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Review: Suffocation - Reincremated

Label: Independent
Year released: 1990
Duration: 8:52
Tracks: 3
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: April 8, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Readers Rating

Rated 4.46/5 (89.23%) (13 Votes)

This is the demo that started it all for Suffocation, three songs that show the youth and the skill of the band members. Suffocation is arguably one of the most consistent bands of all times, putting out quality releases one after another. So of course after first listening to the albums many times and actually acquiring the physical demo I had to hear what started it all.

Hearing all of these songs in their original version kind of hurt the ears at first, even though the sound was a lot better than other demos of the time, still sounding very quiet as if it was recorded from a distance. This demo not only got a band signed to a big-time label that was very good back in the day, it started the beginning of a genre: Technical Brutal Death Metal. The songs surely are technical and brutal; oftentimes the problem with a young band is that they fail to keep the song structure or there are obvious flaws in craftsmanship. Such is not the case with this demo; the songs are furious and intense, letting fans of the time know that the band was ready to destroy faces and kill the unborn.

As a blatant fan boy, of Suffocation it truthfully does hurt me not to give their first release a perfect score. As my favorite band they will always have a special place in my heart, but also the demo does leave more to be desired. I do not know if my opinion would have been different if I heard this demo at the time of its release, or just simply before I heard their other releases. Reincremated is an important part of Death Metal history and brought the band to what they are today, influencing many other bands.

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