Minnesota's Suffering Hour have returned with a new recording which shows the music going for more of an atmospheric blackened death metal direction and this is a review of their 2021 album "The Cyclic Reckoning" which will be released in February by Profound Lore Records.
A very and distorted sound starts off the album before going into a heavier musical direction while also getting very technical and dissonant sounding. All of the musical instruments on the recording also have a very powerful sound to them while atmospheric elements are also mixed into the heavy parts of the songs.
The vocals bring in a mixture of deep cavernous death metal growls and black metal screams while the faster sections of the songs also add in a decent amount of blast beats. Dark sounding melodies are also added into some of the guitar riffing along with the songs also adding in a decent mixture of slow, mid paced and fast parts.
Most of the tracks are also very long and epic in length along with one of the tracks also introducing spoken word parts onto the recording as well as some tremolo picking also being added into some of the faster riffing and all of the music also sticks to a heavier direction. The production sounds very professional while the lyrics cover awakenings, obsessions and mental anguish themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Suffering Hour and if you are a fan of atmospheric blackened death metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Strongholds Of Awakening" and "The Foundations Of Servitude". 8 out of 10.