Suffocation - Pinnacle of Bedlam | Review

The mighty Suffocation are back with a new effort, their fourth full-length album since reforming in 2003 and first to feature Dave Culross on drums (Dave played on “Despise the Sun” EP from 1998).
If you like Suffocation, you’ll surely like “Pinnacle of Bedlam” – ten songs of prime New York style death metal housing that patented Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais viciously brutal riffing, the inhuman growls of Frank Mullen, and Culross’ potent drumming. Let me just reassure you that nothing is lost with the former Malevolent Creation drummer stepping in for the powerhouse that is Mike Smith, his performance is simply monstrous.
“Pinnacle of Bedlam” mines the same blisteringly fast, extremely brutal and slightly technical style that made of Suffocation one of the best and most venerated groups in the death metal scene, and although some may argue about the rather clean production work of Joe Cincotta, it can hardly be faulted.
File this one right next to “Effigy of the Forgotten” and “Pierced from Within” for it’s an instant classic. 

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