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This album is yet another case of a band being forced by their record label to record in a studio they didn’t like, and it shows in the music. The biggest problem with this album is the weak production. The guitar tone is very thin, the bass is almost inaudible, and the bass drums sound like a couple of deflated basketballs. The sub-par production saps a lot of power out of the songs, in my opinion.
The second problem is, the songwriting seems a bit rushed. Some of the songs don’t flow very smoothly; they just seem like a bunch of riffs thrown together. The song structures, while still very complex, are not as well thought-out as on the godly “Effigy of the Forgotten.” Looking on the bright side, though, the riffs on this album are T-Bones.
Highlights include Chris Richards’ bass solo on “Epitaph of the Credulous”, the fantastic title track, as well as the numerous outstanding riffs scattered throughout the album.
Bottom line, not Suffocation’s best, but also not as bad as some people make it out to be.