New York death metal vets, PYREXIA, are back with Feast of Iniquity via Unique Leader Records on October 29, 2013.
The biggest news about the record is the fact that it features both Doug Bohn (SUFFOCATION – Pierced From Within) and Dave Culross (SUFFOCATION, MALEVOLENT CREATION) on drums. Sick. Doug Bohn is the band’s fulltime drummer.
The good news right off the bat: Pinnacle of Bedlam is the best of post-reunion SUFFO albums. Everything from the songs, production, progression, and the return of drum god Dave Culross see the band full of life force. Also important to know is that due to the complex nature of some songs, the album is a grower, requiring time and many listens.
Everything fans have come to love about SUFFO‘s legendary brutal, technical death metal style are all here. However, the album is more like the band on steroids where they take everything to another level, mostly the technicality and progressive influences. SUFFO explore their classical music influences, as heard on the Pinnacle of Bedlam‘s first two songs. Keen ears will recognize a classical waltz rhythm going on. The song/riff/tempo progressions are very intertwined and complex and often go on their own. Overall, the songs on the album are very diverse within themselves in all the different dimensions that they explore. The band easily transition from a melodic riff to a slam riff to a breakdown.
Things get a hair more straight forward or traditional in the middle of Pinnacle starting with the devastating “As Grace Descends.” “Sullen Days” starts off with a clean, pristine proggy guitars before chugging into unsettling pinched harmonics. The title track explores the classical waltz tempo again while also blasting into CARCASS‘ Heartwork-era melodics. Closing track, “Beginning of Sorrow,” is absolutely devastating in its sheer intensity and easily ranks as one of their best.
Longtime fans should shell out the extra money to buy the digipak version, which contains the DVD, The Making of Pinnacle of Bedlam. Not only do you get to see the recording process but you get to learn more about their individual personalities. SUFFO also provide a breakdown of their inside terminology of the various trademarks of the band’s sound. Very cool stuff.
Pinnacle clearly demonstrates the immense effort that went into creating the band’s most complex and challenging album. All your fave nerdy prog bands be damned. (Nuclear Blast Records)
New York death metal legends SUFFOCATION are currently in the finishing stages of their upcoming new album entitled Pinnacle of Bedlam. The record was produced by the band and tracked at Full Force Studios in New York by longtime collaborator Joe Cincotta. The mixing and mastering of the album is set to be handled this time around by world renowned producer/engineer Zeuss. Pinnacle of Bedlam will feature 10 genre-defining-bone-crushing tracks and also marks the return of drummer Dave Culross, who played with the band previously on their Despise the Sun EP.
Bassist Derek Boyer offered the following update:
“The recording process of our new album, Pinnacle of Bedlam, began Monday, August 13th. We brought in our gear, mic’d up the drum kit, imported tempo maps from our pre-production sessions, then dove right in! The drum tracking came out amazing! Dave Culross killed it! Once I laid down the bass tracks, the foundation of the album was built and was very solid and ready for Terrance and Guy to begin recording guitars, which they have. Thereafter, Frank began working on his vocals. The recording process is just about wrapped up, we just have some tweaking to do before we send it off to get mixed and mastered.”
“The meaning of the album title Pinnacle of Bedlam is the tipping point or most elevated moment as we approach the chaotic climax of this existence,” added guitarist Terrance Hobbs. “The cosmic scale teeters and the fate of humanity hangs in the balance. People should expect nothing less than sheer brutality, as we perform together with this incredible line up! We feel this CD will be the best SUFFOCATION album ever to have been released and are confident the fans will love it.”
In other news, SUFFOCATION are among the inductees for this year’s class of the Long Island Music Hall Of Fame. The event will be held on October 18 at The Paramount in Huntington, New York. Tickets to the event can be purchased here. A special induction celebration performance will also take place at The Revolution in Amityville, NY on October 21st to give back to the fans for their support.