Frank Mullen

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Frank Mullen
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Mullen at the 2014 Free & Easy Festival.
Background information
Origin Long Island, New York, United States
Genres Death metal, technical death metal
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988 – 1998, 2003 – 2018
Labels Relapse (1991, 1998, 2004 – 2007)
Roadrunner (1991 – 1996)
Nuclear Blast (2008 – 2018)
Associated acts Suffocation

Frank Mullen, (born January 1970) is the former vocalist of the American technical death metal band Suffocation, and met band mates Terrance Hobbs and Mike Smith in high school. He is recognized to be among the first to bring low-pitched vocals in death metal.[citation needed] His approach on Effigy of the Forgotten could be considered to be the "blueprint" to the death growls as we know it today. Unlike some death metal vocalists, his lyrics are pronounced more clearly. He achieves this by simply opening his mouth wider, but still retaining his low-pitched growls.

He is featured on the Suicide Silence song "Smashed."[1] He is also known to wave his hand [chopping] to the blast beats in Suffocation's songs, which can be seen when performing live and in videos.[2]

Since after the release of Pinnacle of Bedlam, Mullen announced that he will retire from full-time touring from the band which means that he can no longer tour with the band for more than two weeks, due to his new job.

Personal life[edit]

Mullen enjoys listening to several different types of music. When interviewed on the question of what particular taste he has in what he listens to, he responded with, "I don’t know, I mean I listen to a little bit of everything, I’m a big fan of like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Run-DMC, old hard rock, The Who, The Doors, Janet Jackson, Zeppelin. You know."[3]

Mullen is also an atheist.[4]


  1. ^ Zaleski, Annie. "Suicide Silence reveal official "The Black Crown" tracklisting". Alternative Press. Alternative Press. Retrieved 6 June 2011. 
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  3. ^ "Exclusive Interview with Frank Mullen at Metal Martyr"
  4. ^ Smith, Warren Allen (2003). Celebrities in Hell. Fort Lee, NJ: Barricade Books. p. 83. ISBN 9781569802144. Retrieved 25 June 2015.