Onset of Putrefaction

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Onset of Putrefaction
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Studio album by Necrophagist
Released September 14, 1999
Recorded August, 1998 - April, 1999
Genre Technical death metal
Length 35:51
Label Willowtip Records
Producer Muhammed Suiçmez
Necrophagist chronology
Onset of Putrefaction
2004 re-issue cover
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Onset of Putrefaction is the debut album by German technical death metal band Necrophagist. It was recorded almost solely by the band's founder, guitarist and vocalist Muhammed Suiçmez. He recorded all the vocal tracks and programmed the drum tracks with the help of a computer. The bass and guitar tracks were mostly recorded by him, with a few ones being recorded by former Necrophagist members - Jochen Bittmann recorded a few bass tracks, and Bjoern Vollmer recorded a few parts of Extreme Unction's guitar solo.


The original version of the album was very difficult to obtain, due to distribution problems with the label that owned the rights. Willowtip Records founder Jason Tipton described the situation in an interview:

I first heard Onset in 2000 and I started emailing Muhammed, then asking about releasing it in the US and stuff. Muhammed always wanted it to happen, but things were a complete mess. He had signed a really bad contract and his label had gone out of business and the rights to that album were sold to another company. So this company owned the rights to the CD and they were near impossible for anyone to deal with, in fact they weren't doing their job at all. They didn't really care at all about the band, didn't have the CD in press. It was a complete mess.


The 2004 re-release of Onset of Putrefaction is a remixed, resampled and remastered edition, including vastly improved drum samples used by the drum machine (with the help of newly recruited drummer Hannes Grossmann) compared with the 1999 release of the album.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Muhammed Suiçmez.

No. Title Length
1. "Foul Body Autopsy" 1:55
2. "To Breathe in a Casket" 5:43
3. "Mutilate the Stillborn" 3:45
4. "Intestinal Incubation" 4:13
5. "Culinary Hyperversity" 5:06
6. "Advanced Corpse Tumor" 5:29
7. "Extreme Unction" 4:48
8. "Fermented Offal Discharge" 4:42
Total length: 35:51
2004 re-issue bonus tracks
No. Title Length
9. "Dismembered Self-Immolation" ((Demo '95)) 3:58
10. "Pseudopathological Vivisection" ((Demo '95)) 2:38
Total length: 42:06


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[2]


  • Muhammed Suiçmez – vocals, guitars, bass guitar, drum programming
  • Jochen Bittmann – additional bass guitar
  • Bjoern Vollmer – guitar solo on "Extreme Unction"
  • Hannes Grossmann - additional drum programming (2004 re-release)
  • Produced by Muhammed Suiçmez


  1. ^ Willowtip Records interview // Interviews // Features // Lambgoat
  2. ^ York, William. "Onset of Putrefaction". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 26 September 2011.