Suffocation, an American death metal band, fused the predominant rhythmic styles of early death metal and grindcore, with complex song structures to start a new subgenre of music, considered brutal death metal by some. Suffocation is placed amongst peers such as Immolation, Incantation, and Morpheus (Descends) as being part of a genetic fragment of death metal known as "New York Death Metal", or "NYDM" for short. The band is also known for having two African American musicians (drummer Mike Smith and guitarist Terrance Hobbs) which is rare in the underground metal scene. < 1 --> The band was formed in 1990 and since then released a couple of highly-regarded releases on the once death metal label Roadrunner Records, as well as their last EP Despise The Sun on a smaller label . Of note is also their debut EP Human Waste, which was the first official release on Relapse Records in 1991.