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Obituary are one of the pioneering bands of the death metal genre. The band came from Tampa, Florida, and was founded as Executioner in 1985 and then changed their name to xecutioner to avoid confusion with the other one. In 1988, shortly before the release of their first album "Slowly We Rot", they changed their name to Obituary. Obituary still remain an influential band in the Florida death metal movement that arose in the late 1980s. The 1990 release "Cause of Death" featured James Murphy on guitar (Cancer and Disincarnate) replacing Allen West for unknown reasons. This release has been described as a seminal album in the Death Metal genre. Vocalist John Tardy is recognized as one of the first vocalists to use an abnormally low growl (compared to the screechy growls used by predecessors Death and Possessed).

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OBITUARY albums / top albums

.. Album Cover 3.98 | 23 ratings
Slowly We Rot
Death Metal 1989
.. Album Cover 3.85 | 24 ratings
Cause of Death
Death Metal 1990
.. Album Cover 4.17 | 17 ratings
The End Complete
Death Metal 1992
.. Album Cover 4.07 | 15 ratings
World Demise
Death Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 3.72 | 9 ratings
Back From the Dead
Death Metal 1997
.. Album Cover 4.30 | 9 ratings
Frozen in Time
Death Metal 2005
.. Album Cover 4.12 | 6 ratings
Xecutioner's Return
Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.40 | 7 ratings
Darkest Day
Death Metal 2009
.. Album Cover 3.71 | 7 ratings
Inked in Blood
Death Metal 2014
.. Album Cover 4.33 | 6 ratings
Obituary
Death Metal 2017

OBITUARY EPs & splits

.. Album Cover 4.95 | 2 ratings
Don't Care
Death Metal 1994
.. Album Cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Left to Die
Death Metal 2008

OBITUARY live albums

.. Album Cover 3.26 | 3 ratings
Dead
Death Metal 1998
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Frozen Alive
Death Metal 2007
.. Album Cover 4.23 | 3 ratings
Ten Thousand Ways to Die
Death Metal 2016

OBITUARY demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

OBITUARY re-issues & compilations

.. Album Cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Anthology
Death Metal 2001
.. Album Cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Obituary
Death Metal 2008

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Don't Care
Death Metal 1994

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OBITUARY The End Complete

Album · 1992 · Death Metal
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Having hit their brutal stride on Cause of Death, Obituary took a "if it ain't broke, why fix it?" approach to The End Complete, offering up nine more morbid meditations on the lapse into oblivion and putrescence that awaits us all. At 36 minutes it certainly can't be accused of outlasting its welcome, and to be honest this was probably a smart move - otherwise the lack of significant musical development over Cause of Death might have become an issue. As it stands, to a certain extent The End Complete boils down to "Cause of Death, only with Allen West back in the guitar position", and on balance that's all it really needed to be.

OBITUARY Slowly We Rot

Album · 1989 · Death Metal
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"Memento mori" - remember that you will die. It's a dreadful fact that we spend much of our lives distracting ourselves from or finding a way to come to terms with that lessens the impact, and at the same time it's also a dark truth that Obituary are intent on confronting you with on their debut album. Fronted by the ominous, menacing John Tardy, Obituary offer a grotesque and brutal journey straight into the grave. Veering away from the fantastic occultism of Florida death metal peers like Deicide or Morbid Angel, Obituary stare death in the face before nodding in grim approval.

OBITUARY Obituary

Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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UMUR
"Obituary" is the eponymously titled 10th full-length studio album by US, Florida based death metal act Obituary. The album was released through Relapse Records in March 2017. It´s the successor to "Inked in Blood" from 2014 and features the exact same lineup who recorded the predecessor. According to the band it marks the first Obituary release with noteworthy songwriting contributions from bassist Terry Butler and lead guitarist Kenny Andrews. The release of "Inked in Blood (2014)" was followed by heavy touring activities, which subsequently led to the release of the live album "Ten Thousand Ways to Die (2016)". A live album which also featured two studio tracks in "Loathe" and "Ten Thousand Ways to Die". The latter track is also included on this album, while "Loathe" has been left off.

Releasing an eponymously tited album is usually something artists do to send a signal to the world. Sometimes to signal that the artist feels that the album is the essence of what the artist is about, or to signal that it´s the strongest material that they´ve written, a return to the roots, or a shift in sound. It can basically mean a lot of different things, but in the case of "Obituary", it´s probably a celebration that it´s the now 10th album release by the pioneering Florida death metal act. In this case it certainly doesn´t mean a shift in sound or a return to the roots, because Obituary never really left their roots, and stylistically the material on the 11 track, 36:28 minutes long album pretty much continues down the same old school death metal path as the one tread on "Inked in Blood (2014)" and as such on all the preceeding releases. Obituary have always been remarkably consistent in sound and style, and while it´s not always a strength that an artist doesn´t develop their sound much over the years, there are a few exceptions to that rule, and one of those exceptions are Obituary.

