New York based extreme metal legends SUFFOCATION will tour North America this fall with prog-deathsters THE FACELESS, deathcore merchants THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, tech-death meisters DECREPIT BIRTH, and Italy's brutal/symphonic/avante garde horde FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. Dubbed "The Decibel Defiance Tour 2010", the trek is being sponsored by Decibel magazine and the Extreme Management Group. Confirmed dates are as follows:

Oct. 15 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium (Rock And Shock)
Oct. 16 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
Oct. 17 - Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Theater
Oct. 18 - Montreal, QC @ Foufounes
Oct. 19 - Jonquiere, QC @ Place Nikitoutagan
Oct. 20 - Toronto, ON @ Opera House
Oct. 21 - Poughkeepsie, NY @ The Chance
Oct. 22 - Detroit, MI @ Harpos
Oct. 23 - Chicago, IL @ Clearwater Theatre
Oct. 24 - St. Paul, MN @ Station 4
Oct. 25 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
Oct. 27 - Denver, CO @ Summit Music Hall
Oct. 28 - Salt Lake City, UT @ [to be announced]
Oct. 29 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Farm
Oct. 30 - Pomona, CA @ The Glasshouse
Oct. 31 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Whisky
Nov. 01 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Clubhouse
Nov. 02 - Albuquerque, NM @ Fusion Factory
Nov. 03 - Amarillo, TX @ Club Khaos
Nov. 04 - Tulsa, OK @ Marquee Theatre
Nov. 05 - Austin, TX @ Emo's
Nov. 06 - Ft. Worth, TX @ Ridglea Theatre
Nov. 08 - Tampa, FL @ Brass Mug
Nov. 09 - Jacksonville, FL @ The Pit
Nov. 10 - Raleigh, NC @ Volume 11
Nov. 11 - Philadelphia, PA @ Polaris
Nov. 12 - Springfield, VA @ Jaxx
Nov. 13 - Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock

Commented SUFFOCATION in a statement: "SUFFOCATION is excited that Nuclear Blast, Decibel magazine and Extreme Management Group have teamed up to deliver you the most heinous tour of the fall. This is one of the most brutal lineups for us ever, including THE FACELESS, THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD, DECREPIT BIRTH, and FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE. We welcome you to come experience the devastating speed, mind-bending technicality, and relentless brutality of 'The Decibel Defiance Tour'!"

Relapse Records released SUFFOCATION's only official live record, "The Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City", on October 27, 2009 in North America and November 2, 2009 internationally. Recorded in 2005 during the band's "Souls To Deny" world tour, the CD contains the band's complete, unedited performance.

SUFFOCATION's latest album, "Blood Oath" (Nuclear Blast), sold around 3,600 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 135 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD landed at position No. 2 on the Top New Artist Albums (Heatseekers) chart, which lists the best-selling albums by new and developing artists, defined as those who have never appeared in the Top 100 of The Billboard 200.

The follow-up to 2006's self-titled record, "Blood Oath" was recorded with Joe Cincotta (who worked on the band's last two releases) and was mixed by Zack Ohren (ALL SHALL PERISH, DECREPIT BIRTH). The cover artwork was once again brought to life by Jon Zig (DEEDS OF FLESH, DISGORGE, GORGASM).