There is something incredibly youthful and beautifully organic about this latest offering from Obituary - perhaps that's what happens when you put out your self titled record after four decades of being a band. There is a certain power behind the grooves and a manic energy behind a lot of the riffing that makes me feel like the guys are young again. A band borne out of blasphemy, these Florida titans have made a point of bringing songwriting to the fore with Obituary and reminding us that while they may not be spring chickens anymore the guys can certainly still bring it with no small measure of aplomb.
Despite perhaps being the most refined Obituary record to date there is something incredibly devastating about the twisted vocal passages on songs like End It Now. In a world that seems to be falling apart and where so often we feel like we are flailing, unable to find a path forward, Obituary reminds us that true extreme metal will never die and that despite the darkness we may think that we are facing, death metal titans will always soldier on and even thirty three years in be able to create some of their best work to date.
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