So every Obituary trademark element is in place as usual, from the distinct sounding guitar tone, to the well played guitar solos, to the heavy brutal grooves, to John Tardy´s unique and ultra brutal growling vocals. The material is well written and quite effective, but also a bit one-dimensional. The pace is changed a couple of times, and there are a few faster paced tracks on the album, but mostly we´re treated to heavy mid-paced and ultra heavy tempi. The trademark Obituary grooves are here in abundance, and tracks like "Turned to Stone", "Betrayed", and "Ten Thousand Ways to Die" represent that part of the band´s sound. As it´s almost always the case on Obituary´s releases not all tracks stand out equally much. It´s not a major issue, but the overall quality of the album would have been higher if all tracks were as catchy as the best ones.

That´s about my only gripe with this self-titled release, that is otherwise another high quality brutal kick in the nuts by one of the legends of the genre. The sound production is also powerful, raw, and brutal, and although I don´t count the sound among their best productions, it´s still well sounding and suits the material well. The band are as well playing/singing as ever, so upon conclusion this is another quality death metal release by Obituary. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

OBITUARY Obituary

Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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I must admit that I don’t usually get excited at the prospect of a new Obituary album, interested yes but rarely more than that. Considering their importance in death metal, one of the originals etc, I find this strange to say the least. First of theirs I ever bought was Cause Of Death back in 1990 (didn’t hear Slowly We Rot until later as it happens), generally regarded as one of their best and my penchant for Celtic Frost style guitar riffs certainly helped me enjoy that but John Tardy’s strangled growl wasn’t an easy listen for me, though time has tempered that feeling and his voice for that matter. Since then I’ve heard good and not so good Obituary and there’s at least a couple of their albums I don’t recall hearing at all. Now don’t ask me why but some reason my interest was piqued by this eponymous new release and I even pre-ordered a vinyl copy. I’m really glad I did as it’s brilliant!

There’s no particular reason why this self-titled album should be better than the last few as they haven’t deviated from their formulaic no-nonsense traditional death metal with groove approach. It’s Obituary doing pretty much what they’ve always done. That Celtic Frost guitar sound is still present - not quite as obvious as in the past, though there are moments where it’s unmistakeable and Tardy’s vocals are less extreme these days too. Why it’s so good is for starters the production is spot on - Clear and powerful with everything sitting well in the mix. Mostly though it’s a killer collection of songs that make it. Ten songs at only thirty three minutes is a short album but fortunately they don’t waste any of it. Brave and Sentence Day make a strong start. Both pretty pacey, packing powerful and memorable riffs and the pair of them all done in less than five minutes. There’s also the slower groove based stuff the first being A Lesson In Vengeance and features some fine lead work from Kenny Andrews. End It Now is the best of both worlds with its fast rolling triplet kick drum pattern though slowing down for a more groove orientated section. Without going into every song individually the rest of the album maintains the high standards set early on making it one of, if the not the most consistent Obituary album since the early days.

If you’re looking for innovation look elsewhere, there’s no great leap in style from past Obituary but if you enjoy this band this is an essential album for you. Right now I’m enjoying this more than any Obituary album and put it up there with their best no problem. My only complaint is at the length of the album the bonus track No Hope on the CD could have easily fit on the vinyl version too.

OBITUARY Ten Thousand Ways to Die

Live album · 2016 · Death Metal
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"Ten Thousand Ways To Die" is a live album release by US, Florida based death metal act Obituary. The album was released through Relapse Records in October 2016. While "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" is primarely a live release, it actually opens with two new studio tracks in "Loathe" and the title track. Both new studio tracks pretty much continue down the old school death metal road of the band´s past material. "Loathe" is a slow, heavy, and relatively repetitive track, while "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" is a slightly more catchy, powerful, and groove laden track. Both are quality compositions, and proof that Obituary still have a lot to offer.

The eleven live tracks featured on "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" are recorded at various shows in the US and Canada. So it´s not a full concert you get here although it could have been because it´s mixed the way it is. The setlist is a good representation of an Obituary live set at this point in the band´s career. There are couple of tracks from "Inked in Blood (2014)" and "Redneck Stomp" from "Frozen in Time (2005)" (which represent the post-reunited material of the band), but other than that all tracks are culled from either "Slowly We Rot (1989)" or "Cause of Death (1990)" (except "Don't Care" from "World Demise (1994)"), which represent the early days of the band. It´s probably a setlist which will satisfy most fans, but personally I miss a couple of tracks from "The End Complete (1992)".

With that little issue aired, the performance of the material is top notch and the sound quality is also of a high quality considering that this is a death metal live album. One of the great assets of the release is that you can often hear the audience, feedback from the guitars, and other natural live "noises", which all help make "Ten Thousand Ways To Die" an authentic sounding release. A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) rating is deserved.

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