(8/10) Obituary belongs to the generation of death metal bands that acted as pioneers for this entire genre. Tampa, Florida became a stronghold for US-based death metal, being also the home base for Obituary. The debut of this fivepiece band started a new area of death metal. “Slowly We Rot” was a brutal and basic sound assault that got a lot of attention at that time and still belongs to the milestones in metal history. What led to the final breakthrough was the next longplayer “Cause of Death” that includes classics such as “Body Bag” and “Chopped in Half”.
27 years later Obituary is still a strong player in metal with a new album in the pipeline. Three years after the well-done “Inked in Blood” release the quintet from Florida recorded a new record. Their tenth disc is a self-titled album that includes ten new death metal anthems.
“Obituary” was recorded in the bands home studio in Tampa, Florida and it’s a proof that 30 years in business doesn’t mean that you necessarily need to become tired. The guys got older, the songs became more mature, but in the end it’s the intensity and the uncompromised rawness of each of the songs that makes “Obituary” to what it is – another great death metal album that shows the band at its best.
The guys don’t waste time and start in full blast. “Brave”, the opener, is a fast and furious track. This album doesn’t come with any intro or warm-up phase. “Brave” is a first sonic smash into your face. You might not be fully recovered from this first song when facing the next one. “Sentence Day” continues where “Brave” ended. The pace of these two tracks is amazing with the latter including brilliant leads.
Obituary is also known for more moderate paced tracks with a mighty groove embedded. “Lesson in Vengeance” is the first song of this kind on the new album. It’s with three minutes also ‘much’ longer than the opening double-header before the great “End it Now” takes over. With an almost epical length of four minutes the song overruns everything that’s in its way. After the blast in the beginning it’s the groove that takes over step by step, esp. in the second half, leading to songs like “Straight to Hell” which sounds like slowly moving stream of lava, running down the vulcano. It is a 100% Obituary song and I think it’s one of the best ones on an excellent album. But what impressed me most is the almost doom-based middle section. This part gave me the shivers. Death metal can’t be more intense than what this song offers.
This self-titled death metal beast is another cornerstone in Obituary’s extensive discography. The guys underline again that they belong to the innovators of death metal and “Obituary” proves that are still on top of things. This longplayer is another jaw-dropping experience for oldschool fans and death metal rookies.
- Sentence Day
- Lesson in Vengeance
- End It Now
- Kneel Before Me
- It Lives
- Turned to Stone
- Straight From Hell
- Ten Thousand Ways to Die
Label: Relapse Records
Genre: Death Metal
Release Date EU: March 17th, 2017