Unfortunately Pinnacle of Bedlam solidifies what their last few records were hinting at: Suffocation aren't at all what they used to be and won't be renewing their spark any time soon. Oh well, they still play death metal better than half of their competitors. I'll give them that.
It's getting to the point where these New Yorkers can do no wrong. While they haven't released any classics since the 1990's, Suffocation are still better than just about every other "brutal" death metal band out there. It do what it do.
More focused and less experimental than the previous release, "Pinnacle of Bedlam" has all the elements you'd expect to hear on a Suffocation album. Excellent addition to any smart extreme metal collection.
On Pinnacle of Bedlam Suffocation seemingly without breaking a sweat create one of the best most brutal technical Death metal albums of 2013. Every song is a solid slab of dizzying riffs played over absolutely pummeling drums and apocalyptic lyrics, executed perfectly by Frank Mullen. That being said, Suffocation really hit their stride with the solos, thank you Terrance Hobbs. Every guitar solo possesses its own unique structure and actually has form and emotion to it making it more than plain old technical wizardry, just look at the title track. Suffocation while not reinventing the wheel once again show all the bands they inspired how to properly construct a memorable and brutal tech deth album. Best songs: Sullen Days, Purgatorial Punishment, Rapture of Revocation.