Death metal is possibly the most widespread, renowned, and frowned upon the style of metal in the entire fucking world. And, as with all genres, there are titans that simply dominate the genre and always will. Obituary is one of them for death metal, no question. They’ve been kings for over 30 years, and have no sign of slowing down. Should you’ve any doubt otherwise, their self-titled record shows they definitely still have what it takes to be one of the lords of death metal.
Very, very, very few bands can last as long as Obituary has and not gone through at least one sort of change in terms of how the band plays. Cannibal Corpse has shifted, Six Feet Under has changed in some regards, and even Deicide has mixed things up a bit. However, the Florida legend that is Obituary has remained relatively unchanged throughout what is now ten studio records, and they’ve yet to wane in quality for even a single iota. This new self-titled only upholds that, and the band delivers in the fantastically gruesome artistry that they always have. Ten tracks, classic sounding death metal, unrelenting speed, and an overwhelming sense of mass destruction are the core elements of what Obituary throw down with this album, and they all come together so seamlessly to make this headbanging experience that few other bands can duplicate. But there’s only one Obituary, and the years have no effect here as this record makes it feel like Obituary are still back in the prime of their lives where intensity flowed from their fingertips and death metal mastery was – and still is – second nature. There’s no wasted time within these tracks with every song being quick, brutal, and having an eternal mosh attitude that never gets old even after hearing the whole album multiple times. And I mean multiple!
Being in existence for decades takes a toll on absolutely everything especially a band, but Obituary stands as tall as they did at the very beginning of their legendary career. Obituary have, and always will be, legends for all of death metal, and this self-titled record only further cements that. It highlights everything marvelous and brilliant about the band. Truly, an experience that any fan of both death metal and this landmark band will want to experience over and over again.
“Obituary” releases on March 17th via Relapse Records!
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