 27th until December 16th, they performed during a theatre performance at the Capital Theater together with Miserable Faith. December 31st, they performed during the 魔菇2008現代音楽節 at the Haidian Exhibition Hall.

2008

January 1st, they performed as support act to Reflector's at their first record 成长瞬间 release party in the Haidian Exhibition Hall together with Miserable Faith. From April 5th to 19th, they performed during a theatre performance at the Capital Theatre. May 3rd, they rocked during the 第三届現場音楽節 event at Shanghai's Live Bar. May 23rd, they performed during the charity concert at the Get Lucky Bar for the victims of the SiChuan earthquake. May 29th, they performed in Nanjing's 古堡 bar. May 30th, they performed at Hefei's 面孔 bar. June 1st, they performed at Nanchang's 黒鉄 bar. June 2nd, they performed at Changsha's 肆陸 bar. June 4th, they rocked Guangzhou's 191SPACE. June 5th, they performed at Shenzhen's 根拠地 bar. June 7th, they rocked at Nanning's 糖果 bar. June 9th, they performed at Yunnan's 57号 bar. June 11th, they performed in Kunming's 老窩 bar. June 13th, they rocked in Lijiang's 39度8酒 bar. June 21st, they performed in the Mao Live House. September 20th, they performed in Tianjin's 13 Club. October 1st, they performed in the Modern Sky Festival 2008. November 7th, they rocked the Get Lucky Bar.

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2009

On March 13th, 2009, they performed in Shijiazhuang's 牛仔80倶楽部. On March 14th, they rocked Zhengzhou's 7 LIVE HOUSE. On March 28th, they performed in the Get Lucky Bar. On May 30th, they performed in Dalian's 戸外広場. On May 31st, they rocked the 13 Club in Tianjin. On June 5th, they rocked the 13 Club in Beijing during the 金属戦火 - 全球金属楽隊争覇賽中国賽区 event. On June 27th, they performed at the 13 Club. On August 29th, they performed at the 奥体中心北門足球場 during the 夏日領航2009大型音楽季 event. October 1st, they performed at Xiamen's 五縁湾 during the 2009海峡 rock music festival.

2010

Suffocated's World of Confusion Tour 2010 Poster

On January 23rd and 24th, 2010, they performed at Shenyang's 地一大道鑚石大庁. On March 30th, they held a release party for their second full-length release World of Confusion. On April 10th, they performed at Changchun's 蘭桂坊経典 bar. On May 3rd, they performed at the Midi Music Festival 2010. On July 15th, they performed at the Qingyuan Niu Yu Zui Festival 2010.

2011

Suffocated performing at Midi 2011; Photo (c) Beijing Daze
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On May 1st, they performed at the Beijing Midi Music Festival 2011. According to Beijing Daze:

Suffocated delivered the most inspiring and intense performance of the night in my book. Believe it or not, it was my first time seeing them in a festival and boy were they good. They had the crowd moshing amidst clouds of dust and wind like you wouldn’t believe and delivered a good 40mn of intense performance that didn’t weaken at all. Liu Zheng, lead man and bass player, delivered some really intense speeches that had the crowd roaring in approval: “People that come to MIDI dance, people that go to strawberry pose” (which i agree with). He also described the spirit of the day in a nutshell by explaining that their “songs were not on the radio, TV or mainstream but their music came from the heart and brought people of similar root together“. If you can’t tell, I loved their set.[1]

2012

On June 16th, 2012, Suffocated was featured on CCTV 5 with one of their songs during the broadcasting of European Championship 2012.

Participated Festivals

Articles in magazines

Discography

Albums

Compilations

  • VA - Unforgotten Past (Tribute to Chuck Schuldiner) - 2004

Appearances in magazine compilations

Further information

Official pages

Photos & Videos

Other pages

Articles & Interviews

Videos

References

  1. Beijing Daze (2011-05-04). "MIDI 2011 day 1: Tales of Storms, Dust, Suffocated, SUBS and Rock". Retrieved on 2011-05-04.