Another legendary band formed in the mid 80s Florida underground scene is Obituary. Originally under the name Xecutioner, they changed their name to Obituary prior to the release of their first album.
Slowly We Rot
was released in 1985 to little fanfare except the underground scene. Though the methodical sound was shining through. Obituary is one of the slower bands of the genre focusing on powerful grinding riffs and the unique vocal styling of John Tardy.
The album that proved them to be worthy of the title legendary is without a doubt Cause of Death (1990). Almost every song on the disc is a masterpiece. Thanks in part to some great guitar work by Mr. James Murphy who was brought in to play lead on this album. Everything 'clicked' and a death metal masterpiece was born. Cause of Death is a must own for any fan of the genre or the band. Well engineered and as brutal as it gets. This disc contains the cover song Circle of the Tyrants (Celtic Frost) given the Obituary face lift. The opening track, Infected, opens with a pseudo-industrial sound backdrop fading into a slow grinding riff with Murphys intro solo quickening until the song hits full force. John Tardy has one of the most unique voices in metal and there is no disappointment here either. He sounds like a demon screaming for control of your soul.
The End Complete was released in 1992 featuring the bands original lineup, and was devoured by fans hungry for the next Obituary offering. It proved a solid offering but the best was yet to come.
1994s World Demise was on par with Cause of Death. Well engineered with every track being a standalone masterpiece. From the opening track Don't Care to the final track Kill for Me you are in for a sonic assault every step of the way. The song Redefine has a unique, almost funky, groove that had not been in any other Obituary song to date and they executed it quite well. Another must own Obituary CD.
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The End Complete
Till Death - Live
Slowly we Rot - Live questionable quality
Donald Tardy Drum Solo - Live