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Album Review

Following a somewhat formative but still pretty respectable EP in 1991's Human Waste, Long Island, NY's Suffocation really broke through to the underground metal masses with their first full-length assault, Effigy of the Forgotten, in 1991. Delivering a truly devastating display of technical death metal bordering on grindcore, this incredibly influential release opened the doors for an entire generation of extreme metal miscreants who would subsequently make their uncompromising sounds the prevalent template for East Coast metal in the '90s. Matching outrageously guttural vocals with a bottom-heavy guitar foundation, spewed forth at blistering speed and unparalleled brutality, Effigy's overwhelming, claustrophobic, and, well suffocating rush, belied a surprisingly developed and, dare we say, "sophisticated" sense of songwriting. Crushing examples like the title track, "Infecting the Crypts" and the masterful "Seeds of the Suffering" probably frightened many unprepared listeners with their unapologetic onslaughts, but Suffocation's quick rise to prominence proved that even more were willing to endure the initial shock in order to appreciate the band's maniacally complex time changes and the lead and rhythm guitar acrobatics (notably in the brilliantly titled "Reincremation"). Not for the weak of will even today, Effigy of the Forgotten, is a death metal tour de force.

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One of The Best Death Metal Albums Ever Made

I will never forget the first time that I have ever heard this album. It blew me away by it's power, speed, and heaviness. This album helped define the modern sound of Death Metal. This album is on the top 5 of my most favourite albums ever made. My favourite song on this album is Effigy of the Forgotten. I cannot find the words to describe how much I like this record, so if you like good metal, listen to this and it will rock your brains out of your head.

Effigy of the Forgotten - A Haiku

Death metal classic,
Brutality pioneer,
Hard on for these guys

~by Vordek

Brutallity Personified!

This is one of the best Death Metal albums of all time! Scott Burns said this was the most Brutal band he ever recorded! A very important album in Death Metal's history! One of the Top Ten DM albums ever & still unsurpassed to this day! Infecting The Crypts says it all! Buy this CD from Roadrunner's Two From The Vault Series with Pierced From Within,another Masterpiece by this Incredible band!

Biography

Formed: 1990 in New York, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Death metal band Suffocation was formed in New York in the early '90s, comprising vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Doug Cerrito and Terrance Hobbs, bassist Chris Richards, and drummer Mike Smith. The group's 1991 debut album, Effigy of the Forgotten, became quite influential in the grind/death metal community. Released on Roadrunner Records, it was followed two years later by Breeding of the Spawn. After the issue of the Human Waste EP, Smith left Suffocation and was replaced by drummer Doug Bohn....
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