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A Roiling Sea of Technical Death Metal
Posted by: RBubb from: Upstate, NY on
I'll be honest I have never been a huge Suffocation fan - besides this album, 'Pinnacle of Bedlam' the only other albums I own by these guys are 'Blood Oath' and their live one, 'Close of a Chapter-Live in Quebec'. I always thought they were just alright, but nothing ever really clicked for me. I listened to 'Blood Oath' once when it came out and it sat on my shelf for two years until this new album came out. For me their sound, in terms of production, sounded muddy and dated like a death band stuck in the 1990's. That said, 'Pinnacle of Bedlam' is a whole different kind of monster as this album absolutely clicks with me and I cannot stop listening to it. From start to finish it is just stunningly good. I always thought these guys were good musicians, but they never sounded good until now. The production and mixing on this album showcases this band in a new light, in the best possible light. The album sounds so big and full with every instrument, including vocals, perfectly balanced against each other and altogether sounding crystal clear and heavy at the same time. As far as I can tell the producer, Joe Cincotta, is the same one they have worked with for a while (he produced 'Blood Oath' and 'Live in Quebec') so the difference has to be Zuess' mixing and mastering.
'Pinnacle of Bedlam' is solid all the way through, but standout tracks for me are the title track, the single- 'As Grace Descends', 'Cycles of Suffering' and my favorite 'Sullen Days' with that initially deceptive acoustic sounding intro that quickly turns into another brutal death metal song. On first listen I thought the entire thing was going to be acoustic, 'my god an acoustic song on a Suffocation album' then it turned into a great death metal track. I love being surprised like that.
Overall, this album sounds like a roiling sea of technical death metal with these awesome Azagothian (Morbid Angel) inspired guitar solos rising out of that sea like the basaltic towers of Ryleh. Just awesome.
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Pinnacle Of Bedlam
Posted by: metalhead from: Cape Coral, FL on
Uncompromising, pulverizing death metal is what Suffocation is known for, and this is no different. Mixed & mastered by Zeuss (Hatebreed, Whitechapel, The Acacia Strain), and featuring a monumental performance from Dave Culross (Malevolent Creation, Incantation), you need to check this out.
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