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hard to say........
on 17 April 2007
Obituary split in 1997,for differing reasons and reformed in 2003 and this 2005 is the fruit of that toil,an album that blends their earlier faster,death metal stylings with their slower,more accessible sounds that featured in their last album before they split in 1997.
Vocalist John Tardy always had a lower death growl than the majority of death frontmen and here his vocals are,while angry,are very far removed from corpsegrinder of cannibal corpse for example,they are still death vocals but not that harsh so there will always be a window of opportunity for obituary to pick up a few new fans along the way.
The album is 34 minutes long so the average song is just over 3 minutes so thats a great idea,bands like dying fetus can just outstay their furious welcome with 7 minute death metal epics,this is a better all round length of song,of course this album isnt perfectmsounding both old and new at the same time and for that a little messy,songs like 'on the floor' dont work while crackers like 'insane' and the albums best track 'stand alone' do ,obituary are also tapping in to a more hardcore sound at times ,something not unlike hatebreed on the odd song either.
While death metal purists may find bones to pick out of this,it must be said that this isnt a bad release and while it cant wear the cloak and crown of their seminal classic 'slowly we rot' this isnt a bad comeback album at all,and this years follow up could well place the florida giants back where they belong.