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Human Waste
November 2000
Released: 2000, Relapse Records
Rating: 3.0/5
Reviewer: Nathan Robinson

Here it is…the first CD ever released by Relapse Records! Human Waste was originally released in 1991 and has recently been reissued. I don’t know if the album was out of print, but if it was, kudos to Relapse for resurrecting a classic death metal monstrosity! Human Waste is surely not Suffocation’s brightest moment, but the recording is pioneering in its own right. Cacophonous production, manic guitars and drums, chaotic songwriting, and cupped-mouth vocals create a death metal wall-of-sound which has served as an inspiration to many followers. If you own this CD already, there is really no need to purchase this reissue. I have seen it listed in catalogs as having “updated” artwork. This is absolutely false. I already owned the original when I ordered the reissue. Basing my purchase on the advertised statements, I was disappointed when I received the CD. The front cover artwork is identical to the original, and the rest of the packaging is practically the same. Nothing new has been added to this reissue…no bonus tracks, no extra liner notes, no lyrics, no band photos, nothing. It would be great to see these things, but oh well. The only real difference is that the reissue has been remastered. And even then, I can’t tell that much of a significant difference in sound. If Human Waste wasn’t out of print, then I’m not sure what the purpose was in reissuing it. But if you’re a Suffocation fan and don’t have this album, you need it. Here’s a cool albeit un-updated Suffocation site for your viewing pleasure: Visit to buy this CD.

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