Effigy of the Forgotten

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.

Effigy of the Forgotten
Studio album by
StudioMorrisound Recording, in Tampa, Florida
GenreTechnical death metal, brutal death metal[1]
ProducerScott Burns
Suffocation chronology
Human Waste
Effigy of the Forgotten
Breeding the Spawn
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

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 fellow metal band Atheist's bassist Roger Patterson, who had been killed in a car crash earlier in 1991.

Musical styleEdit

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 many fast blast beats drumming and quick fills involved.

The riff in the song "Liege of Inveracity" is often regarded as the first slam riff in metal.[2]

Track listingEdit

1."Liege of Inveracity"BarohnHobbs, Cerrito4:28
2."Effigy of the Forgotten"BarohnHobbs, Cerrito, Barohn3:47
3."Infecting the Crypts"CerritoHobbs, Cerrito, Barohn4:45
4."Seeds of the Suffering"MullenHobbs, Cerrito5:51
5."Habitual Infamy"CerritoHobbs, Cerrito4:15
6."Reincremation"Cerrito, BarohnCerrito, Smith2:52
7."Mass Obliteration"Smith, BarohnHobbs, Cerrito, Barohn4:30
8."Involuntary Slaughter"MullenHobbs3:00
9."Jesus Wept"BarohnHobbs, Cerrito3:38



Guest musician


  • Produced, engineered and mixed by Scott Burns
  • Mastered by Eddy Schreyer


  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Shteamer, Hank (November 19, 2018). "Farewell, Frank Mullen: Suffocation's Death-Metal Maestro Goes Out on Top". Rolling Stone. Retrieved September 9, 2019.