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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).

Obituary are listed by Nielsen Soundscan as the fifth best-selling
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OBITUARY Discography

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OBITUARY Slowly We Rot album cover 3.66 | 28 ratings
Slowly We Rot
Death Metal 1989
OBITUARY Cause of Death album cover 4.09 | 30 ratings
Cause of Death
Death Metal 1990
OBITUARY The End Complete album cover 3.95 | 25 ratings
The End Complete
Death Metal 1992
OBITUARY World Demise album cover 4.17 | 21 ratings
World Demise
Death Metal 1994
OBITUARY Back From the Dead album cover 3.38 | 12 ratings
Back From the Dead
Death Metal 1997
OBITUARY Frozen in Time album cover 3.91 | 12 ratings
Frozen in Time
Death Metal 2005
OBITUARY Xecutioner's Return album cover 3.75 | 8 ratings
Xecutioner's Return
Death Metal 2007
OBITUARY Darkest Day album cover 3.67 | 10 ratings
Darkest Day
Death Metal 2009
OBITUARY Inked in Blood album cover 3.21 | 9 ratings
Inked in Blood
Death Metal 2014
OBITUARY Obituary album cover 3.97 | 11 ratings
Death Metal 2017

OBITUARY EPs & splits

OBITUARY Don't Care album cover 4.50 | 2 ratings
Don't Care
Death Metal 1994
OBITUARY Left to Die album cover 2.00 | 1 ratings
Left to Die
Death Metal 2008

OBITUARY live albums

OBITUARY Dead album cover 3.44 | 4 ratings
Death Metal 1998
OBITUARY Ten Thousand Ways to Die album cover 4.00 | 3 ratings
Ten Thousand Ways to Die
Death Metal 2016

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

OBITUARY re-issues & compilations

OBITUARY Anthology album cover 4.50 | 1 ratings
Death Metal 2001
OBITUARY The Best of Obituary album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Obituary
Death Metal 2008

OBITUARY singles (1)

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Don't Care
Death Metal 1994

OBITUARY movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)

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Frozen Alive
Death Metal 2007


OBITUARY Cause of Death

Album · 1990 · Death Metal
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1990 was basically a year for the heavy. More and more bands were finding the importance and extreme effectiveness of a damn good groove to maximize both heaviness and catchiness. Anthrax, Pantera, Slayer, and Testament delivered serious hooks to the thrash world and funk metal was starting to take off. Obituary staked their claim in turning the fast world of death metal into groove world.

Take that monster of Dying, it just immediately demands for headbanging and brings so many good riff hooks in one song before ending in a catchy doom crawl. The cymbal work in the end is a real nice subtle touch. The title track has some fantastic complimenting between the riffs, drums, and great vocal flow. The slow grind of Turned Inside Out is just an instant pump, and still switches up with even more great hooks. Might be my favorite song on here, but they're such fantastic songwriters that it's hard to pick.

It's hard to describe Obituary albums, as they deliver such a pure primal physical reaction to move your body to the cool sounds.


Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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There's nothing like some good groovy death metal with plenty of hooks and no band's delivered the goods to me more than Obituary. Album after album, the band's done little to change their sound and they have zero reason to. They're the perfect example of not messing with perfection.

It's another thing though to not only keep delivering the excellent music the band does best, but to release a particularly fantastic one decades later that stands up as one of my favorite albums from the band. Just like the band's classics of the 90's, Obituary's self-titled is a riff machine with monstrous grooves.

It's those extra hooks in the songwriting that make this such a particularly great album, with it being full of some of the band's catchiest songs. The likes of End It Now, Kneel Before Me, Turned to Stone, Straight to Hell, and especially Ten Thousand Ways to Die instantly catch my ear.

I can always expect a great album from Obituary, but this is my favorite since Frozen in Time, if not World Demise.

