on 17 January 2002
Another lost band... Obituary made some very good music in their time, and don't deserve to be consigned to the "Where Are They Now" column.
This is a more thought-out album then "Cause Of Death" or "Slowly We Rot", but it's not as good as either of them. The promotion for this album was huge compared to the others, and they all found their niches in their sound to really get comfortable with it.
There's some good songs on here, most of them a little bit of a progression from "Cause Of Death"'s Celtic Frost-style sound. The solo's may not have been as technical as the one's that James Murphy did, but I think that Trevor Peres learnt some good stuff from him.
This set them up for another truly great album "World Demise", and exposed all those who didn't know them to the delights of their music.
Very important album this, and the gold disc has a nice extra, which is a live track.
on 10 February 2013
Death metal classic from the early 90's. Slow passages and thrash pacing too. No blast beats, downtuned guitars and the trademark Scott Burns production combine to make a true classic of the genre. The album, despite being made in Florida, by Floridians, has a very cold feel to it- in line with the cover art. Gloomy stuff.
Having peaked with their 2nd album ‘Cause of Death’ Obituary have spent the rest of their career releasing albums that just come up short of their past glories. The bands 3rd album ‘The End Complete’ is pretty much sonically identical to the last album, with only the slightly more punchy drum sound separating the two, so inevitably the album suffers a little from failing to take the band anywhere new, though to be fair to them this album is probably the closest they ever came to equalling the mighty ‘Cause of Death’, and still easily warrants a five star rating in it’s own right. There are no real fillers on the album, and some of the riffs rank amongst the best they have ever come up with (such as the lurching stop start finale of the title track, or the groovy instrumental opening two minutes of Killing Time) and the bands use of time signatures is excellent, with the mix between faster groovier riffs and crushingly heavy moments exemplified by the close of In The End Of Life, where the band gradually slow down the main guitar part into a real sludgy doom riff.
‘The End Complete’ may follow too closely in the footsteps of ‘Cause of Death’ to ever match that album, but this is still one of the bands better efforts. Supposedly the best-selling death metal album ever, ‘The End Complete’ is a worthy bestseller.