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Effigy of the Forgotten

SuffocationAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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listen  2. Effigy Of The Forgotten 3:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  4. Seeds Of The Suffering 5:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Few bands can be credited with creating a legacy, however, legendary New York based extreme metal outfit SUFFOCATION have done just that. For 20 years now SUFFOCATION have been creating music that has become the very standard by which we judge all things extreme.

Their fusion of technicality, groove and sheer unrelenting brutality has been imitated but never quite duplicated. Milestone ... Read more in Amazon's Suffocation Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 22, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Roadrunner Records
  • ASIN: B000000H7I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I like Pierced from Within slightly more . . . March 21, 2002
Format:Audio CD
But this is still about as good as brutal death metal gets. "Pierced" sounds a little more polished to me, not only in production, but in songwriting. And "Pierced" has a little more variation in songs. But "Effigy" is still more or less essential if you're serious about Death Metal.
Mike Smith's drumming is creative and excellent and the Hobbs and Cerito twin guitar attack may be my favorite in the whole Death Metal genre. Mullin's vocals are almost impossible to decipher on this album (not so on "Pierced"). However, he is probably my favorite brutal DM vocalist overall.
The cool thing about Suffocation is that repeated listenings reveal a little more detail. There are always hooks and changes in the songs that keep jumping out at you, which is what seperates this band from some of the "sonic sludge" you get in a lot of extreme metal.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heavy stuff, grows on you, then you're addicted March 19, 2001
By "nasho"
Format:Audio CD
I consider this as among the top 5 metal album I have listened to. I don't really know how to review it in technical terms and I'm lazy to try, so I'll just describe it in a few simple words: I'll kill if this cd is taken from me.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get me a cigarrete October 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Geez, what a pleasure. Is Suffocation. The Grandfathers of GOOD Technical Death Metal. By many considered their best and my personal favorite. Guitar Solos that kill the speakers. Heavy AS HELL Riffs. A drummer that kicks an ALMOST INFINITE amount of a$$ and a vocalist that has one of the best growlings in the business. Suffocation delivers top quality music (You guys know that anyway. If you are here, you are not one of those ignorant douche bags that can't come up with something other than a lame "This is just noise" comment)

This is the stuff that must be played in the cars. This is the stuff that must be played in the radio. I don't know you, but any time I can, I deliver some Suffocation into the ears of my friends (Although I stop when they began praying for their lives).

They have said a bunch of times but I gotta say it too.

IS SUFFOCATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best band ever. Their best CD ever. March 15, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
For a first full-length release, I don't think it has ever been better, for any band, in any genre of music, in history. That is an objective fact. Suffocation, with "Effigy of the Forgotten", basically solidified their place in metal history with this insane, brutal, beautiful work. To begin with, Frank's vocals on here are his absolute best; they function as a 5th instrument, and are simply amazing. The guitar work of Hobbs and Cerrito is, as always, superb; they have a distinctive writing style that is evident on some of Cerrito's writing for Hate Eternal. Here, it is killer. Mike Smith, as a drummer, is possibly the most precise, tight, skilled percussionist I have ever had the pleasure to hear. His mastery of the double bass intricacies results in a fluid, almost organic display of drumming prowess on this album. This may sound overly flowery, but it is deserving. You will not find a better example of beautifully crafted brutality ever again. Not even Nile and Cryptopsy can touch this one. Do yourself a favor, and buy it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By 2C
Format:Audio CD
What can one say, that hasn't already been said, about the most imitated band within the death metal genre? Suffocation have influenced legions of bands who have came after them; and after 15 years, they have been able to maintain their status as the most brutal band in existence (a direct quote from legendary producer Scott Burns), literally leaving all others in their dust. Furthermore, they remain at the pinnacle of death metal music and continue to be the band that all others seem to aspire to, but can never quite surpass.

With that said, "Effigy of the Forgotten" remains THE defining album of Suffocation's illustrious career, not only for the band, but for death metal as well. Below is my analysis of what makes this album a "must own" for any true fan of death metal.

