New York-based extreme metal pioneers SUFFOCATION entered the studio on January 31 with Joe Cincotta (who worked on the band's last two releases) to begin recording its new album, "Blood Oath". The follow-up to 2006's self-titled record will be mixed by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH) and cover artwork will once again be brought to life by Jon Zig (DEEDS OF FLESH, DISGORGE, GORGASM). Songtitles set to appear on the CD include "Dismal Dream", "Undeserving", "Confines of Disillusion", "Blood Oath", "Come Hell Or High Priest" and "Provoking the Disturbed".Commented the band: "We've just completed another shift at Full Force Studios (6pm - 2am, typical shift). As for a progress report — we've completed all the drum tracking and rhythm and bass guitars as of this past Sunday. What we'll have left to do starting today is record guitar solos and getting Frank (Mullen) in there to lay down the vocals. We're looking to wrap it up next week and start rehearsing a set for the upcoming Blood Apocalypse tour soon after that. All in all, we can honestly say this record is SLAMMIN' HEAVY and we got some nice little twists for ya' too. We look forward to crushing some stages for you all real fucking soon! Also, videographer Jon Bickford has been in the studio with us shooting the final segments ('Blood Oath' studio sessions and interviews) to be included in the forthcoming SUFFOCATION DVD!" "Blood Oath" is tentatively scheduled for an early summer release in Europe and North America via Nuclear Blast Records. SUFFOCATION recently announced dates for its upcoming headlining run dubbed the Blood Apocalyspse tour. Support will come from of the best names in extreme metal today, including WHITECHAPEL, BENEATH THE MASSACRE, DECREPIT BIRTH, VEIL OF MAYA and PSYCROPTIC.