Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding | Reggie's Rock Club | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Suffocation, Kataklysm, Jungle Rot, Pyrexia, Internal Bleeding 

When: Tue., Oct. 7, 6 p.m. 2014
Price: $30, $27 in advance
This technical death-metal band has only released seven full-lengths since forming in Long Island during the death-metal heyday of the late 80s—never mind their five-year hiatus from 1998 to 2002—which means they haven’t given themselves the chance to overindulge or crank out much filler. Their leave-them-wanting-more MO paid off on last year’s Pinnacle of Bedlam (Nuclear Blast). Suffocation have held very steady in the hands of guitarists Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais and the throat of front man Frank Mullen, but they have a bit of a Spinal Tap-like drummer problem (Kevin Talley of Dying Fetus and Daath signed on for this tour). Regardless, Pinnacle of Bedlam is deeply satisfying. The songs sound like a giant demon made of thousands of loathsome insects—all united as one on the heavy riffs and growling refrains, and scurrying in different directions on the component parts. The real stars here are the guitars, which burst and arch and shimmer with shocking, almost joyous clarity. —Monica Kendrick
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