Obituary were my number one outfit back in the day. First it was Slowly we Rot. Then came the monster that was 'Cause of Death.' After this the Obies let themselves downa bit with 'End Complete', but not much, they just never lived up to the genius that was the combined brilliance of their first 2 albums.
Then came World Demise.
This album see's the Obies trying so hard to branch out of their death metal abode and try for the cross over market. Unfortuneatly, it just didn't gel as well as it could have, if it could have at all. No amount of shotgun samples, hip hop intros or explosive effects were going to mask the fact that the actual songs, the music, was lacking in memorable creativity. Its a shame, as the band are very accomplished musicians, and the music itself is played perfectly, its just the fact its not very interesting. The single 'Don't Care' was quite straight down the line Obituary, with mid paced crushing guitars, and John Tardy's gutteral growl with strained chorus. But that, for me, was about it. There are a few other god riffs on here, but they are used so sparingly, usually as openers, that you forget them pretty quickly. I bought this on Vinyl, so I don't know about the cd, but on the end of mine there is some traditional African Water music ?? Why? I'm all into eclectic musical tastes, but it was just the wrong move for this album.
As I have said on other Obituary reviews, they deserve to be up there in the top 5 bands most likely to have shaped the death metal genre, but they missed the mark with World Demise.