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Obituary – Inked in Blood Review

12 Jacket (Gatefold - Two Pocket) [GD30OB2-N]

Released By: Relapse

Release Date: October 2014

Genre: Death Metal




John Tardy – Vocals

Trevor Peres – Guitar

Donald Tardy – Drums

Terry Butler – Bass

Kenny Andrews – Guitar



Centuries Of Lies
Violent By Nature
Pain Inside
Visions In My Head
Back On Top
Inked In Blood
Deny You
Within A Dying Breed
Minds Of The World
Out Of Blood
Paralyzed With Fear



Obituary have been at this game now going on 30 years and released two of the most important death metal albums of all time – namely “Slowly We Rot” and “Cause of Death”. This is their 9th full length studio album and one that has shaken off the water treading of the last couple of releases. Whilst not bad records they just didn’t have any real stand out moments and they kind of drifted off the radar.  This album was fan funded through a kickstarter project which the band has heaped praise upon and a method which appears to have regenerated them. Written over a period of the last 3 years they have certainly got back nearer to the core of what Obituary is about. Launching the record with “Centuries of Lies” it is all in on an up tempo track with the vocals of John Tardy sounding as demented as ever but yet with more clarity than before. The guitar sound still has that primitive death metal sound complimented by the bombastic drum sound that is synonymous with Obituary.

The band sound re-energised on the fast songs with the aggression really cutting through, the past couple of albums there was the heaviness but it was very formulaic sounding. This time around it sounds like they have grasped all the elements they are renowned for, taken their time and pieced together the songs and cut away any surplus. The songs are relatively short, don’t overstay their welcome and keeps the pressure on throughout the record. “Deny You” is standout with an abrasive crawling riff that sticks to your brain and demands repeated plays.  This record will satisfy the death metal fans and pick up new ones along the way. After so long and putting out this standard of record is welcomed and shows the young bucks how it is done Florida style.


Written by Dave Mccallum

Ratings    Dave    8/10

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