Could you compare the new Suffocation with their last album-Blood Oath? That's the only Suffocation release I know. I listened to Blood oath and Majesty recently back to back. I prefer Majesty and Decay by a long shot. I probably know less about modern DM than most on this list. But Majesty and Decay hit a sweet spot for me. Brutal, and just enough innovative sounds to make good to me. Just enough technicality (too much and it sounds goofy to me) and I would say a certain prog sensibility to make the songs interesting. Plus after listening to it a few times and reading the lyrics, that's one DM album I can almost understand the vocals if I come back to it some months later.
Majesty And Decay being album by Immolation so...........Yes, way way better than anything Suffocation was doing at the time. Most believe Immolation is totally consistent and never made a bad record. Suffocation on the other hand in broken into two or three camps, those who like the old and those who like the new.
I really do think Blood-Oath didn't go over that well. It was the first Suffocation album that I purchased after putting my rig together. Still not that good in my eyes. Also the self titled before it is maybe better and has cool sound but still not as great as this new one. IMO.
|Human Waste||EP||1991||9 (84%)|
|Effigy of the Forgotten||Full-length||1991||16 (95%)|
|Breeding the Spawn||Full-length||1993||9 (90%)|
|Pierced from Within||Full-length||1995||16 (89%)|
|Despise the Sun||EP||1998||9 (87%)|
|Souls to Deny||Full-length||2004||10 (84%)|
|The Close of a Chapter||Live album||2005||2 (93%)|
|The Best of Suffocation||Compilation||2008||1 (90%)|
|Blood Oath||Full-length||2009||8 (84%)|
|Pinnacle of Bedlam||Full-length||2013||7 (81%)|
As you can see Blood Oath still gets good ratings though most people like the first three albums only. I personally think the new album is way better than anything they have done in along time except for 2004s Souls to Deny. Souls to Deny was one of my first records getting into to Death Metal again and liking it more than Black Metal.