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Album Review

Death metal practitioners Obituary take their detuned sludge riffing to its crushing apogee on their fourth full-length release, World Demise. With a lineup that includes John Tardy on vocals, guitarists Allen West (lead) and Trevor Peres (rhythm), Donald Tardy on drums, and bassist Frank Watkins, the group continued to tighten and intensify their death meets doom metal sound. While Obituary tended toward a slower approach when compared to fellow Florida death metal outfits like Death and Morbid Angel, Tardy shows off some tasty double bass playing in fevered spurts. The drumming is formidable, indeed, but West and Peres' incessant riffing is Obituary's main attraction. The two guitarists distribute their low-slung grooves nicely inside Tardy's hard-fought pocket with an oppressive singularity. Highlight cuts include the energetic opener "Don't Care" and the slow pounding "Splattered" and "Final Thoughts." Listeners unfamiliar with the genre might not withstand the one-note sonic texture and extreme vocals, but open-minded metal fans with a taste for doom grooves and hoarse vocal growls should enjoy the persistent, well-executed riffage of World Demise.

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This album may be a bit over-produced for the likes of Obituary, but it still crushes. John Tardy really enunciates his vocals on this one. There are a lot of effects on this disc but there are some crushing riffs in tunes like World Demise, Solid State, Final Thoughts, Kill For Me. Classic Obituary!!!

Both heavy and accessible.

Obituary is a difficult-to-classify band. They aren't as fast and brutal as Cannibal Corpse - in fact at times they are almost poppy - but they are undeniably death metal. In fact they were originally one of the most influential bands in the genre. This is an album of midtempo grooves, solid and typically non-technical riffs, and vocals by John Tardy that are more a half-sung/half-spoken growl (that is actually understandable) than the screaming cookie monster vocals of bands like Cannibal Corpse and Deicide. I consider Obituary to be my favorite classic death metal band because they are a bit more accessible than some other bands, but their music is still heavy, angry, and violent.

world demise

Great album from one of the early pioneers of american death metal. More acomplished then their previous work. Great for any fan of death metal.


Formed: 1986 in Tampa, FL

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Possessed and Death may have brought death metal to life, but Obituary brought it to fruition. After releasing some demos as Xecutioner as far back as 1986, the five-man band debuted as Obituary in 1989 with Slowly We Rot, and in a word, the album was landmark. The previous forays into what would quickly become tagged as death metal -- primarily by the above-mentioned bands, Possessed and Death, along with grindcore innovators Repulsion and Napalm Death -- were exercises in relentlessness. These...
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