The Cleansing (album)

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The Cleansing
Studio album by Suicide Silence
Released September 18, 2007 (2007-09-18)
Recorded 2007 at King Size Soundlabs, Los Angeles, California
Genre Deathcore
Length 41:19
Label Century Media
Producer John Travis
Suicide Silence chronology
Suicide Silence EP
(2005)
The Cleansing
(2007)
No Time to Bleed
(2009)
Singles from The Cleansing
  1. "Green Monster"
    Released: December 1, 2008
For the 1994 album by Prong, see Cleansing (album).
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth.net 6.5/10 stars[2]
Chronicles of Chaos 7/10 stars[3]

The Cleansing is the debut album by the American deathcore band Suicide Silence. The album was released on September 18, 2007 through Century Media Records. Upon its release it debuted at #94 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 7,250 copies within the first week, and became one of the best-selling debut albums in Century Media history.

Background[edit]

Suicide Silence began recording The Cleansing during the first half of 2007 with John Travis as the chosen producer. On June 22, 2007 the complete track listing was confirmed online and the songs "Bludgeoned to Death" and "Unanswered" were released by the band via streaming media for promotion prior to the album's release.

The Cleansing was released on September 18, 2007 and debuted at #94 on the Billboard Top 200, selling 7,250 copies in the first week, and became one of the best-selling debut albums in Century Media history.[4][5] The record was also released on vinyl format, with a limited pressing of 2,000 copies.[6] Music videos have been released for the songs "Unanswered", "The Price of Beauty" and "Bludgeoned to Death". The music video for "The Price of Beauty" was banned from the MTV playlist for being deemed too "visually and lyrically explicit."[7]

The album cover artwork was designed by graphic artist Dave McKean.[8] The opening track, "Revelations (Intro)" includes a sound sample from the film Freddy vs. Jason. The hidden track, "Destruction of a Statue" features guest vocals by Nate Johnson, former vocalist of the bands Through the Eyes of the Dead and Deadwater Drowning and Fit for an Autopsy.[9]

Music videos[edit]

The videos were shot for the songs "Unanswered",[10] "The Price of Beauty",[11] "Bludgeoned to Death",[12]"No Pity for a Coward" (live version).[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Mitch Lucker, all music composed by Suicide Silence.

No. Title Length
1. "Revelations (Intro)"   0:33
2. "Unanswered"   2:15
3. "Hands of a Killer"   4:14
4. "The Price of Beauty"   2:45
5. "The Fallen"   4:07
6. "No Pity for a Coward"   3:11
7. "The Disease"   4:22
8. "Bludgeoned to Death" (titled "Bludgeoned" in its edited version) 2:35
9. "Girl of Glass"   2:52
10. "In a Photograph"   4:32
11. "Eyes Sewn Shut"   2:58
12. "Green Monster"   5:49
13. "Destruction of a Statue" (hidden track) 3:44
Total length:
41:19

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