Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Suffering Hour - The Cyclic Reckoning

The time has come for another blasphemous offering from the one and only Suffering Hour. On their sophomore album, these Profound Lore signees unleash pure death metal magic. The ferocity of the album and the punishing assault that they so eagerly lean into here is a true delight to sink your teeth into and speaks to the impregnable power of the band. The raw energy that they give off and the bitter pit of darkness they invoke is a delight. It speaks to a band dedicated to cracking skulls and leaving listeners in awe. 

There is something wonderfully demented about what Suffering Hour have conjured up on The Cyclic Reckoning. It's the sort of thing that was only hinted at on previous releases. While the band certainly stays to the same tried and true formula that brought them into the hearts of so many, this album is a clear step up. It remains intense and claustrophobic, but the quality of the songwriting has improved and the weird sense of torment throughout the album seems to be augmented. The album closer, the 16 minute plus epic 'The Foundations Of Servitude' is particularly thrilling. It speaks to how far these guys have come as a band. 

It may have been four years since the last Suffering Hour full length, and two since the last new music of any sort, but it has been more than worth the wait. The band have come out swaggering here. This is a record that will win over the hearts of the underground and prove to the devoted legions that true death metal will never die. There is something monolithic and powerful about The Cyclic Reckoning. Something that borders on the terrifying. You can embrace it or die. I don't think Suffering Hour care much either way.

Pre-order the album!


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