Obituary - _Back from the Dead_
by: Adrian Bromley (
Obituary with hardcore elements? No? Really? Could this really be happening? Well, metalheads, don't lose your respect for one of the music scene's most beloved death metal outfits as they have surfaced once again with the appropriately titled _Back from the Dead_ and the results are good as Obituary come back to us with a modern feel to their music. I, for one, had thought that the plug had been pulled on Obituary after the somewhat unsuccessful last effort, _World Demise_, but I guess they were spared one last chance. Will this be the last effort? We'll see, but at this point in time, what the band has provided us with is a cool, grooved (YES! groove) album that still provides us with vintage Obituary slugs and screams, but coats it with a definite 90s feel. Take the hardcore element (of grooves and tempo) into account. As it may have been considered something that would have detracted us away from Obituary's bludgeoning riffs and morbid tales (I will admit I don't like the hardcore delivery of "Bullituary" remix), it has only spiced up the flow of the material. A bit stronger and far more in yer face than previous songs, but still Obituary. John Tardy has always delivered solid song writing/vocals and I'm hoping that we will see more of the band as we near the year 2000. It would be a shame to lose another great band like Obituary.
(article published 6/7/1997)
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