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on 3 November 2003
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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on 2 November 2013
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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on 5 June 2016
Absolute essential death metal album. One of the most original bands, maybe not on this album but definitely on " Obscura" . Only disappointment is that it was advertised with autorip but didn't come :(
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on 3 July 2014
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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VINE VOICEon 23 August 2005
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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on 25 August 2002
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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on 6 February 2014
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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on 1 January 2016
Great Album, AAA+++
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on 17 September 2001
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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