Catalogue # RCD 9370
Recorded and mixed at Morrisound Studios, Tampa, Florida.
Produced by Scott Burns
Music by Trevor Peres and Donald Tardy, except "Cause of Death", by Allen West and Trevor Peres, and "Circle of the Tyrants", by Tom G. Warrior
Lyrics for Circle of the Tyrants by Tom G. Warrior.
The cover art was supposed to be the cover of Sepultura
's album "Beneath the Remains", but Roadrunner Records let Obituary use it first, even though "Cause of Death" was released in 1990, a year after "Beneath the Remains". Sepultura chose another Michael Whelan illustration instead.
The vinyl picture disc edition of Cause of Death includes one bonus track not available elsewhere. It's a new version of "Like the Dead", an old tune from the Xecutioner's days, this track is also featured on the two song demo "Find the Arise". Later both tracks were featured on the Raging Death sampler.
Reissued by Roadrunner Records
, on January 27th 1998, remastered, on a gold disc and with a new expanded booklet and the bonus tracks:
10. Infected (Demo) (04:16)
11. Memories Remain (Demo) (03:34)
12. Chopped in Half (Demo) (03:45)
Reissued by Roadrunner Records on September 9th 2003, remastered as a part of Roadrunner's Two from the Vault series along with Slowly We Rot
on 2 CDs with the same bonus tracks as the 1998 reissue.
Released on tape by Metal Mind Records (MASS 0081).