Suffocation recorded the albums Human Waste, Effigy of the Forgotten, Breeding the Spawn, Pierced from Within, and Despise the Sun before breaking up in 1998. Suffocation reunited in 2002, featuring the return of original drummer Mike Smith, though minus long-time members Doug Cerrito and Chris Richards. The band released Souls to Deny in 2004 and launched an extensive global touring campaign to promote the album. After over 200 shows, the band recorded and self-released their first live CD Close Of A Chapter: Live In Quebec City. A self-titled album was released in 2006 through Relapse Records, which again saw the launch of an extensive worldwide touring jaunt. In 2007, Suffocation was featured in an advertisement for the History Channel's program The Dark Ages. They are currently compiling material for a live DVD, although the release has been delayed due to footage that was planned for the DVD being stolen, and also because they were waiting for their contract with Relapse Records to run out.
On June 4, 2007, Suffocation and their label, Relapse Records officially parted ways. They will embark on a European tour in 2008. Their next studio album Blood Oath is nearly complete, however it does not yet have a release date but it will be released through Nuclear Blast records.