S.U.P. (Spherical Unit Provided), also known as Supuration, is a progressive death/doom metal band from Valenciennes, France. They changed names a few times over the years to reflect the change of topics tackled in their albums.SUPURATION GENRES
While Supuration delivers more powerful riffage and death metal oriented material, S.U.P. displays more dark wave/cold wave oriented influences. In each case, the band succeeded in suggesting its own unique atmospheres, resulting of innovative and hypnotic riffage, and an ambitious blend of traditional cavernous Death Metal voices and Cold/Dark Wave vocals.
It is considered one of the most influential bands of French death metal, inspiring successful French acts such as Carnival in Coal, Division Alpha,Gojira ‚Ä¶
One of many particularities of this seamy band is their ritual of first writing a story in plain French, then transformating them into English lyrics from which the actual music is composed. Thus, every Supuration/S.U.P. album relates a story, inspired by the hypothetical after-death in the case of Supuration; more about Science-Fiction when the S.U.P. aspect is concerned‚Ä¶
Supuration put out its first album ‚ÄėSultry Obsession‚Äô in 1990, autoproduced and limited to 1000 copies. In 1991, they recorded 8 tracks, that would eventually end up on various EPs, and would be compiled later on the still autoproduced ‚Äô9092‚Äô, limited to 500 copies with 3 tracks recorded in 1992, and also appeared on the ‚ÄėObscurum per Obscurus‚Äô compilation.
In 1992, September, Supuration signed with Reincarnate Records, leading to the release of the first full-length album ‚ÄėThe Cube‚Äô in Feb, 1993. It was followed in Apr. 1994 by a ‚ÄúMaxi‚ÄĚ named ‚ÄėStill in the Sphere‚Äô, including an infamous doom-metal cover of ‚ÄėShout‚Äô, by Tears for Fears‚Ä¶ Meanwhile, the band was contacted for the soundtrack to the movie ‚ÄėJacques le fataliste‚Äô, without any further distribution.
Then started an European tour side to side with Suffocation, and the first broadcast of the track ‚ÄėThe Crack‚Äô, on MCM.
Fall 1994, free from its previous contracts, Supuration signs on PIAS France. In July 1995, Supuration releases its second album ‚ÄėAnomaly‚Äô, switching name to ‚ÄėSpherical Unit Provided‚Äô (S.U.P.) for the occasion. They begin touring France co-headlining with Coroner. In April 1996, the maxi ‚ÄėTransfer‚Äô was released, containing various tracks from ‚ÄėAnomaly‚Äô reprocessed into acoustic/ electro / demo versions.
In 1996, the contract with PIAS records expired, allowing to sign with Holy Records. Then began a great collaboration, eventually leading to three more albums:
‚ÄėRoom Seven‚Äô (1997), the vision of an autistic person through his dreams
‚ÄėChronophobia‚Äô(1999), the coldest album, which unveils the story of twins separated at birth through time and space. A deadly countdown which will bring them together forever. The band claims that it isn‚Äôt a pessimistic way of seeing life, but merely an original fiction via a claustrophobic musical experience.
‚ÄėAngelus‚Äô (2002), well received in both the international and national press. It questions the origin of Man and his religions.
Holy Records also released a ¬ę live ¬Ľ Album, ‚ÄėTo Live Alone‚Äô(2001), two re-releases of ‚ÄėThe Cube‚Äô(1998), and ‚ÄėAnomaly‚Äô (2000).
This successful career led to a series of concerts throughout Europe with Anathema from Dec. 1999 to Jan. 2000, then in France with Gloomy Grim and Division Alpha in April.
In May 2002, the band made a second attempt at an original soundtrack, for the short movie ‚ÄėInsanity‚Äô, by Fabrice Lambot. It was shown in various international festivals. (Buenos Aires, Belgrade, London, Toronto ‚Ä¶) and was released in Jan. 2003.
From 2002 to June 2003, they performed many concerts and festivals, becoming an emblematic figure of French Metal which still seduces and surprise album after album.
At the end of 2003, the group takes back its former identity, Supuration, to write a worthy follow-up to the extremely renowned ‚ÄėThe Cube‚Äô ‚Ä¶: ‚ÄėIncubation‚Äô.
‚ÄėIncubation‚Äô plunges both the band and their fans in nostalgia, the ideal moment to re-release ‚Äė90-92‚Äô, with a DVD as bonus in 2004, and mark the end of a cycle. Time has come for Supuration to let S.U.P. reappear: S.U.P. proposes ‚ÄėImago‚Äô, at the perfect time to see the chrysalis turn into a stunning Butterfly ‚Ä¶ A long-awaited rebirth !
In 2007, S.U.P. delivers its last release to date: a live DVD ‚ÄėTraces Part 1‚Äô, with a number of previously released tracks, and covers (notably from Division Alpha).
France (Wallers), formed in 1990
SUPURATION CURRENT RECORD LABEL
SUPURATION CURRENT LINE-UP
Thierry Berger - Drums
Fabrice Loez - Guitars
Ludovic Loez - Vocals, Guitars (ex-Putrid Offal, M.Pheral)
Frédéric Fievez - Bass (Division Alpha)
Danny Cavanagh (Anathema (UK)) - Narrations on the <i>Angelus</i> album
SUPURATION PREVIOUS LINE-UP
Laurent Bessault - Bass
Mike Brasselet - Guitar