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5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark in Death Metal history
If you're a serious death metal fan, chances are you'll already own this album. If not, shame on you because you certainly should. To this day, few bands of the genre can get close to Suffocation in their pomp. The riffs and soloing of twin guitarists Terry Hobbs and Doug Cerrito has to be heard to believed, and as for the vocals of Frank Mullen, with the possible...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun! But c'mon it's getting dated now
Bought this album this year and i have mixed opinions on this album. Prior to buying this album i read a review that said that these were the best death metal band ever and that this album was their best. I have to say that i was dissapointed. First of all the production isn't fantastic. The guitars are very fuzzy and have no real defenition, and neither do the majority...
Published on 18 Jan. 2004 by Amazon Customer


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A landmark in Death Metal history, 3 Nov. 2003
This review is from: Effigy of the Forgotten (Audio CD)
If you're a serious death metal fan, chances are you'll already own this album. If not, shame on you because you certainly should. To this day, few bands of the genre can get close to Suffocation in their pomp. The riffs and soloing of twin guitarists Terry Hobbs and Doug Cerrito has to be heard to believed, and as for the vocals of Frank Mullen, with the possible exception of Lord Worm, I don't think anyone has ever been more extreme. Effigy Of The Forgotten is without doubt the high point of Suffocation's career which was always pretty impressive anyway and it is a 24 carat Death Metal classic. If bands like Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel or the very excellent Dying Fetus float your boat, you have no excuse for not owning a copy of this cracking album.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album from a great death metal band, 2 Nov. 2013
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Mr. A. J. Tennant "Metalhead" (Warwickshire, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Effigy of the Forgotten (Audio CD)
Effigy of the Forgotten is simply a fantastic album, the first full-length album from Suffocation (released in October 1991, a few months after the release of their equally excellent Human Waste EP). All of the nine tracks on this album are excellent, especially the title track and other songs such as Liege of Inveracity, Seeds of the Suffering, and Habitual Infamy. Several of the tracks had appeared on earlier releases: "Reincremation" and "Involuntary Slaughter" were re-recorded from the Reincremation demo, while "Infecting the Crypts", "Mass Obliteration", and "Jesus Wept" appeared originally on the Human Waste EP.

Effigy of the Forgotten (the album) was dedicated to the memory of Atheist bassist Roger Patterson, who had been killed in a car crash earlier in 1991. This album is known as one of the first in the "brutal death metal" sub-genre. The breakdown about 3 minutes into the first track, Liege of Inveracity, is said to have contributed to their frequent usage in deathcore and death metal.

Effigy of the Forgotten is considered to be one of the first death metal albums to have a highly sophisticated level of technical proficiency. The guitars are very low-end and down-tuned whilst using a lot of tremolo picking and fast alternate picked notes alongside some fast blast beats with a lot of double-bass drumming and quick fills involved. The vocals from Frank Mullen are very deep and low in pitch and are considered to be among the best in the brutal death metal genre that this album influenced.

Overall, Effigy of the Forgotten is just brilliant and is a must for fans of death metal, and I would also recommend it to those new to Suffocation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars legendary brutal death metal, 23 Aug. 2005
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This review is from: Effigy of the Forgotten (Audio CD)
Suffocation's debut album Effigy of the Forgotten is rightly regarded as one of the all-time classics of brutal death metal. With this release Suffocation really took death metal to a new extreme, and alongside the likes of early Cannibal Corpse and Malevolent Creation defined a new brutality to the genre. This is so unrelentingly brutal that first time listeners may not initially appreciate the quality of the riffs and vocal / drum rhythms on display, but give this a few spins and all will become clear. Scott Burns gives the album a great meaty production (something that the band sorely missed on their disappointing follow-up album Breeding the Spawn) and the bands tight playing is leagues ahead of that of their debut mini-album Human Waste. A true genre classic, if you like full-on brutal death metal then this album is simply essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Groovy Brutal Death Metal, 3 July 2014
This review is from: Effigy of the Forgotten (Audio CD)
Suffocation have always been one of my favourite death metal bands as they have been remarkably consistent and have never put out anything bad.

There is not much more to be said that other reviewers haven't covered except Frank's vocals on this album are quite poor, don't expect to understand anything without looking at the lyrics. On Suffocation's next album Pierced From Within his vocals are excellent seemingly as though he had not yet perfected his vocal style on this release.

Musically however the album is top notch and one that should be in every extreme metal fans collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB, 6 Feb. 2014
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The pinnacle of death metal, this is the record that started it all! Really fast, pounding New York death metal! A must have for all death metal collectors!!
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best death metal album ever, 25 Aug. 2002
This review is from: Effigy of the Forgotten (Audio CD)
This will remain forever in my eyes as Suffocation's finest hour (Yes better then "Pierced From Within).The vocals are tortured, gut wrenching growls, the music is highly technical and relentlessly brutal and this is probably one of the first albums to showcase "beatdowns," utilised predominately by hardcore bands such as Hatebreed, Arkangel, Caliban etc, just see the first track to see where im coming from, anyhow this is simply a must have along with anything by Dying Fetus, Morbid Angel, Nile, Cryptopsy, Death, Internal Bleeding, Deranged, Immolation, you get the picture.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Death Metal, 17 Sept. 2001
This review is from: Effigy of the Forgotten (Audio CD)
Legendary brutal aggressive death metal! This early release has influenced other new death metal bands around. If you are into dying fetus, decapitated....etc, don't hesistate, BUY IT NOW!!
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2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun! But c'mon it's getting dated now, 18 Jan. 2004
This review is from: Effigy of the Forgotten (Audio CD)
Bought this album this year and i have mixed opinions on this album. Prior to buying this album i read a review that said that these were the best death metal band ever and that this album was their best. I have to say that i was dissapointed. First of all the production isn't fantastic. The guitars are very fuzzy and have no real defenition, and neither do the majority of the riffs for that matter. It seems as though they have made the riffs with only one note but chugged at a different speed each time, no joke. However there are the bits when they use more of the guitar to create complicated and insane riffs.
The real good point of this album is the drums which are fantastic. Full of variation and the all important clicky bass drum. Vocal wise this album is very good also, the style on this album is deep, really deep, were not talking wussy nile here where his voice is struggling to go that low we are talking gutteral and nasty. They also have very good vocal arrangements. And the bass....who cares.
So overall this album is decent but dont buy it now. Its very dated.
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