Obituary - Obituary
Artist: Obituary Album: Obituary Genre: Death Metal
Review by Steve Jenkins
Writing a review for a band that's been dominating and pioneering an entire genre of music since before I was even born is a daunting task and quite intimidating. But it's easy in terms of being truthful about how well executed and incredibly fun it is to listen to the new self titled album by the successful band from Tampa, Florida.
Self Titled albums are always an important time in a bands career because let's face it, some of the biggest albums in heavy metal have been given the simple, yet important title. Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin and Iron Maiden, those are all examples of masterpieces when it comes to self titled albums. Now, in 2017 and ten albums into their illustrious career, Obituary have also joined the ranks of such bands by releasing one of their strongest and most well rounded albums to date. What you hear on an Obituary album is not your typical style of modern death metal. It's chunky, thrashy, murky and straight up heavy. It's not basic, but it's definitely your no-frills type of metal with all the core elements that draw the listener in for a masterclass in extreme.
The album starts off fast and furious with the opener 'Brave' kicking things into overdrive, where the drums are pummeling and the guitars are riffing hard. Tracks such as 'Sentence Day' and 'A Lesson In Vengeance' are brilliant showcases of guitarists Trevor Peres (member since 1984) and Kenny Andrews (member since 2012) ability to perform shredding solos and cracking hooks. Andrews fits in extremely well with this line up and whilst past guitarists (and there's a lot of them) of Obituary have all added their own slab of grisly groove, it becomes clear that Andrews dominates on this particular release. Things noticeably take a bit of a slower approach about halfway into the album, with a more dire and evil sound that is just so damn cool and is very reminiscent of early 90's Tampa Bay area death metal. The track 'It Lives' is a real highlight of the album, creating a horror vibe that bellows the chilling and raw vocals from John Tardy.
To still sound this damn good so deep into their career is truly an achievement in itself. The perfect combination of catchy-as-hell groove and clear cut death metal that just makes you bang you head whether you want to or not is truly refreshing and a pleasure to listen to. Being a fan of death metal and not hearing this album is just plain wrong, and for Obituary this is certainly a career defining moment for this legendary group of death metal veterans.
4 out of 5 stars.
Obituary's self-titled album is out now on Relapse Records. Buy on iTunes or stream on Spotify.
Check out the video for 'Turned To Stone' below: