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Obituary – Obituary Review

Released by: Obituary

Release Date:  March 17, 2017

Genre:  Death Metal






Vocals: John Tardy

Guitar: Trevor Peres

Guitar: Allen West

Bass: Terry Butler

Drums: Donald Tardy




1. Brave

2. Sentence Day

3. Lesson In Vengeance

4. End It Now

5. Kneel Before Me

6. It Lives


8.Turned To Stone


Forming in 1984 as Executioner then Xecutioner before changing their name to “Obituary”, they released their first album ‘Slowly We Rot’ in 1989, and since then, they’ve been considered one of the premiere death metal bands in the world. They’ve gone through some lineup changes over the years, but the driving force of John and Donald Tardy and guitarist Trevor Peres have been together since the beginning. After 35 years, these pioneers, of Florida Death Metal, are still putting out some of their best work. They will release their new, and tenth studio album on March 17,  the self-titled ‘Obituary’. Simply put, the new album is a scorching neck breaker from beginning to end. Fans have been anxiously waiting for a new Obituary album since the 2014’s brutal masterpiece “Inked In Blood”.

They kick off this record with the fast and furious screamer ‘Brave’. As soon as this song starts you can hear the unmistakable “Obituary” sound, punishing guitars, smash mouth drums and John’s trademark vocal style. ‘Sentence Day’ has a smoking guitar playing throughout, with great solos. ‘Lesson In Vengeance’ has a great groove to it. ‘End It Now’ starts off with the double bass drum assault, that will get your head banging, and will leave your neck sore as hell, if not snapped in two! ‘Kneel Before Me’ & ‘It Lives’ have a great groovier feel to them. ‘Betrayed’, ‘Turned to Stone’, ‘Straight To Hell’ are probably our favorite tracks on this album. These songs continue the assault on your senses that has been non-stop from song number one, hammering your ears with great guitar work, pounding drums and the vocals that have driven Obituary for so many years. Ending this album is ‘Ten Thousand Ways To Die’. And there is no better way to finish it off than with this tune.

This album will continue their reign at the top of the death metal scene that has been around for decades. And with no end in sight, Obituary will be among one of the best Death Metal bands for many more years to come. Obituary has stayed true to their roots and have never wavered, and continue to sound as great as they did 35 years ago. It’s a sign of the dedication Obituary has to their fans. After 35 years, they have kept to the basic formula and stayed on the path they love and know so well.Just a bit of lightening up in this genre, and fans will let you know.

They have constantly put out album after album of top notch death metal. And they’ve given their fans another outstanding album.   Obituary is heading out on the road for a world tour. We got to see these guy’s last year, hoping to see them again this year. If you have a chance to see them, make sure you do, you won’t regret it!


Written by: Pam and Mark Schaff

Ratings:  9/10


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