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Excellent debut album from a great death metal band
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.