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Review: Suffocation - Human Waste
Human Waste

Label: Relapse Records
Year released: 2000
Originally released in: 1994
Duration: 28:17
Tracks: 8
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: July 17, 2009
Reviewed by: Tony Augsburg
Readers Rating
Human Waste

Rated 4.31/5 (86.25%) (32 Votes)

This is the first release on Relapse Records on CD, and the first release from the legendary Suffocation on a label. The Human Waste continues on with what the original demo was doing, playing an early form of brutal Death/Thrash Metal. All of the songs have since been re-recorded on their other albums, with the exception of the song "Human Waste."

If you have ever seen Suffocation live you know that if they play any of these songs that it will be in the re-recorded form as opposed to the raw sounding Human Waste recordings. But I don't think that means the band doesn't like the originals. After all it is what made them. I have both the original and the remastered versions of this release; the only real difference is that it is louder. The remastered version includes the whole original demo as the last three tracks. If you read my review on that, you will know basically what this EP sounds like. The intensity of the songs just rip your face off. The drumming is top notch, blast beats to the seemingly perfect fills. The guitars shred out brutal thrash riffs and the bass goes right along. The vocals are different than what is to follow in Suffocation's career; they are harsh as opposed to the deep grunts/growls later on.

Suffocation is one of the most renowned bands in Death Metal history. Easily, I could say, my favorite band of all time. It was refreshing when I heard this EP for the first time and realized where the band had actually come from because my introduction to them was Effigy of the Forgotten. It is hard for me to imagine what the scene was actually like around the time of this EP's release - I was only 2 years old. But if anyone else was making music similar to this, I could only imagine the complete and total destruction of everything in its path.

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