1) Sheer brutality. As hard as any death metal fan may look, a more brutal album simply will not be found (though "Demigod" from Behemoth is slightly more intense and manages to be a little faster). "Effigy of the Forgotten" is relentless, raw, inaccessible, and brutal death metal to its very core. At the risk of resurrecting and tired and overused cliché, I must say that if one were to look for the meaning of death metal in the dictionary, "Effigy of the Forgotten" would be the album referenced in such a definition. It contains all of the elements which characterize death metal: (a) growling and indecipherable vocals which will amaze the listener that a human being could maintain such a prolonged assault on the vocal cords - Frank Mullin is truly a gifted death metal vocalist, (b) sheer speed which never lets up, and (c) down-tuned guitars played with a precision technicality that could split hairs (solos included).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death-grind tour de force February 20, 2008
Format:Audio CD
One has to wonder just how many instruments Suffocation went through when recording their first full-length album, 1991's godly "Effigy of the Forgotten," almost two decades ago. Chances are, the number of picks, strings, fretboards, drums, and sticks were shredded, set ablaze, and pounded into splinters at the hands of this Long Island, New York-based quintet, it was in the neighborhood of a thousand. But whatever that number was, it was worth it, because the album turned out to be the band's breakthrough release, as well as an incredibly masterful and influential extreme metal landmark that would go on to inspire a whole new generation of bands.

"EotF" is a truly uncompromising, relentlessly smoldering, massively devastating, and, well, suffocating aural onslaught. It is as technical as death metal gets, and it is so fast and brutal that it also borders on grindcore. Every band member is at the top of his game here, but especially noteworthy mention goes to the guitar duo from hell: Terrance Hobbs and Doug Cerrito, who now undeniably deserve to be mentioned in the same breath as Slayer's Kerry King and Jeff Hanneman. Both axemen are equally amazing, and their playing is just flat-out mind-blowing in its sophistication, brilliance, talent, and perfection. They display their talents by unleashing an utterly insane, inventive, and crushing collage of excellent, savage, dizzingly intricate dogfight riffs, impossibly technical, airtight, smoke-inducing leads, and great solos. Meanwhile, Josh Barohn's good bass lines and Mike Smith's fabulously fast and impeccable drumming (i.e.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Fraud
The product does not match that described on page shortly serious seller. Very upset with this purchase
Published 2 months ago by John Piñeros Muñoz
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece in every sense.
This debut album from one of the most respected bands in Death Metal, is truly a masterpiece. If you are a true fan of Death Metal, then this is an album you NEED for your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Who can forget Effigy?
Suffocation are one of THE death metal innovators as they were the first to really incorporate brutality and heaviness with a very structured and technical song writing approach. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Metalhead74
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
This album and this band are simply Brilliant. You have to hear it for yourself. Buy the "2 from the vault" series from Roadrunner which comes with Effigy and Pierced from within... Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by Michael Slessor
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs More Diversity, but Good Musicianship.
The musicianship and effort put into making this album is tremendous. The problem is all the songs pretty much sound the same (to me). Read more
Published on February 28, 2012 by Craig Hamilton
5.0 out of 5 stars destiny has only begun, to torture future minds...
...No words necessary here for this one...An essential and defining moment in early DM history...Considered by some (and rightly so) to be the origin and blueprint of brutal tech... Read more
Published on October 7, 2010 by Carrion Kind
5.0 out of 5 stars Ferocious
Arguably one of the most brutal albums ever made, Suffocation's much lauded classic "Effigy of the Forgotten" stands as a testament to metal's ability to make you want to get up... Read more
Published on May 13, 2010 by Flower Child
5.0 out of 5 stars Destroys in every aspect
This album decimates, and that's all there is to it. You will not find any other album as heavy and original as this in the death metal genre. Read more
Published on November 2, 2009 by Nicholas J. Gregory
I want say alot. But this album makes even cannibal corpse sound like wimps and musically this guys take death metal in another level theres no other band in death metal that knows... Read more
Published on June 26, 2009 by Irene Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect, for what it is
I mostly wanted to write this review because I noticed that a number of people were saying that poor drumming lowers the quality of this album. Read more
Published on August 31, 2007 by Joe Omundson
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