Friday 16 March 2012
Suffocation - Effigy of the Forgotten (1991)
Suffocation is one of the main bands within the death metal genre. Their music and sound has been pretty much copied by the whole scene and the result was a genre that suffocated itself at the end of the 1990s due to lack of fresh air and new ideas.
Effigy of the Forgotten is their debut album and the follow up to their ground breaking Human Waste EP. Death metal was a pretty new genre at that time and this album set the tone, so to speak.
20 years later, Effigy of the Forgotten sounds a bit stale and dated. The music here is not particular technical. Neither is it melodic or innovative. The guttural vocals is the only refreshing here. I have really never warmed to Suffocation at all. Too generic and too dull in my view. Not enough interesting hooks. The sound is not particular good either. A decent album with a pretty big historical significance, but that is all.