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Signs of progression...,
This review is from: World Demise (Reissue) (Audio CD)
As great an album as `The End Complete' was it just couldn't match up to `Cause Of Death', and Obituary seemed to have realised that they are never going to better what they have already achieved, with 4th album `World Demise' at last showing signs of the band progressing. It's still 95% Obituary of old, with the bands classic sound intact and heavy as ever, but uniquely amongst their discography it shows them at least trying to do something different, with the inclusion of a number of samples - notably the shuddering earthquakes and propeller effects in the title track and the tribal rhythms of Kill For Me - while the album artwork sees the band ditching the old rather cartoony heavy metal evil imagery for the horrors of reality. Sadly however the one thing that lets this album down is the quality of the songs themselves, as despite the odd exception most of the tracks are somewhat weaker than those of previous Obituary albums, with many of the riffs failing to remain long in the memory (ironically probably the best track is the bonus track Killing Victims Found). It all sounds excellent though thanks to the Scott Burns production, and the searing guitars and John Tardy's typically immense vocal roars ensure that this is still require listening for any self respecting death metal fan. `World Demise' is ultimately a weaker album than the 3 that preceded it, and can be seen as another step in the steady decline of the fortunes of one of the world's best death metal bands, but thanks to the bands attempts to progress this still sounds fresh today and remains their sole slight deviation from the formula they created on `Slowly We Rot'. Not their best album by any means - but still a damn good one.