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.
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. The record was also released on vinyl format, with a limited pressing of 2,000 copies.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."