Obituary by ObituaryRelease date: March 17, 2017
Label: Relapse Records
Following 2014’s Inked In Blood was always going to be a tricky one for Obituary, that album having been heralded as something of a celebrated and well received comeback for the band, but they have taken this in their stride (this is the band who followed the classic Cause Of Death with the even more classic The End Complete after all). This new self-titled album shows the band continuing their rich vein of form and showing off their new lease of life (and death!).
From the start of speedy opener ‘Brave’, John Tardy’s vocals are still completely unmistakable (and further cements his reputation as one of metal’s finest ever voices). Alongside him, the rest of Obituary are on fine form throughout as they blast through the album with reckless abandon. Bassist Terry Butler and drummer Donald Tardy in particular are on superb form and are definitely up their with the best rhythm sections in metal at the moment, while guitarist Trevor Peres is as good as ever and fellow six stringer Ken Andrews continues to proves what an underrated player he is.
Alongside ‘Brave’, Obituary continues in a breakneck fashion with ‘Sentence Day’ before the mid-paced and riff led goodness (something that Obituary have always done well) of ‘A Lesson In Vengeance’ brings some classic Florida death metal groove into the proceedings. ‘End It Now’ is the sound of Obituary on pummelling form, while ‘Kneel Before Me’, with its punishing groove, has to be the highlight of the album, harking back to the Slowly We Rot days in both idea and execution.
As that unmistakable Tardy growl is unleashed on ‘Turned To Stone’, you can’t help but smile at the fact that Obituary, one of the genre’s best ever bands, are on form as good as they are here. The band sound as they are having so much fun with this record and this is reflected in the energy that is contained in the music and its delivery. The album ends brilliantly with ‘Straight To Hell’ and ‘Ten Thousand Ways To Die’ and the only thing you will want to do is put the album straight back on again from the start.
With this self-titled record, Obituary have proven that not only will they be remembered as one of the great metal bands ever, but that they still have the talent and will to make music as good as they ever have so far into their story’s career. All the hallmarks of classic Obituary are here and are delivered with a passionate edge that is impossible to ignore.