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    Effigy of the Forgotten

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    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.
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    Matt Bachand

    Matt Bachand is an American guitarist born on April 29, 1977. He has very strong death metal and thrash metal influences and he is also backing vocalist for the heavy metal band Shadows Fall. He is known for his deep growls or death growl which is often heard in death metal genre. In Shadows Fall, he can also be heard using a clean vocal style, such as in the song "What Drives the Weak." In his earlier days around the early through the mid 1990s he was a guitarist for the death metal band Exhumed (not the Deathgrind band) and played in another death metal band called Perpetual Doom for a little while. Matt and Jon formed Shadows Fall in late 1995 and released their first album Somber Eyes to the Sky in 1997, which was released through Matt Bachand's self-produced label Lifeless Records. He also played guitar and sang in a band called Empty, who released an 11-song CD,"Before the Sunrise", through Wilderness Records in 1996. The band's music is a far cry from heavy metal, and features Matt and Jeff Kukucka's harmonizing vocals together and playing acoustic guitars throughout. He will be the touring bassist on Times of Grace's upcoming European and North American tours. Bachand will
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    Somber Eyes to the Sky

    Somber Eyes to the Sky is the debut studio album by Shadows Fall, released in 1997 on Matt Bachand's own label Lifeless Records. This was the band's only release with lead singer Philip Labonte (All That Remains). All songs written and composed by Shadows Fall, except where noted.
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    Skinless was an American death metal band that was formed in 1992 and disbanded in 2011. Skinless was formed by Ryan Wade and Noah Carpenter in the town of South Glens Falls, New York. After relocating to various New York towns and cities such as Saratoga, Clifton Park, and Cohoes the band settled in Troy, New York. Skinless is known for its consistently intense performances, as well as for their lyrical mix of end-of-the-world cynicism and comedy, which at times satires well known death metal lyrics from bands such as Carcass and Cannibal Corpse and death metal in general. These lyrical themes are demonstrated in songs such as "The Optimist," about a crumbling human society, and "Tug of War Intestines," which depicts children playing schoolyard games with a surgery patient's internal organs. Recently, the band has occasionally brought the "Skinless Girl" on stage and let her be roughed up, covered in fake blood, while the band performed. Earlier in their careers, Skinless handed out long tubes of foam for the moshers to beat each other with while the band played. These tubes were nicknamed, "The Logs of Brutality". Their 1998 debut album, Progression Towards Evil, was an
    2 votes


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    Suffocation is an American death metal band that was formed in 1988 in Long Island, New York. The band comprises vocalist Frank Mullen, guitarists Terrance Hobbs and Guy Marchais, drummer Dave Culross and bassist Derek Boyer. Suffocation rose to prominence of death metal and created a blueprint for the genre for the 1990s with their 1991 debut album Effigy of the Forgotten. Suffocation released six studio albums. The band's raw death metal style uses guttural vocals with a downtuned guitar sound, fast complex guitar riffs and drumming, and a sophisticated sense of songwriting. described Suffocation's style as "brutal death metal". Suffocation was formed in 1988 in Long Island, New York, by vocalist Frank Mullen, bassist Josh Barohn, guitarists Guy Marchais and Todd German, and Barohn's friend on drums. Guitarists Terrance Hobbs and Doug Cerrito, along with drummer Mike Smith, former members of a local band Mortuary that disbanded at the time, joined Suffocation and created a new lineup with Mullen, Hobbs, Smith, Cerrito and Barohn. The quintet was mainly influenced by fellow American death metal bands as well as the British band Napalm Death and Brazilian
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    Doug Cerrito

    Doug Cerrito (born November 1969) is an American guitar player best known as the guitarist for New York death metal band Suffocation from 1990 until their split in 1998. He also played on death metal band Hate Eternal's debut Conquering the Throne, though he left the band shortly afterwards, and on the Paranoid Delusion EP by the band Welt. Doug has reportedly become a full-time engineer, and declined to rejoin Suffocation in 2002.
    1 votes
    Eaten Back to Life

    Eaten Back to Life

    Eaten Back to Life is the debut album by American death metal band Cannibal Corpse. It was released on 17 August 1990 through Metal Blade Records. The album was banned in Germany (censored versions were not available, but the ban was revoked in June 2006) and other countries because of the violent cover and the extreme nature of the lyrics. Glen Benton of Deicide and Francis H. Howard of Opprobrium (then known as Incubus) perform back-up vocals on "Mangled" and "A Skull Full of Maggots". The following statement can be found in the inlay of this album: "This album is dedicated to the memory of Alfred Packer, the first American cannibal (R.I.P.)" This album has stronger influences of thrash metal than their future releases, as well as a slightly varied vocal style. Their trademark style wasn't present until their following release Butchered at Birth. The remastered version includes a video of "Born In a Casket (live)" as well as a less saturated cover color, a new text scheme for the title, and the Fisher-era Cannibal Corpse text scheme. All song lyrics were written by Chris Barnes, except where noted.
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    Frank Mullen

    Frank Mullen, (born January 1970) is the vocalist of New York death metal band Suffocation, and met fellow band mates Mike Smith and Terrance Hobbs in high school. He is recognized to be among the first to bring low-pitched vocals in death metal. His approach on Effigy of the Forgotten could be considered to be the "blueprint" to the death growls as we know it today. Unlike some death metal vocalists, his lyrics are pronounced more clearly. He achieves this by simply opening his mouth wider, but still retaining his low-pitched growls. He is featured on the Suicide Silence song "Smashed". He is also known to wave his hand to the blast beats in Suffocation's songs, which can be seen when performing live and in videos. Mullen has a daughter, Rayna Mullen. Both of them live in Long Island, New York. Mullen enjoys listening to several different types of music. When interviewed on the question of what particular taste he has in what he listens to, he responded with, "I don’t know, I mean I listen to a little bit of everything, I’m a big fan of like Stevie Ray Vaughan, old hard rock, The Who, The Doors, Zeppelin. You know."
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