Make Them Suffer

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Make Them Suffer
Make Them Suffer performing in 2017
Make Them Suffer performing in 2017
Background information
OriginPerth, Australia
Years active2008–present
  • Sean Harmanis
  • Nick McLernon
  • Jaya Jeffery
  • Jordan Mather
  • Alex Reade
Past members
  • Richard West
  • Heather Menaglio
  • Cody Brooks
  • Craig Buckingham
  • Lachlan Monty
  • Chris Arias-Real
  • Louisa Burton
  • Tim Madden
  • Booka Nile

Make Them Suffer is an Australian metalcore band from Perth, formed in 2008.[1][2] They are currently signed to Greyscale Records. Their debut studio album Neverbloom peaked at No. 56 on the ARIA Album charts in June 2012, and showcased the band's earlier mix of metalcore, blackened death metal, and symphonic metal.[3] Its follow-up Old Souls debuted at No. 30 upon release in May 2015 and displayed the band beginning to transition from death/black metal to a more progressive metalcore sound.[4] After the band signed with Rise, the label released an expanded version of Old Souls in August 2016, containing also an EP from their death metal era Lord of Woe (originally self-released in 2010) and a new track, "Ether".


They self-released their debut EP, Lord of Woe, on 27 September 2010.[5] In February 2012, the group signed with Roadrunner Records and in May that year released their debut studio album Neverbloom.[6] They released a single entitled "Let Me In" on 12 May 2014.

On 29 May 2015, Make Them Suffer released their second studio album entitled Old Souls.[7] The band signed to Rise Records internationally in January 2016.[8] On 14 June 2016, they released a new track titled "Ether".[9]

On 7 June 2017, the band released the single "Fireworks" and announced their third studio album Worlds Apart, released in July of that year.[10] On 9 June, it was announced that Chris Arias-Real, Lachlan Monty, and Louisa Burton were no longer in the band. Jaya Jeffery was announced as the new bassist and Booka Nile was announced as the new keyboardist.[11]

On 24 July 2018, a new single "27" was released.[12][13] In September 2018, the band toured America with After the Burial and the Acacia Strain.[14] In December 2018, a North American tour with Kingdom of Giants, Chelsea Grin, and Born of Osiris was announced to take place in 2019.[15]

They have toured with many notable bands, including Architects, Thy Art Is Murder, Parkway Drive, The Amity Affliction, Pvris, Bleeding Through, Stick to Your Guns, Northlane, August Burns Red, Oceano, Job for a Cowboy, Whitechapel, and War from a Harlots Mouth. The band completed a headlining world tour in 2017 in support of the Worlds Apart album through Canada, USA, Europe, UK and Australia with supporting acts Wage War, Enterprise Earth, Novelists, Spite, and Alpha Wolf.[16]

On 19 June 2020, the band released their fourth studio album How to Survive a Funeral. In 2022, keyboardist and clean vocalist Booka Nile took time away from the band during COVID-19 pandemic to appear on the eighth season of Married at First Sight.[17][18]

On 24 February 2022, the band announced via their Twitter that Booka Nile was no longer a member of the band. On 13 October, the band announced Alex Reade from Drown This City as their new keyboardist, and they have released their first song with Reade, "Doomswitch".[19]

Musical style[edit]

Make Them Suffer's musical style has been described as metalcore,[20][21][22] progressive metalcore,[4][20] symphonic death metal,[23][9][24] and deathcore.[23][22] Their earlier musical style has been described as blackened death metal.[4][3]




Studio albums[edit]

List of studio albums, with release date and label details shown
Title Album details Peak chart positions
Neverbloom 56
Old Souls
  • Released: 28 May 2015
  • Label: Roadrunner (541966108-2)
  • Format: CD, digital download
Worlds Apart
  • Released: 28 July 2017
  • Label: Rise (Rise 385-2)
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP
How to Survive a Funeral
  • Released: 19 June 2020
  • Label: Rise (Rise 463-1)
  • Format: CD, digital download, LP, streaming

