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Album Review

The return of Obituary in 2005 came as a surprise, for the band hadn't been active since the mid-'90s. They sort of petered out after World Demise in 1994, releasing the ho-hum Back from the Dead in 1997 and then calling it a day as the bandmembers busied themselves elsewhere, most visibly as guitarist Allen West enjoyed a lot of success in Six Feet Under. Obituary's reunion album, Frozen in Time, wasn't only a surprise because of the long absence, though. It also came as a surprise because it's so darn good, up there with the best the band ever recorded, even in their heyday. Clocking in at a brisk ten songs in 35 minutes, Frozen in Time is a perfect Obituary album — almost so perfect it invites such criticisms as "more of the same." But more of the same is perfectly fine when it's done this well, especially for longtime fans nostalgic for the good ol' days of death metal. Obituary never were a band to push the boundaries, after all — avant-garde death metal they were not. Then again, there was a day when they were cutting-edge, that is, way back in 1989 when they debuted with Slowly We Rot, a trailblazing statement for its time and one that inspired a legion, if not legions, of followers. In subsequent years Obituary kept doing what they do well, even as they became increasingly passé with time. Yet passé or not, they do what they do especially well on Frozen in Time. The pummeling guitar tandem of West and Trevor Peres shines brilliantly, each of them co-penning half the album respectively. Vocalist John Tardy sounds as wicked as he did back in the day, his trademark growl still intact despite the years of wear and tear. And the rhythm section sounds perfectly integrated, partly thanks to Mark Prator's first-rate production (and that trademark Morrisound mixing courtesy of the maestro himself, Scott Burns). There's really no need to go on about the details of how the band sounds here, though — it sounds like Obituary, plain and simple. What's important to know is that the guys really seem into it here, writing killer songs, benefiting from the best production out there, and playing their asses off ("On the Floor," "Back Inside," "Mindset," and "Lockjaw" are all highlights). If it sounds like "more of the same," that's the point. After one album in a decade, it's a blessing to have Obituary back together and sounding this stellar. If you're a fan — new or old — you'll absolutely love Frozen in Time. It's as good if not better than any of the band's other albums. It's so good, in fact, the title could well refer to the sound of the band: sounding as if death metal were still as vibrant and exciting as it was back in the early to mid-'90s when Obituary were the shiznit and a thousand and one young Scandinavians were taking notes by candlelight.

Customer Reviews

Death metal.

I got this as a promo at a Roadrunner Records listening party a few years back. At the time, I must have been too young to know how to enjoy death metal. It's too bad it collected dust for so long. This album is incredible. Every last riff, every guitar piece, it brings this feel to the music that you usually don't get unless you listen to Slayer, Morbid Angel, or Death. I don't know what it is, but I won't argue. This is absolutely phenomenal.

Still going strong!

It was 4 am in the morning when I first heard John Tardy’s menacing growl and I know I would never be the same. It further confirmed my love for Florida death metal and this is some of the best that my beloved state can provide. There is no better theme music to set Daytona speedway car crashes to. I want it all…body parts flying everywhere, blood spattered windshields, and bystanders screaming at the horror of it all. The air is so thick with fear that even the arriving ambulance’s lights can’t cut through it.

what's not to like?

if redneck stomp sounds like a godsmack song, it's cuz obituary could do it and not make it sound like crap like all of godsmacks so called music

Biography

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....
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