Chuck Schuldiner Project

Friday, February 17, 2017

Obituary - S/T

Obituary have been masters of their craft for over thirty years now and as with many other bands of their generation they are experiencing a bit of a second youth. While their peers in groups like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide are putting out some of the best records of their respective careers Obituary have stepped things up yet another notch with the Tardy brothers unleashing some of the most gleefully destructive and heavy death thrash that I have heard in a good long while. Bloodthirsty and fun, this gets to the spirit of the genre.

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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