Breeding the Spawn
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Album · 1993

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1. Beginning of Sorrow (4:17)
2. Breeding the Spawn (4:47)
3. Epitaph of the Credulous (3:44)
4. Marital Decimation (4:05)
5. Prelude to Repulsion (4:49)
6. Anomalistic Offerings (4:40)
7. Ornaments of Decrepancy (4:41)
8. Ignorant Deprivation (4:51)

Total Time: 35:58


- Doug Cerrito / Guitar
- Terrance Hobbs / Guitar
- Chris Richards / Bass
- Mike Smith / Drums
- Frank Mullen / Vocals

About this release

Full-length, Roadrunner Records, May 18th, 1993

Produced by Paul Bagin & SUFFOCATION
Engineered and Mixed by Paul Bagin
Recorded and Mixed at Noise Lab, West Islip NY USA
Mastered by Chris Gebringer at The Hit Factory DMS, New York NY USA

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Genre: brutal death metal

Yes, the production on this album sucks, and that is a big problem with the type of music that Suffocation plays, because, while brutal, it is also very technical and there are a lot of details which require that the production be crystal clear but at the same time brutal sounding. So, when Roadrunner denied Suffocation the opportunity to record with Scott Burns in Morrisound, they really fucked up big time.

The music itself is, as mentioned, technical brutal death metal with lots of changes and multiple riffs and sections per song, which is of course something that Suffocation excel at. Compared to their other output, however, I think that musically "Breeding the Spawn" is not exactly up to scratch. While the musicianship is top notch, the album is characterized by an overall sense of sameyness. And it does not do any favors to "Breeding the Spawn" that it is sandwiched between "Effigy of the Forgotten" (1991) and "Pieced from Within" (1995). These two releases are classics and they make "Breeding the Spawn" seem even weaker.

The growled vocals, I think, are not too impressive either on this release, and are generally characterized by monotony. They become pretty boring and annoying to listen to.

That being said, there are a lot of interesting things on this album, and certainly enough to make it worth checking out and even purchasing.
Breeding the Spawn is the 2nd full-length studio album by American, New York based death metal act Suffocation. Alledgedly economical circumstances meant that Suffocation were not allowed, by their record company Roadrunner Records, to record Breeding the Spawn at Morrisound Studios even though they had achived great success in that studio when they recorded their debut full-length studio album Effigy of the Forgotten (1991). The band had wanted to work with producer Scott Burns again but that was denied too. So Suffocation ended up recording the album at Noise Lab, West Islip NY USA with producer Paul Bagin. The turmoil surrounding the recording process alledgedly led to the departure of drummer Mike Smith soon after the release of Breeding the Spawn.

...and the turmoil is unfortunately also felt when you listen to the album. Roadrunner Records decision not to allow Suffocation to use Morrisound Studios again is close to sabotage IMO. I don´t think I´ve ever read a review of Breeding the Spawn where the production isn´t mentioned as a weak point. Especially compared to the strong and brutal production on Effigy of the Forgotten. While the sound isn´t all bad it´s very raw and lacks punch. It simply sounds amaturish when compared to the sound on Effigy of the Forgotten.

The music on the album continues down the same path as the music on the debut album, which means brutal technical death metal. The musicianship is excellent. The songs still sound a bit too much the same for my taste, but taken one by one they are excellent compositions. Brutal and packed with technical playing, blast beats and brick heavy breakdowns. The vocals are again totally undecipherable and really brutal.

Breeding the Spawn is bound to be a disappointment after the groundbreaking and well sounding Effigy of the Forgotten, but if you can endure the weak production, the music on the album still occasionally shines and a 3 - 3.5 star rating is deserved despite the obvious flaws.

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