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Unlike most of the Florida bands that first defined death metal at the tail end of the ’80s, Obituary didn’t rely strictly on lightning speed. In fact, on songs like “’Til Death” and “Slowly We Rot,” they often sludged in the opposite direction, fabricating rigor mortis like the corpses John Tardy was barking and burping about. He sounds unbelievably malevolent, and between chainsaw guitar solos (check “Suffocation”) and double bass drums that actually roll, he gets all the wicked support he needs.

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Slowly We Rot

This album has some killer heavy riffs! "Immortal Visions", "Suffocation", and "Intoxicated" top my list...I remember playing this album over and over gain while playing Road Rash back in the day!!!

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slowly we rot is the heaviest song ever

A Must-Have Classic

Don't hesitate to get all of this essential DM release. It is bar far one of the best old-school DM albums ever. John Tardy's vocals are killer, the drumming is excellent, and the guitar work will put a smile on your face.


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 a 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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