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Few bands can be credited with creating a legacy, however, legendary New York based extreme metal outfit SUFFOCATION have done just that. For 20 years now SUFFOCATION have been creating music that has become the very standard by which we judge all things extreme.

Their fusion of technicality, groove and sheer unrelenting brutality has been imitated but never quite duplicated. Milestone ... Read more in Amazon's Suffocation Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 19, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Nuclear Blast Americ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #328,281 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Production is extremely clear and the separation of the instruments are amazing.
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The tracks are very intense, catchy and brutal!

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Brian Nallick TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 20, 2013
Format: Audio CD
If you're new to Suffocation I would suggest starting with the debut Effigy of the Forgotten.
If you're reading this you're probably not new to this group.
It's pretty much everything you expect plus a few surprises.
I wish I had something to compare this album to in the bands catalog but everyone seems to have a VERY different opinion of what Suffo's best albums are.
For me it's Effigy, Despise the Sun, Pierced from Within.
Without shaking up the formula of blast beats, monstrous technical guitar riffs and Frank's trademark growl Suffo do manage to bring a few new things to the table.
One song with an instrumental intro (I'm not telling you which song, I hate spoilers)
Another song has the same thing halfway through.
The production is top notch, very clear and crisp.
Dave Culross is in top form putting to rest any worries about Mike Smith's departure.
Stand out tracks for me are the title track as well as "Inversion", "As Grace Descends" and my personal favorite "Rapture of Revocation"...this could have been on Effigy.
Total destruction track.
I have to mention the leads also. Suffo's leads have really gone up a notch on this album. Catchy and atmospheric...brilliant.
All in all I'm happy with this release.
Chances are they'll never do another Effigy or Pierced but this album has some very fine moments.
I'll give it a recommendation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. McGinn on February 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
My own personal experience with Suffocation is as long as my own interest in metal. Pierced from Within and Breeding the Spawn were two of my first forays into death metal as a teenager (along with Cannibal Corpse's The Bleeding and Fear Factory's Demanufacture) so the band has always held a special place in my heart, even with the ups and downs in their storied career. The reason I mention this is that Pinnacle of Bedlam is the first post-reformation Suffocation album that I feel gives me the same feeling that I got back in ninties with the band's legendary output.

While the band's releases since reforming in 2003 were not subpar by any means, there was just something lacking when compared with their '90s output. Suffocation's sense of blistering speed seemed to be lessened with an emphasis on more mid-tempo groove and production values that felt as if the band wanted their new material to sound as if it was recorded in the previous decade. Pinnacle seems to fix both of these personal issues I have had with Suffocation's releases. First off, the production by Zeuss is stellar. Some may say that for a death metal album, the production here is too clean but I would beg to differ. The sound here really gives the music some breathing room and allows the listener to really hear the chaotic riffing that Hobbs and Marchais have brought to the table this time around. Secondly, the speed is definitely back front and center. In fact, the cd instantly begins with "Cycles of Suffering" ripping away at full speed without even giving you a second to catch your breath.

Suffocation is and has always been a workhorse and the years have been quite kind to them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael on February 26, 2013
Format: Audio CD
The vibe on Pinnacle Of Bedlam to me is somewhere between Pierced From Within and Despise The Sun: this is the band's first album since Breeding The Spawn with Mike Smith on drums (with the exception of the "Beginning Of Sorrow" re-recording), this is Dave Culross' first full-length with the band and his first recording since Despise The Sun, and the production and energy definitely reminds me much of Pierced From Within as it is one of my favorites. Culross (whose best drumming is featured on the majority Malevolent Creation's records), is a behemoth. As much as I like Mike Smith, Culross' drumming is more lively sounding which I think is better. This record proves why Suffocation is one the best death metal bands including Hate Eternal, Cannibal Corpse, Immolation, and Deicide.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Donald Roberts on February 19, 2013
Format: Audio CD
It's been 4 years since Blood Oath was released. Not much has changed in the Suffo camp, save for the departure of Mike Smith and Frank Mullen being unable to commit full-time to touring. This album is very refreshing for the band and boasts one of their best productions yet. Sonically, it's a battering ram from start to finish. Terrance has put great thought into the guitar leads this time and Guy Marchais meshes well. Dave Culross slips effortlessly onto Mike Smith's drum throne, albeit I prefer Mike's unique style. This is another solid effort from the band and fits nicely into their discography. It takes repeated listens to appreciate the complexity going on with the music. Pinnacle of Bedlam may not be as seminal as Effigy of The Forgotten , catchy as Pierced From Within or brutal as the self-titled album , but it is a strong statement nonetheless from a band who helped pioneer this style of music since its inception. My only criticism is that it seems Frank has become disinterested or preoccupied with his life outside of the band; the enthusiasm doesn't seem to be there. Derek and Terrance seem to be really into the music, while Guy and Dave just seem to be along for the ride and having fun. Frank gets the job done, but he seems to be doing it out of obligation. Bottom Line : a brutal slab of old school death metal from New York with just enough variation to keep it refreshing. This will crush the skulls and shatter the eardrums of fans both old and new.
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