Despite moments of excellence, this album just doesn't have the energy of its predecessors. It still gets heavy as all hell, but there's something missing, and Franks vocals continue their downward trend. Great if you love Suffocation, but not mandatory like some of their other albums.
After the disappointing Souls to Deny, I thought, this is it. Yet another band trying to launch a comeback of sorts that is doomed to failure. Thankfully, this album proves me dead wrong. When I first heard it in my friend's metal shop, the first thought that came to mind was, "Heh, the production sounds kinda crappy and Frank Mullen odd." But I relented after reading reviews praising it. Boy, was I happy. And in pain, too. The first song, Abomination Reborn, made me headbang so hard I nearly banged my head on the wall. Then came Redemption (which is arguably their best song since the godly Funeral Inception) and the absolutely wicked Bind Torture Kill. Each song has its own sound and feel. Frank Mullen sounds just as menacing but it is Mike Smith that steals the show. The drums may be too upfront at times but it shows how much he's improved. Thunderous fills and the double bass make my body quiver. An excellent album from a band I thought I would never hear again.