It’s really funny how a change in lineup, regardless of how small the changes were, can change the sound of a band. Although their evolution has been slow, this gradual push towards a distinctly ‘modern’ style of tech-death has been a long time coming. One note-worthy exception to this would be Sullen Days. Heck, there’s even the requisite re-recorded Breeding the Spawn track, “Beginning of Sorrow. This highly rhythmic album built on the legacy of their previous releases. Pinnacle of Bedlam is the seventh studio album by American death metal band Suffocation.
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Pinnacle of Bedlam is the sound of a few hundred Despise the Sun -worshipping guitar nerds going sulkingly back to the drawing board. Derek Boyer’s bass continues to play a featured role and pops out for some chunky fills every now and then. Tumbling, tangled guitar lines seem to do battle with themselves, inflicting staccato stab wounds. Aside from the fact that Culross doesn’t have that same raw power that Mike Smith does when it comes to beating the drums, he also has a much more traditional tech death feel when it comes to drumming.
Probably the most discussed change beforehand was that of Dave Culross replacing Mike Smith behind the drum kit. He does a fantastic job on the record, and I thought he fit the position very well. Derek Boyer not only wrote the majority of the lyrics, but gives a great addition with the bass on the record.
Suffocation – Pinnacle of Bedlam – Encyclopaedia Metallum: The Metal Archives
Some death metal bands, such as Cannibal Corpse and Deicide, have mainly fast paced songs. This genre of metal I don’t have much experience with, however, the band I’ve known about for years, just never really got into this genre. Heck, there’s even the requisite re-recorded Breeding the Spawn track, “Beginning of Sorrow.
It’s the weakest track not just form this album, but is in my opinion the worst Suffocation song ever not to mention the music video.
ConorFynesJune 11th, Bass-work by Derek Boyer also follows the same atmospheric creepiness, though at times more often than not it differs from the guitar-work. A mind boggling array of rhythmic devices are represented. Having taken on a more modern riff style and a thrashier edge musically, this is most definitely the best album Suffocation have made since reuniting. This article needs additional citations for verification.
Suffocation, their self-titled release, again proved why they have solidly held their position as one of the most important and influential bands in the genre. This song opens up with some nice clean guitar work before a bludgeoning riff kicks in with some nice use of pinch harmonics. This is not what I had in mind when I read this news.
Suffocation are, for all intents and purposes, my death metal home base. It’s a pury orgy of riffs and vocals that suit the music perfectly. Many people had worries and were unhappy with the exit of long time drummer Mike Smith.
Pinnacle of Bedlam
Four years have passed since bedlzm release of Blood Oath, all the while the band laid silently waiting, gathering their energy until the time sffocation right for them to return in a vicious blaze of glory.
He was a member of Suffocation for many years, and everyone was sad to see him go. The groups return was a truly devastating display of technical extreme metal. When the album finally arrived I listened to it in hopes of finding something worth listening to more than once.
Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. When I first heard about this album coming out I had high hopes for it.
But hey, this is Suffocation. More bits of hammered-on oddity and freakish friction have crept into the riffage; Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais have dug deep into the well of creativity. Happy Metal Guy is pninacle he is forgetting a particular Guy, but whatever, anyone other than the lead guitarist usually warrants no mention. The highlights of this album are solid enough songs and definitely fit in well among the band’s past works however.
On Pinnacle of Bedlamthough, the overall sound is a little more exciting.
Pinnacle of Bedlam – Wikipedia
What a damn quality production to this one, everything all encompassing with the deep vocals, insane riffing, and relentless snare drum pounding away to this awesome technical death metal band. Although their evolution has been slow, this gradual push towards a distinctly ‘modern’ style of tech-death has been a long time coming.
Pinnacle of Bedlam is by no means a bad album but is certainly not of the same consistency in quality as their self titled or any other post-Pierced Bedlamm Within Suffocation album.
This isn’t ot case of simply yearning for the ‘good ol’ days’ either; there are still limitless possibilities for a band today to distinguish themselves in any genre.