Effigy of the Forgotten

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Effigy of the Forgotten
Studio album by Suffocation
Released October 22, 1991
Recorded 1991 at Morrisound Recording, in Tampa, Florida
Genre Technical death metal
Length 37:27
Label Roadrunner
Producer Scott Burns
Suffocation chronology
Human Waste
Effigy of the Forgotten
Breeding the Spawn
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Effigy of the Forgotten is the debut full-length album by New York-based death metal band Suffocation, released in 1991. The cover artwork was created by Dan Seagrave. 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.

Both this album and Pierced from Within have been re-released by Roadrunner Records as part of the Two from the Vault series.

The album was dedicated to the memory of Atheist bassist Roger Patterson, who had been killed in a car crash earlier in 1991.

Musical style[edit]

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 a lot of fast blast beats drumming and quick fills involved.

The slam found around the 2:50 mark within the track "Liege of Inveracity" is reportedly said to be the very first slam riff in death metal history.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Music Length
1. "Liege of Inveracity"   Josh Barohn, Doug Cerrito, Terrance Hobbs 4:30
2. "Effigy of the Forgotten"   Barohn, Cerrito, Hobbs 3:50
3. "Infecting the Crypts"   Barohn, Cerrito, Hobbs 4:49
4. "Seeds of the Suffering"   Cerrito, Hobbs, Frank Mullen 5:52
5. "Habitual Infamy"   Cerrito, Hobbs 4:16
6. "Reincremation"   Barohn, Cerrito, Hobbs, Mike Smith 2:54
7. "Mass Obliteration"   Barohn, Cerrito, Hobbs, Smith 4:32
8. "Involuntary Slaughter"   Hobbs, Mullen 3:02
9. "Jesus Wept"   Barohn, Cerrito, Hobbs 3:42
Total length:


  • Produced, engineered & mixed by Scott Burns
  • Mastered by Eddy Schreyer
Guest Musicians
  • George Fisher - Guest vocals on "Reincremation" and "Mass Obliteration".