On their third album Suffocation once again helped to pioneer the now thriving technical death metal and Slam Death Metal Sub-genres. So its easy to say that Pierced From Within is a classic not only in the Death Metal genre itself but in Metal as a whole and should definitely be required listening to any respectable metal head. The music itself is dark, brooding, and really fucking heavy. The murky production on this release helps to spotlight occasional huge mammoth sized riffs that every now and then appear out of the wave of nonstop technicality just look at the song Suspended in Tribulation. And as far as guitar solos go, Terrance Hobs creates some of the best and even most melodic guitar solos you'll ever hear on this album. If there is one criticism the album is kind of front loaded and the best songs make their appearance all at the beginning. Other than that though this is a masterpiece. Best songs: Thrones of Blood, Depths of Depravity, and Suspended in Tribulation.
As heavy as their earlier woks but a bit clearer in its execution and more complex in its song structures. Every song here is an epic, with countless great riffs, transitions and the best death metal breakdowns. Period. This is the pinnacle of Suffocation's brand of death metal.
On Pierced From Within, Suffocation managed to compose more complex songs while still retaining the brutality and quality of the two previous albums. That combined with superb performances from each member and killer production, the album is nothing short of essential... Go get it NOW, goddammit.