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This is easily one of the best, if not the best Obituary record to date. Its chock full of excellent doom riffage and groove, furthering the sound created on ‘The End Complete.
The album starts off by kick the listener in the head and it doesn’t stop until the second to last track. The production is pretty good given the time period and record label. The guitars are heavy, groovy and slow. The leads preformed by West admittedly aren’t as ambitious as they were on ‘World Demise’, but unlike ‘WD’ this album is actually good.
The bass does its standard of following the guitars. The drums on the other hand are brilliant. Donald Tardy is by far one of the most underrated drummers in the Metal scene. He never follows the crowd in his approach or style. He blasts and floods only when it works for the song. He is truly the best musician in the band.
The vocals are of course in fine form as well, with John Tardy providing his trademarked wretched and tortured shrieks and growls. Over all this is just one groovy Doom ride. This band, labeled as straight ‘Death Metal’ since its inception has really been more of a Doomdeath Metal band, at least on every record post Murphy.
This record doesn’t deserve ANY of the bad reviews its received over the years. This is truly a brilliant moment in both Doomdeath Metal and Metal in general.