Extended plays[edit]

List of EPs released, with release date and label details shown
Title Details
  • Released: 31 January 2009
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD
Lord of Woe
  • Released: 27 September 2010
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: CD


List of singles, with year released
Title Year Album
"Weeping Wastelands" 2010 Lord of Woe
"Neverbloom" 2012 Neverbloom
"Elegies" 2013
"Let Me In" 2014 Old Souls
"Requiem" 2015
"Blood Moon"
"Ether" 2016 Non-album single
"Fireworks" 2017 Worlds Apart
"Vortex (Interdimensional Spiral Hindering Inexplicable Euphoria)"
"Save Yourself"
"27" 2018 Non-album single
"Hollowed Heart" 2019
"Erase Me" 2020 How to Survive a Funeral
"Drown with Me"
"Soul Decay"
(featuring Courtney LaPlante of Spiritbox)
2021 Non-album single
"Doomswitch" 2022

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (known colloquially as the AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result Ref.
2021 How to Survive a Funeral Best Independent Heavy Album or EP Nominated [26][27]


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  3. ^ a b Radojcin, Sam (11 May 2012). "Make Them Suffer: Neverbloom". Loud Mag. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Sievers, Alex (26 May 2015). "Album Review: Make Them Suffer - 'Old Souls'". KillYourStereo. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  5. ^ "Lord of Woe - EP by Make Them Suffer on iTunes". iTunes. Archived from the original on 8 March 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
  6. ^ "MAKE THEM SUFFER Signs With ROADRUNNER RECORDS". 8 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Album Review: Make Them Suffer - "Old Souls" - New Noise Magazine". 2 June 2015.
  8. ^ "Perth Band Make Them Suffer Sign International Deal With Rise Records".
  9. ^ a b "MAKE THEM SUFFER's New Song "Ether" Is Pretty Damn Catchy".
  10. ^ "Make Them Suffer's Worlds Apart Will Not Make You Suffer". 31 July 2017.
  11. ^ Frazier, Kelly (22 July 2017). "Australian Deathcore Band 'Make Them Suffer' Aim To Progress Their Unique, Exciting Heavy Music With New Album and Upcoming Headline Tour".
  12. ^ "Make Yourself Listen to Make Them Suffer's "27"". 27 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Make Them Suffer Reset The System With '27'".
  14. ^ "After The Burial and the Acacia Strain announce North American tour". 18 July 2018.
  15. ^ Pasbani, Robert (17 December 2018). "BORN OF OSIRIS Announce 2019 North American Tour Dates with CHELSEA GRIN, MAKE THEM SUFFER". Retrieved 10 October 2020.
  17. ^ brownypaul (4 October 2020). "Make Them Suffer's Booka Nile Is Getting Married… At First Sight!". Wall Of Sound. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  18. ^ brownypaul (11 November 2020). "Here's Your First Look At Booka Nile On Married At First Sight 2021….LOL". Wall Of Sound. Retrieved 11 November 2020.
  19. ^ "Make Them Suffer Unveil New Singer-Keyboardist in "Doomswitch" Video". Revolver. 13 October 2022. Retrieved 14 October 2022.
  20. ^ a b "Review: Make Them Suffer - Worlds Apart: Already Heard". Already Heard. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Album Review: Make Them Suffer – Worlds Apart". Soundfiction. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  22. ^ a b "Album Review: Make Them Suffer – How to Survive a Funeral". Retrieved 6 June 2020.
  23. ^ a b "Make Them Suffer – Mozart Trifft Deathcore" (in German). Impericon. 13 March 2015. Retrieved 17 March 2017.
  24. ^ "Make Them Suffer - Worlds Apart album review". 19 July 2017. Retrieved 18 January 2018.
  25. ^ Peak chart positions in Australia:
  26. ^ "Details confirmed for 2021 AIR Awards as nominees announced". The Music. 2 June 2021. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 5 June 2021.
  27. ^ "2021 AIR Awards Winners". Retrieved 6 August 2021.