OBITUARY World Demise

Album · 1994 · Death Metal
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Pure unhinged brutality. No other band has captured the pummeling force, aggression, and punchy hooks of death metal like Obituary. It's all about the groove, and Obituary grooves every time. Opener Don't Care might be my all time favorite death metal song, it characterizes the sound so well. John Tardy's powerful guttural vocals sprawl along with the monstrous grooves. The title track, Redefine, Final Thoughts, and Kill for Me are a few more notable favorites. The latter includes some great tribal drumming towards the end, perhaps some influence from Sepultura. One of the best productions on a death metal album too, it encloses the listener into the music. Gives a new meaning to "surround sound".

Albums like Consuming Impulse and Piece of Time are close seconds, but World Demise has always been the definitive death metal album for my tastes. It's a hook-filled party of rage.


Album · 2017 · Death Metal
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Kev Rowland
Truly one of the originals of the death metal scene, Obituary's 'Slowly We Rot' from nearly thirty years is still highlighted by many as a classic, and it is incredible to see that three of the guys in that line-up are still here on the tenth studio album. When I heard that this album had been released I was incredibly excited, as I have always thought of Obituary as a band that will always deliver the goods, time after time. But, even though the band is tight, John's vocals are as raw as they have ever been, and they smash through one song after another there was just something missing for me, a spark, that magical item that lifted them out of the ordinary.

To be honest, I soon discovered that I was bored, which is never a good thing in any form of music, but with death metal? Really? When I started looking ahead to see how many songs there were still to play on the album I knew that something wasn't right. It's not that I have lost my love of the genre, in fact I listen to far more of it these days than I did ten or twenty years ago. A quick check of my collection made me realise something that surprised me, namely that although I do have four other albums by Obituary, the most recent is from twenty years ago. So possibly I have never been as much of a fan as I thought I was, and this album is unlikely to do anything to make me change that opinion. Thy will always be a favourite on the festival circuit, and I am sure that they are great in concert, but is this an album to rush out and buy? It's not bad, but it certainly isn't brilliant either.

OBITUARY World Demise

Album · 1994 · Death Metal
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So what do you do when you decide to pick up a first-time album by an established band with a decent-sized catalogue? Do you buy the debut or the most recent album? Do you buy the classic album or sift around on YouTube and buy the album you think sounds best? For Obituary, I decided on the fourth option, and based on sound alone, I decided that "World Demise" would be my first acquisition even though I knew the first three albums were generally held in higher regard.

My first two impressions were, "Man, there are a lot of blatant signs of Celtic Frost influence here," and "Why does John Tardy's vocal style remind me of an angry wrestler crying like a little boy?"

The first is easy to address. Obituary are influenced heavily by Celtic Frost and they don't hide it. The album is chock full of slow and medium-tempo ultra heavy riffs. The guitar sound too is heavy enough to sink wide holes into the pavement. It's this sound (let's credit the drums and bass for the music, too) that makes the album worth-while having, in my opinion. It's just consistent, brain-mulching, bone-crunching music.

But how about those vocals? I get where he's taking the vocals. They're rough and angry and slightly maniacal. However, I find a similarity to how Tardy delivers the words in many songs. It's like the second and fourth syllable have to be emphasized but in a way that really resembles an angry little boy but vocalizing like a WWF wrestler. Some variety would surely help this album, at least in the vocal department. "the woAARRlld deMIIIEEZZ..."

Though most of the songs follow a similar sound and style, honourable mention must go to "Redefine", which breaks the trend by having a radio broadcast, funky tune which gets treated over by the drums and bass. This gives the song a unique feel on the album. The other is the final track, "Kill for Me" because it includes sounds and music sampled from an album of African music. It doesn't mean that the song is freaking awesome but there is that different thing about it.

I'd say this is a pretty solid album. Even as a casual fan of the band, this album delivers a very satisfactory sonic atmosphere. I find I can listen this album without paying total attention. It just has a great sound to it from front to back. And those riffs!

I might have thought I don't need any more Obituary albums but I have now opened up the option to get "Cause of Death" or "The End Complete".

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