Aging Suffocation vocalist Frank Muller has officially announced his retirement from music as the extreme metal retirement wave continues. Spanning an almost 3 decade career exclusively with the same band, Frank had one of the deepest gutteral vocal tones of the early 90s and enjoyed an unusual amount of success in his later years when Suffocation’s technical death metal style became interchangeable with the deathcore fad of last decade. Frank now plans on attempting an acting career but will probably end up giving up on it soon and opening up a pizza restaurant in Staten Island instead.
2018 is becoming the year where we begin to say goodbye to some of the bigger names of metal’s greatest years, and the pace of this will hopefully quicken. It’s good to see a death metal staple like Frank set a precedent in stepping aside at just the right time and ideally more from the 80’s/90’s will follow instead of selfishly trying to pimp their sound out out for as many shekels as possible. The time is long overdue for the old to fade so that a new generation of metal musicians can step out of the shadows of their forefathers and we’re finally seeing glimpses of this. Death comes for all things and will consume even the careers of those who worshiped it.
Judging from the inside of Frank Mullen’s house, it looks like he’ll enjoy retirement nicely and hopefully won’t have to share a nursing home with the members of Immolation anytime soon. Relive Frank’s greatest work below: