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Quick Review: Suffocation ‘Pinnacle of Bedlam’ + Coffee = WOOOOO!

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If someone told me Suffocation was going to release one of its best albums (if not my new personal favorite) in the year 2013 that could give the death metal classics a run for their money… I’d probably roll my eyes and say, “Yeah, right.” Well be prepared to do a spit-take if you are drinking a beverage when starting up Pinnacle of Bedlam – because this statement is 100% musically accurate (unlike the bogus claims that Human Centipede was 100% medically accurate).

I happened to be fresh off a strong cup of coffee when I first put on the new album and the combination of the caffeine mixed with the blast beats of Dave Culross and throaty death growls of Frank Mullen on “Cycles of Suffering” fired all the synapses in my brain at once into a euphoric burst of energy. No the lyrics aren’t euphoric themselves of course, it’s just that the technicality of this release as a whole is insane.

Guitarists Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais sound like they are spiraling out of control on every song in a fully structured way. It’s like the guitar equivalent of watching Speed for the first time. Unlike 2009’s decent Blood Oath, the grooves are less prevalent, but work better when they do show up.  And let’s not forget the tight low-end of bassist Derek Boyer, whose pops and snaps of the strings can be heard throughout the album in a way that gives Cannibal Corpse’s Alex Webster a run for his money.

Suffocation has long been considered one of the top acts in death metal and if you dispute this claim after giving Pinnacle of Bedlam a complete listen then you are 100% clinically insane (Editor’s Note: I am in no way a certified clinical psychologist).

Final Verdict: 9.0 out of 10


Written by Eric

February 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

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