Album Rating: 4.0
"Suffocation’s Effigy of The Forgotten, memorable for both its enclosing, viably brutal sound, it’s melody, and its ability for the listeners to easily remember the experience. While melody doesn’t seem like a big part, it’s just as essential to Suffocation’s sound as brutality."
Great album, but I can't disagree more with the theme of this review. This sucker is so dense and hard to fully appreciate at first - it takes multiple listens, which I think you suggest later in your review. Also, Suffocation write almost exclusively in the chromatic scale which is a sequence of half steps. The end result is rather atonal and lacks conventional melody. Don't get me wrong, this is a great album - but the melody you speak to just isn't there. At least, it isn't there in any conventional musical sense of the word.
To get my point, listen to a classic OSDM release like this and then listen to a classic NBM release like Emporer's Nightside Eclipse. Then you will see what I mean about melody. Hell - Most of the Florida DM acts used melody more than the New York Scene did - like Morbid Angel, Death - both used more conventional scales, melodies, and even harmonies at times.