on 10 November 2003
Obituary were a top Death Metal band and they are still missed by many fans today, but in truth, as good as they were, they went through their whole career without ever looking remotely likely to produce another album as good as this, their debut. It’s not overstating the case to claim that this is one of the classic Death Metal releases of all time, along with the likes of Morbid Angel’s ‘Abominations’, Deicide’s self-titled debut and Cryptopsy’s ‘None So Vile’. It may not be the heaviest album ever released in the genre, nor anything like the most technical (Cryptopsy annihilate them on both counts, to be honest), but it had that certain je ne sais quoi that made it stand out above its many contemporaries. Perhaps the most striking thing about the album, even to this very day, is the sound of John Tardy’s vocals. He really does sound like a man in genuine pain. Only possibly Alan Dubin of the ultra-disturbing Doom Metal band Khanate comes close to the agony expressed in Tardy’s vocal vomitings. He doesn’t really sing as such, he just barks out his agonised noises in rough time with the music. Then the music itself is special. It’s difficult to describe why but the whole feel of the album is just right with slow grinding sections and blinding speedblasts all seemingly effortlessly in the right place in each song. Being from as early as it is (1989) there’s no real use of blastbeats, but there is a liberal usage of double bass drum assaults that power the songs onwards, performed by Don Tardy, brother of vocalist John and now drummer for Andrew WK. Never mind. All summed up then, this is one of the finest and most influential Death Metal albums ever recorded and any fan of the genre who doesn’t own it (not that many of them, to be honest) need to buy it as quickly as possible.
on 11 January 2002
This truly is awesome, from the eerie intro and frantic riffing of internal bleeding to the slow sludginess of the title track...This album is one of the albums that kick started death metal...
The guitar and bass work is brilliant. The Drumming is superb...And John Tardy's vocals are even better! He just sounds in-human he is so ferocious!
Any death metal fans should own this...And with it being early DM it is more thrashy and less blast-beat orientated so thrash fans should take a look too!
Obituary’s 1st album is rightly regarded as one of the classic groundbreaking early death metal albums, and it still stands up well today. All the trademark Obituary sounds are already firmly in place, with the punchy death metal given a new heaviness by the addition of slower groovier riffs, and John Tardy’s incredible moans and screams instantly mark him out as the greatest death metal vocalist ever. Perhaps inevitably the sound quality isn’t quite up to their later records (this was apparently the first record the now legendary Scott Burns ever produced) but the downtuned guitars are still shockingly heavy for the time. Obituary probably peaked with their 2nd album ‘Cause Of Death’, but their debut remains an essential buy for all death metal fans.
on 18 April 2006
death metal is a genre i dont love with all my heart,i do own some classics in the genre and this is claerly one of the better ones,the heaviness is evident,the groovy riffs can send me flying across the room,the album is more focused on being heavy than being technical and thats obituarys strength,they are as heavy as they come,this is a vital debut that never compromises of relents,album opener internal bleeding sets the tone for an album that wants to shock with lyrical content and the sheer brutality of it all,with most obituary albums melody isnt always apparent but its there,but its still very enjoyable to listen too,john tardys vocals are as immense as they come and they really act as another instrument adding to the bands undisputed heaviness,this is a classic and do believe the hype