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4.0 out of 5 stars Oooh, this is much better!, 15 Aug. 2007
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This review is from: Xecutioner's Return: Special Edition (Audio CD)
Those fans of the first three albums who have felt consistently short-changed by sucessive releases will be pleased that Xecutioner's Return has a real grasp of the 1989-1992 era. The mix really captures The End Complete sound, chugging tunes from Cause of Death and some faster and mid-paced material akin to Slowly We Rot. This is a better effort in comparison with Frozen in Time, and for fans like me who really were disappointed in the experimentation of World Demise, have no fear - this is proper Obituary: low tone and distorted as Hell just as on album three. Replacing a boozey Allen West hasn't hurt for the sake of this album though you'll notice some Friedman-esque solos Megadeth era, as well as some efforts evident from Trevor Peres. Expect the typical solid deliveries of Frank Watkins and brothers Tardy - but no End Complete-style jams, unfortunately.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BACK ON TOP FORM, 3 Sept. 2007
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Mr. S. Rick (Derby U.K.) - See all my reviews
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Upon listening to this throughout i,m instantly impressed and felt i had to write a review. The first thing that hit me was the sound, maybe their best sounding offering to date with a big de-tuned and was one of the reasons i fell for this band in the first place. Not up to the standards first set out on their 1st and 2nd albums but i feel thats not the point, a return to form for a great band and for the genre too. There's a mixture of tempo's thrown in with obituary never afraid to go slow and there no straner to speed either ignore the terrorizer review (think they missed the point of good old style death, if you're a fan you my own it, if you're undecided still, i cant see how this would dissapoint
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5.0 out of 5 stars Executioner's Return with a bang, 11 Oct. 2007
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What a Album!!! I have been an obituary fan for a long time and i have to say it after the slightly dissappointing frozen in time, this album is a real treat.Obies are fantastic in the album, lots of heavy good old fashioned riff, tons of tempo changes makes for real good headbanging.Songs like blood shot, contrast in dead work,in your head remind you of the end complete and the good bits of obituary and the fact that metal can be good and does not have to be a wall of sound. go buy this album, you will love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More of the same, 17 Sept. 2007
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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Studio album number 7 for Obituary, and by now we've reached the stage where reviewing this band's albums is a virtually academic excercise as, like Motorhead, Obituary simply do not evolve at all and are content to release album after album of near identical-sounding material (even the differences between the individual songs are slight, witness the way 'Lasting Presence' kicks off with exactly the same riff as 'Face Your God' ends with). Even the addition of a new lead guitarist has little impact - when Ralph Santolla joined Deicide the change in sound was startling, with 'Executioner's Return' if you didn't know there'd been a line-up change you'd never know it from listening to the record.

That's not to say 'Executioner's Return' is a poor album, it's just another solid but unspectacular Obituary album. The record company hype and the title alluding to the bands early days trumpet this album as some kind of 'return to form', but it's really practically identical to 'Frozen in Time' - a decent offering, but a little generic and forgettable compared to such classics of the genre as 'Cause of Death'.

Still, whilst Obituary may never recapture such past glories again it's good to see them still sticking to their guns, and whilst 'Executioner's Return' is no classic it's still an anjoyable slab of death metal. The production is solid, with those downtuned guitars dripping some incredibly heavy sludgy riffs. Good stuff, but hardly essential.

NB - The limited edition comes in a cardboard box containing a poster and (more importantly) a bonus track, which amusingly contains a riff more than slightly reminiscent of Slayer's 'Ghosts of War'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars heavyy, 24 Mar. 2013
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Lasse Petersen (Denmark) - See all my reviews
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also a great album. and it came wiht a small poster and i liked how the cd looked like a LP.
good music for sure.
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